There’s an incredible amount of tension that comes from people when they discuss drugs. But much of the reason for this tension is because most people have slightly different perspectives about what drugs are, what they do, and what they mean in a broader context.
So if you want to avoid unnecessary complications even with something as simple as talking about drugs, it’s better to get a core definition of the term down first, complete with sources, and then start talking about the potentially consequences from a number of different angles.
Define Drugs First
The first thing you should do before discussing drugs with people is take some time to find out what drugs are in the first place. You may be surprised to find out that your view of this word may be extremely different than the medically and culturally standardized version. Some of the basic fractures in understand drugs comes from the miscomprehension of the line between legal drugs, illegal drugs, and prescriptions drugs. So it’s extremely important to know what substances fit in those categories before you get caught up in false arguments.
Within the context of the United States, any conversation about drugs has to be made from within the framework of the federal government in terms of scheduling. If you’ve never looked up drug classifications, then now is the time to do it. With five minutes of quick browsing, you’ll know more concrete data about which drugs are where in the scheduling system, and why they’re their. Whether you agree with this system or now, this is definitely a case where knowing is half the battle.
Looking At Physical Repercussions
And no conversation about drugs would be complete without an understanding of the consequences of drugs use. There’s always the specter of addiction, but depending on the biochemistry of the person who is using the drugs, there can be a huge difference in effects. Just a short amount of research about chemical imbalances in different people will give you a much broader sense of what they can be used for in terms of practicality.
Knowing Cultural Repercussions
It addition to physical or legal consequences of drug use, there are also the cultural ones. There are occasional societal backlashes to people who use certain drugs, even medicinally, so those social norms are important to take into consideration when it comes to even casual conversation.
Reconciling Logic and Politics
Unfortunately, there are some inconsistencies between legal and logical reasons for certain consequences of drug possession or use to be in place, but the smart money is on paying more attention to the legal system rather than fighting it for no good reason. So when discussing drugs, be prepared to defend your viewpoint from several different angles.