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Despite what our parents told us growing up, people do take drugs. While a lot of people take them for fun, they can cause harm that go deeper than their physiological properties. The lack of regulation surrounding drug manufacturing and selling results in harm. The lack of knowledge about how your personal predispositions come into play when taking drugs can cause harm. The stigma you might feel when talking about drugs causes harm. The legality causes harm. What factors here are changeable? Do these harms need to exist?
Alcohol has been consistently rated the most harmful drug to both the individual and to society. Why is it then, that it is one of the most commonly used and accepted drugs in our daily lives? Sale of alcohol is regulated and controlled, and there are safe zones in our community to indulge in the substance. The same privilege does not apply to many other substances that are often deemed as less safe. Should we consider regulating other drugs and allowing safe spaces to use these substances? Should we alter alcohol regulations?
Looking at the research, sure not taking drugs seems to be the safest option. But is a lifetime of safety the best one for everyone? What happens when you can delve into and heal your post-traumatic stress disorder? What about fighting against your treatment-resistant depression? What about stopping addictions to certain drugs? These things are all possible with specific illicit substances, therefore abstinence isn’t the best option for everyone.
Some of us are lucky and have those classic kick-back friends who you can just yarn about whatever's on your mind, even illicit drugs. Some of us aren’t so lucky to have a safe space to explore our interests. The stigma that society holds against substance is hugely based on misinformation and propaganda. Maybe if we could educate people more and talk about the evidence, conversations would flow a lot easier, and be less scary.