The year was 1905: the place, Chicago, the United States of America. A man,
The man that entered seemed to be itchy all through; his skin etched with scars of the needles that he had used the day before. The pinpoint pupils in his eyes looked straight into the window that showcased the bottle of Opium Laudanum.
He just pointed to the glass window as he looked at the storekeeper. Hurriedly, he threw some change on the wooden counter that separated the two of them. The storekeeper looking at the
He rapped out of the store into an alley dominated by the smoke that the industrial age brought to town. With his trembling fingers, he felt the indentations that
The human mind is a complex system that does not merely work on the inputs that we give it. Instead, it creates its
What happens on the inside:
The “high” that the body experiences after the taking of psychoactive substances is a result of its nosiness in the functioning of the human central nervous system. A simple movement of your arms or legs, the activity of picking up a mug, even something as trivial as walking in a straight line can become a tad bit tougher than it normally would be- and in some cases, it becomes a humorous activity because of how silly the entire scenario feels. In some cases, everything feels super easy and fluid in a manner of speaking, with a multitude of thoughts hitting you all at once due to a large release of neurotransmitters in the frontal cortex of your brain.
What is the issue?
Anything that hinders productivity and the human tendency to strive against all the odds to achieve something is not supposed to be available in an honest society. From at least the past two hundred years we have been in an age of skyrocketing progress which has separated the society even further in more stringent classes. Somewhere in the middle of this world, a culture of rebels who did not want to conform to society’s standards took shape to do what they liked and what gave them pleasure, what gave them peace- this culture included the “drug”. It was considered by our folks as evil and unnatural, and going against the ideals of society was their go-to-strategy, right?
Human nature makes us do what we feel is our
The hippie movement in the 1960s was one where people started rejecting the “mores” of the mainstream American lifestyle, and believed in a life devoid of materialism and repression, laced by a vegetarian diet consisting of mostly unprocessed food, and they did involve themselves in many psychedelic drugs. As this grew, mostly across the score of college students, this dared to threaten the normal capitalistic lifestyle of the regular American.
Following this, Nixon went on to create the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in 1973. This agency is responsible for tackling drug use and smuggling in the United States.
Law enforcement in India
In India, the law enforcement on drugs
began in 1985 when Lok Sabha introduced the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances Bill (the NDPS Act). Under the NDPS Act, it is illegal for a person to produce, manufacture,
or cultivate, possess, sell, purchase, transport, store, and/or consume any
narcotic drug or psychotropic substance. The NDPS Act has been amended thrice,
in 1988, 2001, and in 2014. The 2014 Amendment recognized the need for pain
relief in medical cases as the most important obligation of the government,
creating a class of medicines called the Essential Narcotic Drugs (ENDs).
But, are drugs the real enemy here?
In 2001, Portugal raised the ban on all drugs, be it heroin, cocaine, or any other
Back to the question. Were drugs the
enemy in the case of Portugal? Doesn’t seem so. Are drugs the real enemy in a
No. Human beings are. The ban
of any substance does not decrease the intake of the substance in the long run-
it merely stalls the real problem that persists.
What makes a drug, a drug, is the perception of a drug in the eyes of the people. Yes, a
drug creates a multitude of problems in a person’s life such as addiction, but
people who consume it are not bad people. Life is not absolute, a pattern drawn
on the sands of the beach does not last forever, and nor is a human being who
indulges in substance abuse a criminal.
The war against drugs should not be a war where
consumers of these drugs are put in the same place as murderers, but instead it
should be an effort to save those who are affected by it. Drug addiction is an
illness, and if we as human beings can empathise with the many others that
suffer from this and take an initiative to help them, we essentially redefine
the idea of what makes a drug, a drug.
“Prevention is definitely better than cure, but inhibition only sets a trap to lure”
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