The Telegraph discovers The generation that will not give up on drugs
Illegal drug use remains a normal part of life for many people even as they settle down and approach their thirties, new research has revealed. […]
The long-term study, conducted by the University of Manchester, found that while drug use falls as people move out of their teens and early twenties, it remains acceptable for many. […]
It said there was a “matter-of-factness” about social drug use among young people that had extended into their adult lives.
The study also learned that for most of them this was not a problem. It didn’t lead to the breakdown of social order or destruction of lives.
“But far from being out of control, the majority of drug-taking adults appear to be pretty similar to those who seek evening and weekend time out, relaxation and fun through alcohol consumption.
“These adults do not reject the mainstream. Their lives, outside their drug use, sit comfortably amongst these values. However we see them, they appear to accept drug taking as a fairly ordinary, normal activity that is OK.”
And yet, we spend billions and kill thousands in a futile attempt to prevent them from leading their ordinary, normal lives.