Art Vandelay wrote:Drinking can ruin your life. Smoking can ruin your life. Gambling can ruin your life. Eating McDonalds can ruin your life. Having sex can ruin your life. People shouldn't be told "x is bad, don't do it." They should be told why X is bad, and allowed to make their own informed decisions.
I'm sure we've discussed this before, but there is a huge difference between the effects of alcohol, smoking, McDonalds, sex compared to drugs. I agree that excessive or irresponsible use of those first four can certainly ruin your life, but there are far more people who enjoy those things responsibly and/or in moderation than there are who use drugs. Especially drugs that require a needle. The only drug that I have seen used in moderation or with a degree of responsibility is weed.
There is not a fraction of people who enjoy alcohol in moderation, there are millions.
There is not a fraction of people who enjoy smoking in moderation, there are millions.
There is not a fraction of people who enjoy McDonalds in moderation, there are millions.
There is not a fraction of people who enjoy sex responsibly, there are millions.
This cannot be said about the type of drug discussed here.
I enjoy a couple beers or a glass of wine on occasion. I smoke a pipe on occasion. I don't eat McDonalds, but in the same mold I occasionally enjoy the more unhealthy options out there. I'm married and enjoy an active sex life. All these things are easily done in moderation and/or responsibly. I would be incapable of adding the use of a drug via a needle and keep the life that I enjoy. There is a reason why there are countless programs and rehabilitation options out there. Because it's not like alcohol, smoking, fast food, or sex. Our bodies are incapable of not becoming dependant on such drugs. And because of this it's outlawed.
If we're comparing drugs to alcohol, smoking, fast food, and sex, we can compare it to murder. An argument can be made that certain people deserve to be killed. Does that mean we should allowed to commit murder, as long as it's an informed decision? Of course not. I know that's a stretch, but so is comparing heroin to a cheeseburger. I know some will say it's never ok to kill another human, but some could argue that it's never ok to smoke or drink either. I disagree with both.