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Do you believe one drug is a 'gateway' to another?

Wayne TH G 333 2012/06/14 01:37:26
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  • ThePurpleHaze 2012/06/14 02:45:44
    No
    ThePurpleHaze
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    No. There is nothing chemically present in any drug that makes a user want to try something new. It is general human nature that makes someone want to try a new drug.

    There are certain instances though where the gateway affect is seen. Such as how marijuana inclines one to do hash. Or how after doing an opioid you feel more comfortable to doing other opioids. But simply smoking a joint is not going to randomly make someone want to shoot heroine. That is just stupid to say.

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  • addie 2012/06/17 08:17:19
    No
    addie
    +1
    Drugs do not make people do drugs.
  • Inquisitve Kat 2012/06/17 07:19:11
    No
    Inquisitve Kat
    +1
    I really think it depends on the person, not the drug. Also if you're willing to use one drug, you're often willing to use another... it's just a matter of which you choose first.
    Marijuana seems to be the only exception, since a lot of people seem to smoke pot and never try anything else.
  • beach bum 2012/06/14 11:14:20
    Yes
    beach bum
    +2
    if they are abused
  • Rob Williams 2012/06/14 09:00:26
    No
    Rob Williams
    +3
    People take drugs for the effect. After a while their metabolism gets used to the drug and they need more or a more effective drug.

    So people can experience a gateway effect but that's down to their usage habits rather than some intrinsic quality of the drug.
  • 'Zedd 2012/06/14 08:22:19
  • Inquisi... 'Zedd 2012/06/17 07:20:08
    Inquisitve Kat
    +2
    I smoke pot and I don't drink... I hate the feeling of being drunk.
  • 'Zedd Inquisi... 2012/06/17 22:11:22
  • addie 'Zedd 2012/06/17 08:22:38
    addie
    +1
    I have known plenty of drunks that never did other drugs, so you might have it backwards or did I misunderstand you?
  • 'Zedd addie 2012/06/17 22:10:33
  • addie 'Zedd 2012/06/19 17:32:37
    addie
    +1
    So, you are talking about people that would have found other drugs eventually, anyway.
  • 'Zedd addie 2012/06/19 17:35:59
  • addie 'Zedd 2012/06/19 19:45:00
    addie
    +1
    That is funny.
    No, I am just trying to understand you because I think we basically agree.
    I know drinkers that do not do other drugs, but i do not think I know drug users that never drink.

    Although, seperatly, I wonder if it is like shop lifting or something. If a person thinks it is okay to cross the line a little a person might think it is okay to go further and try bigger crimes eventually.
  • 'Zedd addie 2012/06/19 20:17:19
  • addie 'Zedd 2012/06/20 16:59:56
    addie
    It depends on if, "gateway," is mental or physiological. I have to look it up later. I am realizing that I do not know how that word is meant, exact;y. lol
  • 'Zedd addie 2012/06/21 08:22:17
  • Beat Magnum True Hero 2012/06/14 04:59:28
    No
    Beat Magnum True Hero
    +1
    I think it all depends on the person. Some people have very addictive personalities and some don't.
  • ThePurpleHaze 2012/06/14 02:45:44
    No
    ThePurpleHaze
    +4
    No. There is nothing chemically present in any drug that makes a user want to try something new. It is general human nature that makes someone want to try a new drug.

    There are certain instances though where the gateway affect is seen. Such as how marijuana inclines one to do hash. Or how after doing an opioid you feel more comfortable to doing other opioids. But simply smoking a joint is not going to randomly make someone want to shoot heroine. That is just stupid to say.
  • The_Infidel_Atheist 2012/06/14 02:24:14
    No
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +2
    If they were, then prescription and OTC drugs would be gateway drugs too.
  • ThePurp... The_Inf... 2012/06/14 02:48:59
    ThePurpleHaze
    +1
    Prescription drugs do have this effect. For example oxycodone (OxyContin) users are more inclined to try and switch over to hydrocodone.
  • The_Inf... ThePurp... 2012/06/14 03:42:46 (edited)
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +1
    lol You are saying that oxycodone is a gateway drug to hydrocodone.
  • ThePurp... The_Inf... 2012/06/14 11:40:52
    ThePurpleHaze
    +1
    Well yeah, but a drug in not going to make a user randomly try a completely different drug.
  • The_Inf... ThePurp... 2012/06/14 22:28:32
    The_Infidel_Atheist
    +2
    Exactly my point. There are no such thing as "gateway" drugs.
  • Pixie·Ÿ... ThePurp... 2012/06/14 14:21:07
  • addie The_Inf... 2012/06/19 17:36:24
    addie
    If there are gateway drugs there are some prescription meds that would lead the list, but it still comes down to the person taking them.
  • Laura 2012/06/14 02:08:23
    Undecided
    Laura
    +3
    I think that some people are more likely to do harder type drugs if they are drinking or smoking weed (drinking being the more likely culprit in my opinion). However, most people don't have this issue. They can drink a bit or smoke a bit and it doesn't end with them looking for stronger drugs.
  • Doreen 2012/06/14 02:06:56
    No
    Doreen
    +4
    I know people who do one type of drug and never has touched another. These are not people who just started to do the drug they are doing for the first time. This marijuana is a gate way drug is just idiocy.
  • addie Doreen 2012/06/19 20:00:32
    addie
    +1
    Saying it is a gateway as a scare tactic is pretty stupid. I am guessing you have seen REEFER MADNESS.
    http://youtu.be/FATzmzxJ-84

    That people fear it will lead to more, is not idiocy because only the user can, ultimately, control how much or what they use, so people who care about the user are going to be worried.
  • Nickie Ahreeya 2012/06/14 01:59:45
    Yes
    Nickie Ahreeya
    +2
    Drugs are drugs, you do them, they do you to.
  • NPC 2012/06/14 01:55:40 (edited)
    Yes
    NPC
    +2
    I think that marijuana users want an excuse to smoke weed. Drnkers want an excuse to imbibe alcohol. if you take narcotics there will be side effects and trouble. Prescription medication for health reasons is differenct. Sleeping pills or diet pills are not a good thing either. Why would one want to jeopardize your life by taking something you know you don't need that could kill you also ?
  • Doreen NPC 2012/06/14 02:10:34
    Doreen
    +2
    Do you have any clue of the many prescription drugs are addicting? There are more people addicted to prescription drugs than illegal drugs. Media just makes a much bigger deal out of the illegal than prescription.
  • Laura Doreen 2012/06/14 02:42:50
    Laura
    +3
    Agreed...prescription drugs are a HUGE issue.
  • ThePurp... NPC 2012/06/14 02:42:55
    ThePurpleHaze
    +2
    Prescription drugs are actually just as bad as any other drugs.
  • bags th... NPC 2012/06/14 03:02:47
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +1
    Medical addiction is a rampant problem. I think everyone remembers Rush Limbaugh's much-publicized problems. And he's far from singular in that.
  • the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA 2012/06/14 01:55:28
    No
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +1
    Beer & Booze never made me go into hard drugs.I have stayed with Beer & Booze since 1979
  • addie the jud... 2012/06/17 08:25:12 (edited)
    addie
    +1
    Congratulations? lol
  • Pele Emerging 2012/06/14 01:52:09
    No
    Pele Emerging
    +3
    No. If you look at drug users, you might find all sorts of things they have in common. They may have used tobacco (legal) or alcohol (legal) before they ever tried an illegal drug. Addictions have more to do with personality types and genetics than so-called gateway drugs.
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2012/06/14 01:48:06
    No
    bags the Indigenous Guru
    +4
    Let me put it this way........just because someone is addicted to caffeine doesn't mean that they are inevitably going to become a heroin addict. K?
  • the jud... bags th... 2012/06/14 01:53:10
    the judgebigdogeagle-~PWCM~JLA
    +2
    Great Call
  • Laura bags th... 2012/06/14 02:43:55
    Laura
    +2
    Well said!

    round of applause

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