In Defense of Drugs

by Jason Alan

I’m getting awfully tired of the crazy approaches so many people take on drugs. There’s either strong denial, ignorance or just plain stupidity when it comes to this subject. Or worse, a combination of the three. If you break it down to the raw basics, the vast majority of us do drugs in some form or another.

There are, of course, the two extremes. There are the heroin and meth users, and then there are the “straight” people. Aside from a very small percentage, even the straight people do drugs. Even if they don’t drink alcohol or smoke cigarettes. Whether it’s the caffeine in the sodas and coffee they drink daily or it’s the prescriptions they get from their doctor.

But what is the difference between these two groups? Nothing. Until they do something to hurt someone else. The “hard drug” users are always painted as the bad guys, even if most of them would never even think of hurting someone or stealing to get drugs or for any other reason.

The people in between are the ones who don’t do illegal drugs but they smoke and/or drink. The majority of people land in this group. Most people you know either smoke or drink, or both. How many of them do you think would rob a liquor store to “get their fix” if they didn’t have any money? Probably none of them, right? Yet alcohol and nicotine have proven to be extremely high on the list of addictive substances.

What’s my point? The problem isn’t the drugs, it’s the people. As a society we need to step back and look at the situation logically. To quit blaming the drugs and start focusing on the people that are doing horrible things. Who’s to say that the guy stealing money from his roommate for drugs wouldn’t do the same if he wasn’t doing drugs, or do something else equally as bad?

We have to accept that there are terrible people in this world. There always have been and there always will be. Throughout history there has been example after example of bad apples in the bunch, many of them not under the influence of any illegal drugs.

We need to stop imprisoning nonviolent people for no other reason than just having them or selling them to adults who want them. You could fill volumes with just the names of people who are locked up or have been locked up because of drugs. An incredible amount of them spend more time in prison than those who have literally raped or killed someone. Is this anywhere close to justice? Or sanity for that matter?

Some people also need to stop looking at others in such a negative light and take a good long look in the mirror. Do you look down at people who smoke a joint or drink some beers at the end of their work day, but behind the mirror that you should be looking into there are bottles of pills? Even if you aren’t one of those people, you probably know people like that, whether you know it or not.

And I’m sure that many would respond that they know someone whose life was ruined by drugs, but they would be wrong. It’s their own fault and they need to own up to it. The alcohol didn’t pour itself into a glass and force itself down their throat. The drugs didn’t sneak into their home during the night and march up their nose like tiny crystal soldiers. It’s time people take responsibility for their own actions.

I for one am sick and tired of being treated like a child. I’m angry about it, in fact. Who the fuck is anyone else to tell me what I can and can’t put into my own body? Fuck that. I can do whatever I want until I harm or steal from others. Until then, get off my fucking back, assholes.

It’s a cold hard fact that people want to do drugs, plain and simple. If you don’t realize this, get your head out of the sand. Or your ass, or wherever it may be.