My last post in regards to Europe and their laid back drug laws got me really thinking about the perception of these substances in the United States. I really think that the taboo that has developed surrounding certain substances in the United States plays a huge role in the frequencies of abuse.
Think about it.
I think this plays even a bigger role in younger people and especially teenagers. Think back to when you were a kid. When your mom made a point to tell you not to do something, didn’t that make you want to do it all that much more?
I think the same applies to drug use in the United States. There is so much emphasis on the detrimental effects of any narcotic or mind altering substance out there that there is no way this doesn’t add to the appeal to teenagers or even younger kids.
Take a minute and think back to when you were in high school. How many kids did you know went out of their way to cause trouble and make a stir in the classroom? God knows I saw too many of them and they fed off this sort of rebellion.
This is where most addicts begin to use certain substances and I think the taboo that we have created around them adds to the appeal. Now I am not saying that we shouldn’t educate children on drug use and abuse, but I think we might be putting too much of an emphasis on it and are trying too hard to scare kids away from them which might be causing the opposite desired outcome.
Let me know what you guys think and thanks for reading my thoughts and opinions on everything, even if they aren’t the most popular views.