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dults possess the powerful gift of free will. We can do what
we please, despite occasional negative effects on health and
happiness. PJ O’Rourke may have been sarcastic when he
said “we shouldn’t test people for drugs. We should test
people for stupidity, ignorance, greed and love of power”,
but he has a point. In a world hell bent on consumption, instant gratification
rules over moderation, and without moderation we are like rats in a scientific
experiment; compulsively flipping a switch to receive a small reward. We know
it is bad for us, yet we can’t just say ‘no’. That is the nature of addiction.
It is ironic that legal poisons are most commonly addictive today. Alcohol,
cigarettes and prescription drugs are far and away the most destructive
stimulants afflicting modern society. They can kill you, destroy your family
and rot your brain, and they are all available at the local shopping centre.
Alcohol, in particular, is packag ed and marketed as a glamorous lifestyle
INSIDE WA’S DRUG SCENE:
The new debate
Drug-related crime is behind a third of all jailed
West Australians... Young adults on drugs are
showing signs of dementia usually seen in 60
year olds... In the past three years, drugs have
accounted for 28,000 deaths in Mexico alone...
Rick Murphy investigates
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