Opposed to the idea of my
By Catlin Rettke
April 13, 2006
"Several years ago I had a friend who had a husband that
was a little man that could only make himself feel "big"
by abusing drugs and alcohol. He beat and abused her, and later
their children when he was high. One day when she had gone to
the store and left him home with the children he got drunk and
passed out, leaving their two-year old unattended. The two-year
old fell out of their apartment window and landed on his head
in the cement driveway below. He has been paralyzed and severely
brain damaged ever since. Would you call this not hurting someone
else?" (RE: Drugs-Freedom, Tori Jackson)
This sort of thing seems to happen far too often to count. I
am aware of many cases where a person chooses to use drugs at
the cost of other's, often ending in death. It is a sad thing
whenever a child is victim to their guardian's life-style and
However, this is an example of irresponsibility with drugs causing
a tragic outcome. It seems that this man was unable to keep his
use of drugs under control. While I do not mean to undermine
the seriousness of this scenario, I would like to point out,
though, that had he exercised more control in his use of drugs,
this specific scenario most certainly would not have unfolded
the way that it did.
I really would like to emphasize that people should not use
drugs, they are unhealthy, have a lot of negative side-effects
and if used irresponsibly, can contribute to tragedies such as
the above mentioned.
Freedom isn't free, and there will always be a negative side
to any freedom we have. Freedom of speech, which many consider
the most important freedom we are promised by the constitution,
has caused countless problems for America. Whether it be kids
picking on each other, or couples spewing hurtful words at each
other in anger, the freedom of speech has been at least partly
responsible for a lot of problems.
However, if used responsibly, freedom of speech can help forward
technology and politics. It can offer a source of resistance
to things we truly need to resist. Alcoholism, drug addiction,
This loosely parallels drugs, If used with discretion, drugs
can offer a small get away from the stress and problems of everday
life. Much like a day at a spa, or a day off spent sipping martinis
in a lawn chair. There also is the potential for religious use,
which when used properly can bring one to achieve spiritual and
Just like with all things, we can choose to use drugs, or we
can choose to not use drugs. I recommend to everyone that they
choose not to use drugs, however, I don't like it when I can
be put into jail because I choose to do something that 'may'
hurt me in some way.
Keep in mind that introducing a psychoactive chemical into my
body does not directly affect anyone else. While my actions may,
these are still my actions, and as such, should be treated in
the same manner as if I had not introduced the chemical into
my body in the first place.
I am very much opposed to the idea of my government deciding
what I can and can't put into my body, and along with that, how
the chemistry of my mind will be affected.
To prevent this from getting to far into psychology and philosophy
I will end with this quote:
""Prohibition will work great injury to the cause
of temperance. It is a species of intemperance within itself,
for it goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to
control a man's appetite by legislation, and makes a crime out
of things that are not crimes. A Prohibition law strikes a blow
at the very principles upon which our government was founded"."
-Abraham Lincoln, Speech in the Illinois House of Representatives,
Dec 18, 1840.
My condolences to the families fallen victim to irresponsible
Ketchikan, AK - USA
About: Catlin Rettke is a19 year old male resident of Ketchikan,
Drugs-Freedom By Tori Jackson - Port Angeles, WA - USA
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