June 26: Drug Free World or World of Free Drugs?
Living in the 21st century has its own intricacies especially when its 2017. The recession is taking its toll on all and sundry, people are stressed and stretched more than ever before, divorce rates are skyrocketing, depression is consistently shared amongst the old and young and the life expectancy has plunged miserably. In this age, the celebrity celebrates obscenity and extols immorality, the artist sings odes to marijuana and if you are a boy and you have not had a beer at 16, then you are chicken –hearted The world is in a bad shape and almost all of us are entangled in this sad web of modernity , a very valid reason to resort to these stuffs at least to lift us high when we are down and to celebrate each of our successes and landmarks: drugs.
As a pharmacist in training , I understand drugs as substances used in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases . But theses substances if misused are powerful and could lead to brain changes that challenge the person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take them . Many people don't understand why or how other people become addicted to drugs. They may mistakenly think that those who use drugs lack moral principles or willpower and that they could stop their drug use simply by choosing to. In reality, drug addiction is a complex disease, and quitting usually takes more than good intentions or a strong will.
These substances of abuse have caused a myriad of problems and done a lot of hurt to the human race. They have broken relationships and families , thwarted dreams, crushed careers built with sweat and tears . The reliance on drugs has cost humanity some times the value we all try to protect and share : love . Michael Jackson , Prince , Whitney Houston to mention a few are famous stars, people with unbelievable talents we have lost to drugs . Drugs of abuse have caused embarrassment and disgrace to the likes of Lance Armstrong. They have cost us a lot , i say too much. No wonder the United Nations in December 1987 designated June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking . A symbolic day that commemorates the dismantling of the opium trade in Guangdong.
Being drug free does not mean total abstinence from drugs or alcohol but it means being able to love , laugh and live normally without drugs , to be able to pursue one's passion independently , share smiles with family and friends without turning to drugs for help. It means to be truly happy. This is a good time to make resolutions and strong resolve to stop doing drugs. The human race in times past have been able to rise above challenges . We have confronted fear head on and dared to live, i believe in humanity that we can make concerted attempts to defeat this bane. We at drug free club have chosen to commit tandem efforts to uphold and show by example the unlimited , boundless and self-sufficient traits in mankind...without drugs! You should too.
Ishola Ayobami R.
Drug Free Club OAU