Drugs have been a topic of huge dissension ever since the rise of modern society. As society started to develop and laws started to influence personal freedom, instead of just dealing with serious offenses, people started to realize that some drugs are bad for you. And while some were definitely better off being made illegal, over the years it’s become so that most, if not all psychoactive drugs can grant you a serious life sentence.
But while we can debate the topic day in and day out, the biggest issue is that making all drugs illegal instead of just the dangerous ones, our species’ rebellious and driven nature have led us to pursue what was taken away from us by any possible means. This means that instead of having a controlled environment in which some harmless drugs can be taken safely, we’ve ended up creating more dangers than those we prevented.
There really aren’t any actual illegal gateway drugs – or more likely all illegal drugs are gateway drugs. The explanation is simple. Doing harmless drugs like marijuana was actually proven not lead in and of itself to any stronger drug use. That is, if the drug is legal.
If the drug is illegal, however, the user has to get in contact with some shady individuals in order to procure it – individuals who most often also have stronger, more dangerous drugs. So if the harmless drug hadn’t been made illegal in the first place, people would have far lower chances to actually consider trying something stronger.
Florida’s spice OD epidemic
What is currently happening in Florida is a very good example of this. As marijuana is quite difficult to legally come by, a Spice overdose epidemic has taken over Florida. A synthetic drug similar to cannabis in looks alone, Spice is made of so many chemicals that even some of the manufacturers sometimes don’t know what they put in it.
An increasingly large number of people have been found in stupor-like states, wandering aimlessly around the city. The police have found scores of unresponsive people that had to be rushed to the hospital after consuming too much of the artificial, dangerous drug.
The press is of course over-dramatizing the situation, saying that more and more people are being found in a zombie-like state, but by that they don’t mean any aggressive behavior – just shambling aimlessly through the city’s parks while mumbling incomprehensibly. No fatalities have been reported so far, but they might be soon to come.
State officials claim that they never seen such a huge outbreak of overdoses, most of them stemming from the Crest Lake Park. No arrest or crisis management statements have been released so far, leaving Floridians to wonder whether their chosen officials care more about busting a drug operation than about protecting their citizens.
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