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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