- Jan 3, 2006
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- Denver, CO
Kane said:So do you think that there should be a legal age for buying drugs?
I agree that education is the best way to stop drug use. For example if people looked at Heroin as a poisen then there would be little to no drug use when heroin is now looked at as the ultimate rebel drug.
I think that having a legal age for buying nearly anything simply sets up many teens to try to obtain the item simply because it is forbidden, as I said earlier in this thread... and in terms of the drug that started the thread, caffeine, no, I really don't think so. It is too ubiquitous now - like aspirin - to attempt to regulate it at this late date.
An example where education worked: when I was a child, my mother gave me children's aspirin... and when I was about 12, Reye's Syndrome became better known - and clearly associated with the use of aspirin by people under 20. The primary use of aspirin is now for adults whose doctors have told them to take 1 children's aspirin for heart health - not children.
Education can work sometimes - and sometimes not, in which case the educational program needs to be modified. Placing strictures on something, or making something illegal that was not illegal before, is fraught with problems for the enforcers and the enforcees alike.