Nations Secretary General, Bulletin on Narcotics,
Issue 1, 1949:
narcotic drugs are neither dangerous nor harmful.
Indispensable to modern medicine, they are used the
world over to alleviate pain and restore health. Thus
used they bring a great benefit to mankind".
Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs, Youth
and drugs: a global overview,
continues to emerge as a strategy among youth to cope
with the problems of unemployment, neglect, violence
and sexual abuse".
Council on the Misuse of Drugs, Drug
misuse and the environment,
Deprivation gives rise to personal distress and
psychological discomfort of a kind which can result
in depressive illness as well as lesser and more
amorphous types of mood disturbance. In such
circumstances mind-acting drugs (including illicit
drugs) can be used as self-medication to relieve
distress or as a substitute source of excitement and
6.59 The credibility of messages is enormously
important if the awareness and beliefs of individuals
are going to be influenced. Another aspect of the
messages which we should like to mention is the
balance to be struck between the desired feelings
generated by taking the drug and the undesirable
health consequences. For those who misuse the drug in
question and know its effects absence of any mention
of the desirable effects is likely to reduce the
credibility of the whole message.
3.34 The emphasis on friendship as 'peer pressure'
reflects a major difficulty in so much of the social
discourse around drug-related issues - namely the
absence of any notion of volition or desire. Health
education discourses in particular have often been
cleansed of any reference to the possibility that
people might use drugs because they find them
pleasurable. Reflecting the same tendency to view the
drug user as a passive victim of circumstance, there
is a constant resort to the use of the term 'pusher'
which does not accurately describe the dynamics of
consensual drug markets, or to the alleged
involvement of foreign and alien influences in
"The desire to take mood altering
substances is an enduring feature of human societies
world-wide and even the most draconian legislation
has failed to extinguish this desire ... and this
should be borne in mind by social legislators".
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"there is evidence to suggest that cannabis may
be effective as a relaxant in the treatment of
conditions such as anxiety and epilepsy".
Blair, National Alcohol Strategy for England:
of us enjoy drinking alcohol with few, if any, ill
effects. Indeed moderate drinking can bring some
health benefits. But, increasingly, alcohol misuse by
a small minority is causing two major, and largely
distinct, problems: on the one hand crime and
antisocial behaviour in town and city centres, and on
the other harm to health as a result of binge- and
chronic drinking. The Strategy Units analysis
last year showed that alcohol-related harm is costing
around £20bn a year, and that some of the harms
associated with alcohol are getting worse.
Everyone needs to be able to balance their right to
enjoy a drink with the potential risks to their own -
and others - health and wellbeing".
Health News, Two-thirds of teens
called Illegal Leisure: The Normalization of
Adolescent Recreational Drug Use, concludes that
recreational drug use "has been widely
accommodated amongst British youth". Judith
Aldridge, one of the study's authors, said:
"Most are careful and rational consumers, who
plan their drug use to occur with friends in places
they feel safe and secure. They often report feeling
relaxed, friendly, happy, carefree and confident.
These good experiences many times outweigh the bad,
especially for drugs like cannabis, amphetamines and