Drugs in Portugal
I am (gladly) no fan of drugs. I personally think it is a pretty stupid thing which is what lots of people basically (very basically!) think. People from "No-Drugs" companies have come to the school I attend and told us about their personal experiences with drugs and how we should not take them. In our "Life Skills" class we are talking about decisions in relation to, for example, drugs.
But here in my beloved country Portugal, many people, because they aren't informed and don't know that drugs don't do you any good (or because they do know they do you no good?) take them a lot and get into serious trouble with family, socially, and mostly with themselves.
From what I've heard, Portugal has beaten Edinburgh as the country with the most drug addicts in Europe, as well as alcoholics (hurrah). This is due to the large coastline of Portugal, which makes life easier for the drug traffickers to come in with their boats and get their cargo sold and spread. This isn't good news! A large number of Portuguese youngsters take these horrid drugs in order to...
But what they must not know when they begin taking the disgusting thing is that with many drugs, you just have to take it twice to be addicted. That most of the time, that wonderful feeling people get the first time they take the drug DOES NOT REPEAT and that it may spoil their health forever... or at least their mental sanity. The best time to learn these things is before taking them but most people learn these things due to "experience".
I am sorry if I am expressing my ideas in a rough way. I am not trying to annoy anyone but, at least most of the time, I have no tolerance with drugs. I have no tolerance because I despise them. But my thoughts aren't very sensible. Most people take the drugs and do not know what damage they cause, think about it! If something makes colours go bright and boosts your confidence the first time you take it, it will make you feel good! But there are side effects, long-term reactions, horrible damages and maybe the first time ISN'T that great.
People in my country (and all the others!) should be informed. More anti-drugs campaigns should appear and I think there should be no drugs announcements on TV regularly, on the radio, Internet and in newspapers. There could be special announcements with late discoveries and reminders that DRUGS SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN! "No-Drugs" on magazines, more "No Drugs" books and more "No drugs" campaigns going to schools to inform. More people should help the drug addicts.
One of the worst things in the world is addiction. And that is what drugs are all about! But with modern technology and medicine and if people are alerted, there is, at least, a hope. But mostly, it has to come from the drug addicts themselves...
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