The “Righteous” have got their knickers in a twist again about a report that says illegal drug use remains a normal part of life for many people even as they settle down and approach their thirties Recreational drugs of any kind have been used by humans since records began and quite certainly beyond. Humans will pretty much take anything which makes their rather humdrum lives a little more bearable, or simply because it’s fun. Alcohol, tobacco, morphine, cocaine, mushrooms all are used and have been used by people often too relax and blow some steam off. Yet there are some people out there who simply cannot accept that the majority of people are quite capable of taking some form of drug and remaining healthy, unaffected the following morning other than a hangover, do not turn into child killing abominations and seek to make such drugs either illegal, unaffordable or propagandised into some form of health scare.
The study found evidence that many in their late twenties accommodated their use of drugs such as amphetamines and cannabis with holding down jobs, paying mortgages and raising children.
They see their drug habit as a way to help them relax, in a similar way to their parents’ use of alcohol.
The long-term study, conducted by the University of Manchester, found that while drug use falls as people move out of their teens and early twenties, it remains acceptable for many.
It involved tracking the lives of 700 boys and girls from state schools in Greater Manchester and Merseyside from 1991, when they were aged 14.
By the time they had reached 18, more than 90 per cent had been offered drugs, more than half had taken them in the previous year and more than a third in the past month.
Judith Aldridge, a senior lecturer in law at the university, told The Times: “Contrary to received wisdom it seems that not all recreational drug users mature out of their adolescent drug taking and experimentation.
“But far from being out of control, the majority of drug-taking adults appear to be pretty similar to those who seek evening and weekend time out, relaxation and fun through alcohol consumption.
“These adults do not reject the mainstream. Their lives, outside their drug use, sit comfortably amongst these values. However we see them, they appear to accept drug taking as a fairly ordinary, normal activity that is OK.”
I know, amazingly enough these are just ordinary people who hold down jobs, live a normal life amongst us and you’d never know they were drug addled addicts. Save that most of us aren’t, I like a drink, I rarely get drunk but when I do so long as I don’t break the law whose business is it other than my own or the good lady I live with? Same with smokers, I’ve never smoked, but it doesn’t bother me if people light up around me and the result of the “Righteous” campaign against smokers is killing off the pubs where I like to go for a drink. As for illegal drugs, well if people want to take them, that’s up to them, but having made them illegal has pushed those who want to take them into the hands of pushers and means that quality control is non-existent along with high prices too. So simply make them legal and tax them plus keeping them safe to take and not cut with rat poison. I mean they might as well do it, because people are hell bent on taking them anyway, pushing up the prices certainly doesn’t really work, people either find cheaper outlets or move onto something else, usually far worse.
I guess what I’m trying to say is that the government and the “Righteous” should really treat us like adults (I know, I know, not going to happen) except that would mean giving up some of their power over us and that’s about as likely as the pilot light going out in hell. Also we’d still have the cries from those whose offspring took one tablet and died, though it will still happen whether legal or not. The vast majority of us can cope quite well with recreational drugs of all sorts, we keep our jobs and we keep up with the mortgage payments, nor do we become addicts, after all not everyone who likes a drink is an alcoholic are they?
So, it isn’t about health, it isn’t about safety, it’s just another means by the state to keep control and have power. No, not all drugs are safe, but equally not all drugs are dangerously addictive, people though should have control over their lives and decisions, not the state and certainly not the “Righteous” who abound in the fake charities and quango’s who feed off the state.