Everywhere we look, we can’t deny we see drugs everywhere. From pharmaceuticals to distribution of illegal amphetamines out on the street, they are quite literally everywhere. We are a drug dependent society. We are constantly ingesting these drugs without even thinking about it twice, we take the prescription to the pharmacy and happily take them. What happens when you have a headache? You go to your drawer or pills and take out an Ibuprofen and swallow it. Some people think they can’t function without the use of drugs, this thought process is the same for mostly everyone in the collective United States.
Many people are addicted and need sleeping pills. One of my friends back in California, Tyreese, was an insomniac, just like his dad and great grandad. So what do doctors do when they diagnose us as an insomniac? Maybe some physical treatment? Maybe some techniques to put you on your sleep pattern again? No, they prescribe you pills that you will take every night before bed and that’s it. This will temporarily fix your problem, as the pills will cease to work as your body will grow accustom to it. Even Tyreese started getting tired of just taking some pills to fix his sleeping problems as they were beginning to wear thin and affect his daily mood. So he went in the next week but the doctors just kept giving him a different brand of sleeping pills, they just kept prescribing him different doses and brands. As individually diverse people, we have our problems we face. Sometimes the doctors and physicians don’t have enough time in their day to help each person individually so they give us drugs. I feel like if this wasn’t the case, then drugs wouldn’t be as easy to acquire. Then we wouldn’t be looking for the next fix of Ibuprofen for a very mild head cold and just let it run it’s natural course. Even I don’t go for the nearest pain reliever, I wait it out. We don’t need to bombard our bodies with pills when our bodies were specifically built to last us our entire lives. Let things run their course and stop being dependent on drugs as if it’s a crutch.
This problem stems ever deeper than just Tyreese. However, from watching him struggle with with sleeping medication, I’ve come to an even better understanding of this whole drug dependency. I realized that actual help is not available anymore. Thinking back I honestly felt enraged that my friend wasn’t getting the actual help he needed, and that is for the doctor to really listen to his problem and understand he doesn’t want more pills, more doses or whatever, he just wanted to be listened to. Maybe an alternative to his problem, but he wasn’t getting anything but the most simplistic solution to when someone asks for help; narcotics. In this day and age, the easiest, most accessible resource are narcotics. Since these are very easy to acquire and they can easily make us “feel good”, it would make sense that people resort to drug use. The more accessible an item is, the more the item will be used, that’s just common sense.
Many of my friends engage in one common illegal drug. This specific drug has many names: the devils lettuce, the fungus off of satan’s toe, Cannabis Indica or more commonly known as Marijuana. Now to spare their names, I won’t use this specific friends name so I’ll just call him Shane. I’ve known Shane for about 4 years now, and 2 out of those 4 he has been smoking weed everyday as if it’s now a ritual. It isn’t just once every day either, it’s a copious amount. Now every time I hang out with him or anything, he’s higher than Amir’s kite in the Kite Runner. I don’t necessarily care about what he does since I ain’t that clean either, but when you start spending hundreds of dollars each week for the next quantity demand, that’s when I began piecing it together and came to the conclusion that our society is drug dependent. I acknowledge I may sound like a broken record at this point, but so do most people who come to this same conclusion. I know I don’t have my hands clean by any means necessary, I too have had similar experiences with these types of drugs. However, from these experiences I was able to mold and grow my own understanding of the situation, and now I’m also hearing about middle schoolers already smoking weed and drinking alcohol.
Our society has began using the drug excuse as a third leg; a crutch that we all fall onto. Now I’m not saying that all drug use is bad for instance the people with cancer obviously need them to prolong their lives, this is just an observation I have had. I have no prejudice to people who use drugs, no natural born hatred for them. I’m just trying to get my point across once again; our society is drug dependant. I’m not sure what this means for the future of the world of people. One thing I do know is that our future can be changed for better or for worse, there is no gray area in this arena. Had Tyreese gotten helped his condition may have been better off today, maybe if my friend didn’t constantly smoke the ganja he could concentrate in class and get better grades. In the end, it’s up to people to amend their habits, even if they admit they have a problem or not.