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RE: Drugs
By Catlin Rettke


April 28, 2006

I like to think I'm pretty well versed in addiction and it's effects on the brain and the body. It is true that nobody choose to become an addict, but it is equally as true that every addict had a chance to quit, and a chance to say no, and I'm pretty sure most addicts knew addiction was a possible result of their escalating drug use.

What separates a "responsible drug user" from and "irresponsible drug user" are the same things that separate a light sleeper from an insomniac, and a nervous person from someone with panic attacks.

If your drug use starts interfering with the rest of your life in a notable way, you are being irresponsible.

I believe that every person on earth is capable of being a responsible drug user, but I also believe that the vast majority simply would not use drugs responsibly.

But still, Im not here to say drugs are a great and amazing thing, or that anyone should use them, or even that their dangers are exaggerated. Im simply trying to say that it seems wrong to make it illegal to do them. It seems unamerican and the laws are like giving a patient a band-aid for a concussion. It just hurts to take off later.

By the way, that's a reference to prohibition.

Catlin Rettke
Ketchikan, AK - USA

About: 19 year old male Alaskan.

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