Druggies with future.

Where the fun is no longer enough, the intoxication begins.

Drug policy is on the verge of reform due to a pressure to adapt. Even long-established politicians now have to realize that the urge to demonize drugs in recent years has not brought any significant changes. On the contrary. Chemistry, medicine and psychology students are already learning in their first semesters for which purposes the popular party substances MDMA , cocaine and amphetamine have been used in science and even in therapy and some are still being used.

Statistics prove that especially in higher levels of education and society there is a more liberal attitude towards currently illegal substances. One is finally able to inform oneself and to question the almost antique drug paragraphs. After all, almost every young adult in his or her life has dragged on a joint and did not wake up homeless on the street with a needle in his or her arm.

Drugs have belonged to humanity since the beginning of mankind. Even our first ancestors have already intoxicated themselves with plants and mushrooms. Ayahuasca and other shamanic potions are only isolated examples and can be found in every culture. To ban them has not yet worked, but the way has been paved for an underworld that exerts its influence up to the highest political and economic levels.

Uncontrolled consumption leads to uncontrollable conditions.

Bad drugs, coke stretched with deworming agents or with caffeine as an extension substance in heroin, reach inexperienced users faster than ever before, who then pay for their first trip with their lives as a worst case scenario. Despite the bad conditions for the ignorant buyer of a drug deal, he accepts the risk. But drugs are not that cheap. At least not the "good" stuff. Because also here one must differentiate again: While marijuana, cocaine and heroin are considered fashion drugs and enjoy a certain social chic, crack cocaine and meth are the scum of the earth in the drug world. So not all drugs are the same.

But just the fact that the user is willing to risk his life for unique fun shows us that the willingness and thus the potential for consumption in society is more than available.

Education is the key.

So why don't we as a society take care that a user becomes a "safer user" who, like a wine lover, chooses his or her material according to quality and personal taste? In addition, we would enable him to "trip" and "rave", both moderate and thoughtful. Of course, the question of why the individual feels the need to put him/herself in a different state by using external substances is once again the focus here. But the question should also be asked before every binge drinking. It is important to conduct the debate on ONE level, because only then does it gain authenticity.

The youth of today. Generation Y: Seemingly figures with no substance filled with illegal substances. But is it all up to us? I don't think so. Perhaps it is due to the medical treatments and therapy methods of the 90s. Until today. Who doesn't know it? You have a headache? Take a pill. You have a cough? Drink this juice. You have a fever? Take this antibiotic. Are you behaving abnormally? From now on there's a pill every day. On prescription - because you are sick. Who is still surprised when, even when we are young adults in the club, we don't shy away from throwing in a colourful miracle pill that promises hours of euphoria and happiness? Granted: Paracetamol or Ibuprofen don't promise many great things. All pills have side effects. People have also died of paracetamol. 

The problem with bad drugs is primarily the diluents. These in turn get into the party material via the black market and mediators. Intransparency and ignorance are the two factors that ultimately become the fate of the user and should therefore be the focus of the drug debate.

With its Drug Checking Forums, Switzerland has already begun to provide information and guidelines to ravers and chemical substance euphorics to protect them from overdoses or bad trips. Finally people have the right over their condition to decide, as long as it does not bring a third person into danger or other bad involvements. Apart from that, a drunk person tolerated by society is by no means always socially acceptable.

But one does not seem to exclude the other. After all, he has consumed the right drug, even if their condition is not one of social responsibility. Marijuana rarely leads to aggressive behavior or motor failure, which makes even an adult man seem helpless like a baby. And a grinning face on MDMA has rarely had problems with brawls or unnecessary arguments. Sexual assaults are also mostly committed under the influence of alcohol. Ultimately, every drug has its dangers. Even the everyday drugs sugar and caffeine are by no means harmless.  Intoxication is intoxication. Addiction is addiction.

Rethinking: Liberalising drug policy.

So now that we have a clearer view of things and are more open to the whole thing, it is time to think about the extent to which a regulated drug market is possible at all. This is where the underworld, which has already been mentioned, comes in.

How can we cooperate with cartels and drug barons? From now on, demand a tax return for their business? Right! Impossible. So it is necessary to liberalise drug policy in the individual countries and thus to offer the user a choice: To consume pure substance regulated by the state, produced in laboratories and, if necessary, to register for it or to continue to go to the other end of the city to the candyman of trust and try out new stuff at a venture.

I think some would resort to the state-controlled substance and thus gradually provoke a sinking demand on the black market, so that it could implode as a result of falling prices and the resulting shifts in market conditions - not only on the Latin American continent.

There would certainly be a regulation over the years. How else would it work? It always goes on somehow. Old problems dissolve - new ones grow. But since economic interests and, of course, money, as always, are ultimately the decisive factors, it makes no sense to continue with the reform of drug policy. It's all about the money.

But a rethinking in society can also be achieved without money. Through enlightenment. Education is the key. Especially in Germany - the beer nation - where a cultivated alcohol intoxication does not only define the German cultural heritage during the Octoberfest according to the CDU politician Horst Seehofer, the enlightened society should actually be more open to conscious numbing substances.

Conclusion: The dose makes the poison.

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