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I caught an interview earlier in the week with some drugs expert bloke.
By far the biggest number of young people having problems with drugs are uses of alcohol and / or cannabis. Part of the problem with the cannabis is that it is generally much stronger now than it used to be.
He said use of traditional drugs (heroin, cocaine) is down, and the use of newer drugs is up.
Then they used a phrase that really annoys me on news programs "legal highs". They are not legal highs, they are legal plant foods and the like, and anyone taking them shouldn't be too surprised to find themselves dead.
I think when the mainstream media calls them legal highs they put out the idea that there are things which are safe to take available, and encourage people to go looking for them.
Every man can tell how many goats or sheep he possesses, but not how many friends.
Not disagreeing particularly, but I am a believer that no drugs should be illegal; sure control them (script only for example) but to differentiate between the relatively harmless illegal drugs and the patently lethal legal drugs (ever tried sniffing paint from an aerosol (why would you have paint there anyway ) is ridiculous .
What I feel would be better is 'real' information on drugs., and 'legal' supplies - even if you have to go to the docs to get a prescription to get your weekend blast .
In Aus you can't buy more than (I think) two packets of paracetemol from the supermarket, presumably in case you decide to munch a bunch before dinner - but get on E-Bay and buy 'legal' highs and you're off without really knowing what you are buying.
But, if I want to f*** with my mind, why should the state stop me -as long as I don't burden the health system?