February 12, 2016

OPINION: Students, adults waste talents by using drugs

Veronica Mullin


Guest Columnist

Doing drugs isn’t a recreational sport, but it really seems to draw the crowds.

Maybe I’m just crazy, but I fail to see the attraction.

I believe that drugs destroy everyone who uses them. Everything is habit-forming, and once you’re hooked you’ll use until you kill yourself, or at least mangle your brain and body into a useless pulp.

Once, in my debate class at school, I voiced this thought. The second the words left my mouth, I was ridiculed by a boy in the class- “Shut up and smoke a bowl, and you’ll feel better.”

Excuse me?

It makes me really sad to know that kids in this community spend their time poisoning themselves. From seeing my peers roll joints in dark corners at the county fair to reading Facebook statuses posted while under the influence of drugs, I can’t help but be disappointed that this is the norm.

However, I can’t just call out the kids. Adults are culprits too. I remember finding out that a close adult friend of mine, someone I truly looked up to and spent a lot of time with, was once a heroin addict. She’d been in and out of rehab and had struggled with it for several years. Once I knew this, I realized that she still bears the marks from her addiction. For all I know, she could still be battling it.

Ever seen an episode of Intervention? Occasionally, as I’m flipping channels, I’ll stop on it out of curiosity. Every single time, I can’t stand to watch more than a few minutes. It’s gross, disheartening, and upsetting to watch these addicts mindlessly ruin themselves as their families try desperately to make them realize that they’re heading quickly to destruction.

Too many people are wasting their time and potential on drugs. Whether they’ll fight and succumb for their entire lives or eventually save themselves, it’s difficult not to wonder whether they will ever feel any regret for their decisions. I don’t ever want to be caught in that kind of life, and I can’t imagine anyone else who would.

So while the world around us falls into the trappings of hallucinogens, chemicals and injections, you can bet that I’ll be part of the group dedicated to keeping their minds and bodies clean. I want to make something out of my life, and pardon me if I’m wrong, but there’s nothing appealing about living in a haze.


  1. Good for you, Veronica, you are an independent thinker!!!! A person who won’t go along to get along – I have a whole city council who go along to get along plus a school board.

    I look at all of the violence going on in Mexico and throughout our U.S. because of the American thirst for these illegal drugs. Not good. Nothing good about it in my book. Wasted dollars to waste your body and mind and all the suffering it brings along with it.

    So, Veronica, keep that independent thinking going. Know the difference between right and wrong and speak out for it. Wish the registered voters here in Gardner would start doing so and if they don’t, they will get a higher tax bill and other adverse affects. Set the bar up high, Veronica, and demand that it stay there and not just on the matter of drugs but in every aspect of your life. It doesn’t pay to be a follower or sheeple as they are called now, be a leader for something good, fair and equitable for your fellow man.

    We need our youth with their heads on straight more than ever for the future but make sure you are informed, educated and THINK AND CARE about your fellow man before speaking or acting – no better example than the Sherrod recent case. Take that issue and dissect it in your mind very closely and keep it close in your brain bank because there is so much you can learn form that case on all issues that you will be considering. In today’s world, I believe independent thinkers are like gold – very valuable.

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