Australian Youth is on the ‘Experimental High’

Acing the list, Australia continues to rule the demonising drug market with a continuous amplifying death rate. With the highest per capita consumption of illicit drugs, young lives have been at a constant threat. The Potency of drugs intake and overdose at clubs, night parties, raves, musical concerts has only accelerated in the recent past. The felonious use of addictive drugs has already trapped the vulnerable youth. The teenagers, as young as 14, do not find this detrimental to health. The statistics have been showing a constant hike in the youth trials and their indifference to its repercussions.

The high consumption level of synthetic drugs such as GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate) has ferociously captured the markets. Use of tranquillisers for non-medical purposes has created a wretched situation. The situation calls for a strong reconsideration of the policies framed to offer a helping hand to those lying in this pothole which is being easily carved for nothing but self-destruction. This immense devotion of youth in the pursuit of pleasure is expanding its roots explicitly, intimidating the communities and strengthening the addicts.

The law making bodies have tried to enforce strict policies but that has only added fuel to the fire. Pill-testing and supervised injecting centres were considered to be one such remedy to deteriorate the intake of inhalants and make it a private and safe affair. But this hasn’t helped much in slashing the consumption level of drugs.

The situation has only deterred with the tragic failure of the earlier framed policies. Previous policies have sunken and have neither affected the users nor has it curbed the crime levels. The law makers are aware of the public issues but they camouflage in the situation for their own selfish interests. Some want to be liberal by advocating the right to freedom while some stick to the ‘Evidence Based-cliché’. Also, ‘Australian Bureau of Statistics’ has estimated the contribution of the illegal drug market to the economy, which is astonishingly a very large figure.

‘Drug Policy Australia’, a public health NGO is already concerned in this regard. ‘Drug Law Reform’ and several other prohibition laws are being advocated to minimise the health risks and promote new approaches to make the communities feels safer.

The earlier results have only casted down the spirits but we can hope that there will be an end to this abominable lull.



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