I never have and never will understand the attraction for using drugs, or the compulsion to do so.
Drug overdoses and related deaths are no respecter of person, from Presley, Hendrix, Joplin, to the latest celebrity user/victim actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman.
Their deaths are played out in the media, front page, with head wagging anchors/reporters, a process that will include other celebrities weighing in and will culminate in the closure of burial, their death no less regrettable, no less unnecessary than that of other victims.
The tip of the iceberg though, as the number of deaths related to drugs far and away exceeds those of celebrities,the reporting a fleeting mention at best – yet the grief and the loss is no less profound, no less devastating for those within the familial circle.
It isn’t as though users haven’t seen the red lights, lost friends or family of their own, witnessed their own life spiral downward, yet many persist driven by an addiction apparently beyond their control.
I say apparently as those who have taken control, cleaned up, and moved on speaks to a reality that addiction is a foe with it’s own vulnerabilities, it’s own Achilles heel, and can be defeated.
Ultimately it is about the individual, their responsibility, their desire, you can’t force an addict or an alcoholic to quit without locking them up. Not much of solution is it? And usually only a temporary one.
Some have to hit rock bottom and wallow in it for a time, others may have an epiphany, others will die in what amounts to me as little more than an induced suicide resulting from their own behavior.
Marijauna has become a separate issue, and though I don’t use it I believe it has become inevitable that if alcohol is legal so too it would become to the same degree.
There’s is money to be made from it’s usage that the government will want a slice of the pie from – my only concern is that as it becomes “legal” will that be the first incremental steps to legalize or decriminalize the possession, use of, and perhaps distribution of hard drugs that kill and destroy lives and families?
An initial response to that rhetorical question would probably be no, never – yet alcohol is a drug that kills and destroys and it is legal.
I don’t believe that the government, any government, has the right to legislate morality or insert itself in every aspect of a persons life – which is increasingly the trend.
There are obvious exceptions to that and laws to address to them. I can’t speak for the rest of the country but I attribute the increase of drugs and alcoholism and related crimes among the nations as being due in part to the breakdown and abandonment of cultural imperatives, historical values and traditions taught, adhered to, and honored from the cradle to the grave.
Many will argue that this breakdown is due to all we have endured as a people, and that certainly plays a role, but so too do the examples being set and the acceptance of silent consent.
In the end it will always come down to the individual, the choices they make – that being the case we should do everything in our power to ground our children in who we have been, not the internet version of bogus leaders and bogus cobbled together traditions.
To do less strikes me in some ways as being an act of genocide and infanticide.
We are no different than others when it comes to respect, if we want it we have to earn it or live a Hollywood/PBS fantasy….that too is a choice.
If you have children, if you are an aunt, an uncle, or a grandparent look at them as they play or while asleep and ask yourself what do you want for them, what are you willing to do to insure a decent life and future for them?
If you’re a user of any kind are you willing to put the needle or the bottle down for them? If you see them being exposed to such things in your community are you willing to step up?
Do you want you daughters to become a number, a statistic in a rape or abuse chart? Your sons to be a gang member?
Excuses can always be found for what a person does, better to find the reasons not to.