Steve Gaunt Pontificates
The UK Drugs Debate.
People are worried by the fact that millions of young people are
taking the so-called recreational drug Ecstasy whilst out dancing
at the weekend. They don’t seem to understand how this can
Let's see if I can through some light on this.
In the late 1960’s when I was a young man, the powers that
be clamped down on what they called the menace of cannabis. You
should have seen the propaganda films we were shown, all the debilitating
and long term effect that users risked, no not risked, it would
happen to them.! "Everything will be lost if we allow this
to continue" they said.
Tighter controls were put on ports and airports and the deadly drug
trade (we are talking about cannabis here not heroin) was slowed
to a trickle. The authorities were smug (no doubt about it).
They failed entirely to see what cannabis was about, in fact it
was just another version of alcohol if somewhat less dangerous than
that legal drug. Cannabis was taken by people with a more relaxed
view of life who felt that the anger-inducing alcoholic drinks were
not for them.
Many users of cannabis started to look around for something else
to experiment with because of the shortage of cannabis..
And some bright spark came up with sniffing glue. Yes, there is
no doubt, this vile and extremely dangerous practise was brought
about entirely by the government of those days and their misguided
attempts to stamp out drug use!
Quickly locking the door after the horse had bolted they put more
restrictions on the availability of the solvent substances but the
damage was already done. You see glue was available to anybody.
Little kids who would have been kept away from the cannabis culture
were able to get hold of the glue that their older brothers and
sisters had tried and quickly seen the danger of.
Yes the authorities had moved drug use from an educated minority,
into the realm of young children. In the ensuing years the sniffing
glue kids became the 'E' generation and passed it on to their younger
So when they come on TV and moan about what has happened you will
see that it is entirely there own fault.
When people in authority say, "Don’t do that because
I say so" kids wont listen.
The evidence of the danger of heroin and cocaine is plain to see
and always has been. As for the rest, it is not so clear cut and
young people will make up there own minds as they always have.
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