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Drugs-They Ain’t Worth It

July 14, 2008

Maybe it is because I just finished the Heroin Diaries, or maybe I’m just feeling extra sensitive to this kind of thing today. Last night I went to a local bar to see a band play, and the lead singer had obviously had too much to smoke before the show and was high out of his mind. And if that wasn’t enough, he was taking tequila shots onstage. Had it been any other time I probably would have just laughed and ignored it like my friends did, but last night I just couldn’t help but think of what a waste it was. Now, this is a pretty good band, and they were even good while playing drunk and high, and their intoxicated antics were pretty funny to watch…just ridiculous, really…they didn’t make me want to see them again, though.

Now, I’m not going to be the AA police, everyone today knows the harm that drugs and alcohol can do to one’s health, so there isn’t any point in rehashing all that. No, what you put in your body is your own choice, and if for some reason you want to risk it, go right ahead. That is your choice to make.

No, the reason I think people shouldn’t do drugs is because they make you look like a damn fool. I can’t understand why a person would want to stand up on a stage in front of all their friends, family, and fans, and perfect strangers, staring blankly out into space, stumbling around, and ranting into the microphone about how drunk they are. All those people who admire you, and you’re gonna turn up and make an idiot out of yourself. How do people think that is a good idea, or even fun at all? I would think it’d be embarrassing, more than anything.

And then of course there is a more “severe” case like Nikki Sixx’s…which is just heartbreaking. I think after reading that book, I have more firmly grasped exactly how dangerous and devastating drugs can be. Anytime you put strange chemicals like that into your body, you lose a little bit of control over your life. Whatever potential you might have if you were clean, you lose half of when you’re on drugs. They surely don’t help. I’m sure Nikki would be the first one to admit that he not only played the part of a fool while on drugs…he hurt his family, embarrassed his friends and coworkers, and he very nearly paid the ultimate price for his addiction. And it all began with that first smoke.

yea, ask Nikki Sixx if he still thinks the drugs were worth it.

Its not that I didn’t already know all the facts and the consequences. Its not that this has been some sort of revelation to me. I guess all that has really happened is that I have become so much more convinced that drugs of any sort are never something I ever want in my life. I have a pack of cigarettes on my dresser right now, but I’m not going to smoke one. it is starting to gross me out just to think of inhaling that stuff, and it’s just tobacco, which I’m around every day (I live in North Carolina, for goodness sake…tobacco-growing capital of the world) Not even something all that serious. I just don’t want to be under the control of anything. I want to be able to think clearly and rationally, and not have to deal with an addiction. I don’t want to give myself away like that.

Maybe my life is taking a turn for the better? I don’t know. Anyway, I’m glad for once I feel like this, now. maybe one day, everyone will agree.

ROCK ON

PS—-

Now theres a rock star worth listening to 🙂 he’s a good guy at heart…

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  1. jsknow permalink
    July 16, 2008 1:48 am

    It’s time to remove all the politicians that promote prohibition. How many more lives have to be needlessly devastated or lost? Prohibited drugs are way easier for kids to get than regulated drugs! Prohibition never works it just causes crime and violence. The year alcohol prohibition ended violent crime fell by 65 percent.

    On March 22, 1972 the Richard Nixon-appointed, 13-member National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse recommended the decriminalization of marijuana, concluding, “[Marijuana’s] relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.”

    The USA spends 69 billion tax dollars every year on the drug war, builds 900 new prison beds and hires 150 more correction officers every two weeks, arrests someone on a drug charge every 17 seconds, jails more people than any nation and has killed over 100,000 citizens in the drug war.

    In 1914 when there were no prohibited drugs 1.3% of our population was addicted to drugs, today 1.3% of our population is still addicted to drugs and there’s way more crime and violence because of the huge profits prohibition generates.

    Guns have absolutely nothing to do with using drugs, they have to do with drug prohibition. Al Capone didn’t kill people because he was drunk, he killed people because they got between him and his illegal drug money. The same goes for the drug gangsters of today.

    Every time you look at the news you see more and more drug busts involving bigger and bigger quantities of drugs, not less and less. There are much more effective, far less expensive and far less harmful ways to deal with drug use and addiction than the war on drugs.

    There’s only been one drug success story in US history, tobacco, by far the most deadly and one of the most addictive drugs. Almost half the users quit because of regulation, accurate information and medical treatment. No one went to jail and no one got killed.

    Not one person in history has ever died from marijuana. Many have died from its PROHIBITION.

    1997 annual American deaths caused by drugs:
    TOBACCO … 400,000
    ALCOHOL … 100,000
    ALL LEGAL DRUGS … 20,000
    ALL ILLEGAL DRUGS … 15,000
    CAFFEINE … 2,000
    ASPIRIN … 500
    MARIJUANA … 0
    Source: United States Government,
    National Institute On Drug Abuse,
    Bureau Of Mortality Statistics.
    Marijuana And Hemp The Untold Story

    The right; to freedom of religion, free speech, a free press, to keep and bear arms, to be secure in your person, house, papers and effects against unreasonable search and seizure, to life, liberty and property, to be protected from having your property taken by the government without due process of law and without just compensation, to confront the witnesses against you, to be protected from excessive bail, excessive fines, cruel and unusual punishment, to vote and many others have been denied to millions of Americans in the name of the drug war.

    If you are called for jury duty and you don’t agree with the law the person is charged with, you have the right to vote not guilty, no matter what evidence is produced. Jurors implementing this right in all non-violent drug cases will shut down the ridiculous laws of prohibition. One juror in each case is all it takes. The bottom line is a juror has the right to judge not only the accused person but the LAW the person is accused of breaking. Don’t be intimidated stick to your position Vote Not Guilty in all non-violent drug cases.

    You are not going to get arrested if you contact your elected government representatives and tell them you’re in favor of changing the drug laws, or if you get signatures on a drug policy reform petition, so what are you afraid of? If not now, when… If not you, who? Are you one of the millions of Americans that has become addicted to the drug war? Drug prohibition has been going on for decades with zero positive results and tons of negative results. Are you willing to be part of the solution?

    Even the World Health Organization has documented the Failure of U.S. Drug Policies, read the article here, join the mailing list, watch the videos:
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