There is Never an Upside to Recreational Drug Use

The Negative Impact of Drugs outweigh the revenue they bring to a community. Here are two stories that make that point, and these stories are repeated time and time again, all across America.

Recently I was made aware that 10 million dollars from sales taxes from the sale of marijuana was going to be earmarked to help schools tackle teacher shortages in Colorado. My first thought was, the schools are going to start taking money from “Hit Men”, metaphorically speaking.

My focus is on the students in those schools who might end up tipping their toes into the world of illegal drug use. It is a well know fact that it is illegal to use tobacco products, alcohol, and marijuana before the age of 18 or 21, but since all three are easily accessible they get into underaged hands.

Society throws out statistics, right and left, on both sides of issues, pertaining to marijuana.” Does drug use lead to more crimes or not”, and “Does marijuana use lead to harder drugs” are questions debated constantly. I don’t give a rat’s behind about the statistics. I care about two stories that touched two families where marijuana was the beginning of nightmares in their lives.

One single mom can only visit her only child, at his grave. He was a senior at a university and died in his sleep after taking methadone and possibly some cold remedies that had codeine in them. He was in a recovery program and was trying to leave drugs behind. His first encounter with drugs was marijuana.

Case two involves a 22-year-old who is trying to live a clean and sober life, while having to face his actions since he was 12. The memories are devastating. He is having to confront the consequences of what taking drugs has done to his life. His emotional growth seems to be stuck at aged 12. He may have some brain malfunction or non-reversible brain damage because of the drugs he has taken. Remember that the brain is not fully mature until around the age of 25, and using any drug while the brain is developing can cause problems. He lives with constant anxiety, and is very fragile in almost every aspect of his life. He has been incarcerated many times and has been in several treatment facilities. He has a loving and forgiving family. This is amazing since he and some of his drugged out friends broke into a family member’s home when they were away for a holiday vacation and ransacked their home. China, silver, computers, TV’s, a vehicle, a lifelong collection of valuable tools and anything thought to be of value were stolen.  Jewelry, clothes, and shoes were also taken. Damage was also done to the inside of the home. The culprits left a sliding glass door open for varmints and the outdoor elements to invade the home. Marijuana was the first illegal drug this young man took, that eventually lead to hard drugs.

I believe there is never an upside to the use of recreational drugs.

Robin Williams once said that if people needed drugs to be happy they were going about it in the wrong way.

If anyone reading this finds this information valuable feel free to reblog it and let us try to show how using recreational drugs is not cool, but can damage lives with devastating results. Comments are also welcome. God Bless our children and let’s fight to keep them safe!

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About Martha (Marty) Dickson Patterson

Marty: Retired from sales and management near Seattle, Washington.
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5 Responses to There is Never an Upside to Recreational Drug Use

  1. ahuelon says:

    Randy Mc Dandy wrote this in a think tank I belong to called World Think Tank. Only members can comment there but anyone would wide can view what is going on there. My above blog originated there…………………………….. Here is what Randy commented there…….. Frontal cortex doesn’t completely develop until around 25. The frontal lobes are involved in motor function, problem solving, spontaneity, memory, language, initiation, judgement, impulse control, and social and sexual behavior. Kids who start smoking drugs at a young age never mature fully.
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  2. ahuelon says:

    Susan Romley Morany is a member of World Think. I am also a member. She worked where she did investigative activities involving THC, which is Tetrahydrocannabinol, a chemical compound in cannabis, that is responsible for a euphoric high. This is her story…………………………………………. For those against ‘animal’ research, I want to say that there are times that researchers need to use other means to determine if “it’s” safe for humans. A while back when I was working in R&D I had one study that was checking out what happens overall at the higher doses of THC by ingestion. I thought for sure that it would show a positive outcome and all would be “fine”. It wasn’t, it truly blew my mind as I had to document what I saw. We tested on rats to see what it would do. In each “cage” there were 5 rats all the same age and genetic makeup. The male rats killed one another within an hour. The female rats who are usually mellow became violent and killed one another as well however it took over six hours to see what the outcome was. What I witnessed was total destruction. There was one “winner” in each cage whether it be male or female. A through necropsy was preformed on each one. The serotonin level in the cerebral spinal fluid was exceptionally lowered by 50-70%. Low serotonin levels is thought to be responsible for aggression in mammals. From what I saw truly changed my mind on what THC can do. Am I for it for medicinal use? Nope, unless the activity of the “high” effects of the THC can be muted.

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  3. MARTHA, I need to add something to my previous comment. When people help themselves with any form of Marijuana, which, by the way, has nothing to do with the aspect of getting high – the medicinal marijuana, that is sold in our State for instance has minimal traces of the THC, the psycho-active ingredient, but mostly CBD the medical form – it is all about, avoiding the numerous, harmful chemicals and side affects in prescription drugs, advertised on television and the internet and pushed by the pharmaceutical industry on to doctors, who in return get a kickback for the most expensive ones, supported and legitimized by the Food and Drug Administration. THAT IS WHAT IS CRIMINAL. And the bad part of it, Marijuana aka Cannabis is quite expensive in the dispensaries, but something that should be looked at and changed a cost for the medical marijuana permit for the patient = $ 300 per year: $ 150 each year for a specialized physician or naturopath, certifying the need for the drug and $ 150 for the County (here in Arizona) to reissue the permit. THAT TOO ME IS DISTURBING! We did not vote on the bill, legalizing Marijuana, although legalization would translate into less cost to the patient as in Colorado and California.

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  4. ahuelon says:

    Here is a link to some information on Cannabis Oil and some helpful uses. I plan to do some research and if I feel qualified after researching it I will probably blog about it. ………………………………http://www.nmws.us/cannabis-oil-legal/

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  5. Thanks, Martha! I have been researching cannabis for quite some time until I could finally convince my husband to try this out, because prescription drug was out of the question due to a) side effects – some people get seizures b) to the fact that it really doesn’t help. It covers up the physical impediment and in the end does not do what it is supposed to do. There is just no cure, only the possibility for the disease to NOT progress too quickly. The older a patient is, the less quickly the disease advances. I am on various sites and get up-to-date information by email, including the Michael J Fox Foundation.

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