Is Drug Use Worth the Risk?

There are people who get addicted to pain medications, but a bigger problem are those who use drugs for the “high”, for what ever pleasure they get. Is recreational drug use worth the risk?

Everyone knows the statistics of drug use and addiction, but an article in the Albuquerque Journal brings it home. There have been 20 recent deaths in New Mexico including one victim who lived near me.

The victims had each taken what they believed to be black-market oxycodone. That would have been risky enough, but they probably felt safe because oxycodone is a prescription drug manufactured in plants that assure there is only 30 mg of drug in each tablet. The victims had reason to believe the dose they were taking was an amount their bodies could tolerate.

Unfortunately, the pills taken were not oxycodone, they only looked like 30 mg oxycodone. They consisted of a filer material, blue dye and fentanyl. Fentanyl is a high powered painkiller that can kill easily. In this instance, the drug users also had no idea how much fentanyl was in each tablet. Apparently these fake pills were made in Mexico and exported north.

Drug use and drug related deaths have become rampant in the US. There is nothing unique about the state of New Mexico that makes it more vulnerable to drug problems other than it is one of the states that share an international border with Mexico.

Considering the risks, is it worth it to use recreational drugs? For one thing, can you be sure what you are putting into your body? Are you sure what the dose is? The further you go into the black market for your drugs, the greater the risk that you are not getting what you thought you bought.

There are all kinds of ways to have fun without using drugs or alcohol. Is it worth risking death for a short time “high”? The risk of deadly overdoses is on the rise.

Don’t start taking recreational drugs. If you have already started, STOP NOW. If you are addicted, seek help.

Don’t let recreational drug use prevent you from having a long and happy life.


About Reynold Conger

Reynold Conger is a retired scientist, engineer and teacher. Now writing fiction. His books are CHASED ACROSS AUSTRALIA, MY KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR and REDUCING MEDICAL COSTS (AT THE COST OF HEALTH). He has also started a series of novelas called THE RICHARD TRACY SERIES. Residence: New Mexico, USA Hobbies: gardening, animals and running. website
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