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!