In Response to Kelsey’s Blog on Teenage Drug Abuse.

Abusing drugs. What a cliche thing to assume teenagers are doing. Do you know what “Drug Abuse” is defined as? n. addiction to drugs. And how do they define addiction? n. the state of being enslaved to a habit or practice or to something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming, as narcotics, to such an extent that its cessation causes severe trauma. I’m no drug user myself, but I’m not about to claim I don’t know any. None of them abuse drugs, which means none of them are addicts.
It upsets me, this stereotype which goes along with people who use drugs. (Which marijuana is technically not a drug because its a natural substance.) If you would tell someone that so and so did marijuana this weekend, they would immediately make the judgement that this person is just another stoner, pothead, lazy bum, whom has no future. This is the exact type of close minded prejudice that makes me shake my head. These casual drug users are the athletes, the artists, the academically inclined, and musicians that make up the teenage population.
I want no one to get the wrong idea, that I encourage drug/substance use or am a user myself. Thats not my reasoning for writing this. I needed to express my distaste with people who immediately get upset at the mention of teen drinking or teens doing marijuana. Experimenting is what teens do, its what we are told to do. We are told to read, learn, see, taste, and experience as much as possible. There’s no way to prevent it. No school assembly, public funded classroom lecture, or parental speech will stop someone who desires to experience something.

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One Response to In Response to Kelsey’s Blog on Teenage Drug Abuse.

  1. Jake Mokris says:

    Fascinating. You are correct, Morgen, that not all teens who use such drugs are addicted. And yet how does one become addicted? The first use.
    I would contend – as I imagine many people would – that the first use of a substance for “experimentation” (which means it would inherently lack beneficial use) constitutes abuse. Also, since you made a point of exempting marijuana from the drug category, let me define “drug” (from the online Merriam-Webster dictionary):
    “According to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (1): a substance recognized in an official pharmacopoeia or formulary (2): a substance intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease (3): a substance other than food intended to affect the structure or function of the body (4): a substance intended for use as a component of a medicine but not a device or a component, part, or accessory of a device2: a commodity that is not salable or for which there is no demand —used in the phrase drug on the market3: something and often an illegal substance that causes addiction, habituation, or a marked change in consciousness”
    Also, you are forgetting that such “experimentation” is illegal. If this experimentation is inevitable, why is there a law?
    These substances don’t just materialize randomly. Teens procure them through dealers – more people doing something illegal.
    “Experimenting” is indeed what teens do, but you are implying that even dangerous – and sometimes fatal – experimentation should be allowed. Since when do we teach kids by experience? The existence of schools is antithetical to that premise. It is widely believed that Franklin said, “Experience is the best teacher.” What he actually said was this: “Experience keeps a dear school.” In 21st century terms, he said something like this: “Experience is the best teacher; you’ll only get hit by a truck once.” Adults complain because they’re worried: teens experiment, which is part of the desire to learn, but some experimentation is dangerous. And adults don’t want their kids to get hurt. Teens often don’t know what’s best for them; sometimes only adults know what’s best. And all the rebellious teenagers out there (and the idealistic teens like you) need to learn that.
    I applaud you for having a strong opinion – just think about what you’re saying. Most people don’t do that, and if you do you’ll be quite a bit ahead – and quite wise.

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