Drug culture escapade

By Nina Scimenes
November 19, 2004

Jenna Nash

There has not been a study done on what drugs are most used at Cabrini, but it is safe to say that marijuana is not everyone’s drug of choice.

Last week when the debate against Heads vs. Feds raised the issue of legalizing marijuana and drug use among American’s youth many controversial topics were mentioned. People are naive about cocaine on campus because no one wants to admit to doing it, people don’t like being associated with coke because it has a bad reputation. People who are non-users look down on those who do coke. On Cabrini’s campus smoking pot is a much more casually referred to than cocaine.

During the Heads vs. Feds debate, the topic of prescription drugs came up and I learned a lot from it. Pills are becoming popular on campuses because they are easily accessible to college students. Prescription drugs can be purchased legally with a prescription and then later sold to students who do not have any need for the medicine except for use as a recreational drug.

Adderall is a common medicine prescribed to patients that have ADHD. Students can get hooked on prescription drugs just as easily as illegal drugs.

In many cases the misuse and abuse of Adderall can lead to the use of cocaine. Sometimes Adderall is referred to as “poor man’s coke.” This expression is based on the fact that cocaine is more expensive to purchase than Adderall.

Addiction is a disease that you won’t know that you have until the first time you try a drug. If you do not want to be unfortunate enough to get addicted to a drug, don’t take that chance.

Medically proven, marijuana is not the gateway drug, meaning that the body does not crave harder drugs after smoking pot. However, it could be argued that someone who is willing to smoke pot will also be willing to experiment with other drugs. If you have the personality that insists you try one drug, chances are you will try a second drug. Whether it is curiosity, temptation or image people become addicted to drugs.

I think that most people do not have a problem if someone rolls a joint, marijuana cigarette, in front of them even if they do not smoke; but the same does not always go for cutting a line of cocaine. People feel uncomfortable being in front of cocaine because it is not as casual of a drug as marijuana.

Even though both drugs are illegal, our culture is raised to overlook the harmfulness of a joint to the extent of ignoring it completely as a problem.

We can blame popular culture for depicting marijuana as no big deal. Movies such as “Friday,” “Half Baked,” “Cheech and Chong” and “Dazed and Confused” all have one thing in common; excessive pot smoking. It’s movies like these that label a person who smokes marijuana as a “pothead.” This stereotypical pot smoker in our culture is what makes smoking on campus so familiar. If feels normal to overhear someone at a party say that they just smoked a blunt on the way over or they are looking to buy some pot.

It is not common to overhear someone engaging in conversation about how many lines they snorted in the bathroom during a party. Keeping cocaine a closet drug is mostly because the dangers are greater.

The most-well-known movie that involves cocaine is the movie “Blow.” This movie follows the life of George Jung through the cocaine epidemic in America. The message in the movie most likely turns the viewer off of the use of cocaine. This is because the main character ends up doing jail time for life as a criminal.

Movies that involve marijuana as their choice recreational drug have a lighter story line. The plots are not as dramatic as “Blow” and the characters not as dramatic. No one wants to be compared to a lowlife criminal.

I wonder if this will continue to be the case in our society forever or will someday using cocaine be just as casual as using marijuana.

Don’t forget that alcohol was once prohibited during the 1920s. Will other drugs one day be legal just like alcohol?

Posted to the web by Jenna Nash

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