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Drug Use for Grown-ups

Drug Use for Grown-ups” is the title of a book by Dr Carl Hart.  The sub-title for the book is “Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear”.  He is a Professor at Columbia University and one of the world’s best known experts on the effects of recreational drugs on our minds and bodies.  Despite that, and perhaps because of that, he openly admits that he takes heroin and while he was initially against drugs, his research found less harm in their use.  That does not mean he supports drug use, but what he does say though is that we turn a blind eye to some drugs like alcohol and imprison people for the use of other drugs that in some cases do less damage. 

He also points out, and this is true in South Africa and in America, that the vast majority of people that are arrested for drug use or drug dealing are almost always black people, even though the research shows that white people deal drugs and use drugs in pretty much the same numbers as non-white people.  He says many of the arguments against drugs and in favour of bans and tough prison sentences, are bankrupt arguments.  People die because they have to get hold of drugs illegally and those drugs are often contaminated with poisons and impurities.  He says, in a land like America where people have individual liberties, the decision as to whether he takes drugs or not should be each person’s decision and not the Government’s decision.  He writes, “Further, my responsible drug use should not be subjected to punishment by authorities.  These ideas are central to our notions of liberty and personal freedom.  The current punitive approach to dealing with recreational drug users is wholly un-American.” 

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Danielle  said:
on Monday 14-Jun-21 09:38 AM
I do not support Drugs as may people just abuse it and do not have a limit and cannot control themselves. Its very sad how may lives it takes and family's it destroys.

Sarah   said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 01:32 PM
This is not so simple to say , yes let the addict be able to get his drug of choice. There is some stuff to keep mind, like why are they using in the first to escape, to feel good , to feel better , when they are that stuff , they have no control over what they are doing or their self’s and they hurt the people around them and their loves ones the most .

Chante  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 09:48 AM
As stated people die because of drug use daily, I don't even want to know how many people die due to this on a daily basis. Drugs definitely are a danger to your health and so many people do not only die from poisonous drugs but also due to overdosing. I do not support drug use at all, but everyone is entitled to their own opinions and life choices.

Jessica  said:
on Friday 11-Jun-21 09:34 AM
I have to agree with him, a druggie should be allowed to drug, same like a smoker is allowed to smoke and a alcoholic is allowed to drink. However I personally wish NONE of my kids choose any of these bad habits, especially drugs and alcohol. Because I have seen many people's lives destroyed, because some people just don't know how to stop.

Claudia B  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 10:17 AM
The book sounds very interesting, will definitely go look for it and read it. Addiction is a very bad thing, nothing good comes from it and they also don't realize the damage they do to people around them.

Nikita  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 09:06 AM
I think that most people do not have the self-control to resist becoming wholly consumed by the addiction and dependence of the drugs. The concern is not the drug-addict in my opinion it is the lives around them that they destroy.

Kayla  said:
on Thursday 10-Jun-21 08:46 AM
Addiction is a very dangerous area when it comes to anything. The point of it would be is it a healthy or unhealthy addiction. Drugs unfortunately have destroyed many lives due to an individual not maintaining control. And its quite easy to lose control when it comes to temptation, so I would rather not feed that temptation. At the end of the day it does still remain the individuals choice. This is one in my own opinion I would not make.

Ziyanda  said:
on Wednesday 09-Jun-21 04:40 PM
This is very interesting and I agree with Michelle B that one needs to do everything moderation because once you become dependent on things like drugs, alcohol and gambling, etc then you are no longer in control of you life and can end up dead or in debt.

fikile  said:
on Wednesday 09-Jun-21 01:45 PM
It is always difficult to help people let go of drugs and yet we keep trying to help them. People make their own choices when it comes to their health and most tell you that they can't survive without their medication while they know very well that it's helping the current situation and not other situations. Drugs are a serious problem but people love to pretend like they don't know that, but then it is a personal choice.

Victoria  said:
on Wednesday 09-Jun-21 09:35 AM
I agree a hundred percent with Dune's comment. They don't realize the damage they do to people around them. People can be addicted to a lot of things and not only drugs.

Helen  said:
on Wednesday 09-Jun-21 09:17 AM
Very interesting blog to read and all the comments as well.
I was never one for any drugs, even very careful when I take prescribed pills - when it is very necessary then I would consider.
I would agree, that the drug is not a problem, to be addicted to it - is becoming a problem, problem for all around the one who addicted!

Zindy Kruger  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 03:46 PM
Addictions certainly come in different forms ranging from drugs to cellphones to Gambling. All of which can be life threating in ways if you abuse it if you think about it, Cellphone use whilst driving. Gambling borrowing money from loan sharks and ending in worse situations when they can not pay the money back. Any addiction can break families apart. The worst kind is the psychedelic part when people really abuse and don't realize what damage they do under the influence of that drug. When prescribed for medicinal purposes it limits the person to a certain amount and not abuse or over use like a normal addict.

Roxanne  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 03:16 PM
Wow what an interesting read. Anything could be turned into addictions, such as smoking, alcohol and as funny as it sounds even energy drinks ( which am i a victim of).

Dune  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 02:15 PM
Addicts are not addicted to the drug, they are addicted to the power of escaping. They never realize how much they hurt those around them, whilst "escaping" Remember your dreams are as hungry as your demons. Make sure you feed the right one!

Clare  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 09:08 AM
I am not one for Drugs. There are money drugs out there and anything can set an addition. People turn smoking, alcohol, pill popping ect. I hope people can get through addition but its not always the case.

Michelle B  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 08:40 AM
In life, you need balance. Everything in moderation. But at the end of the day, it should always be the choice of the individual.

Bianca Niemann   said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 08:28 AM
I agree with the fact that we tend to turn a blind eye to other addictive substances, such as alcohol that can also do a lot of damage.

Alexis  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 07:44 AM
I have never been one to use drugs for recreationally purposes. Though, i do agree that it is a persons free will that is taken away when they are the ones that decide to do it. In any event, what is the difference between taking medicinal and recreational - they both have affects on a person, just that the one is prescribed and not necessarily as good for you mentally

david  said:
on Tuesday 08-Jun-21 07:06 AM
while taking drugs, it is important to remember: standard rules apply. besides, anyone can glide down from a high building. it's taking off from the ground that requires real skill!

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