For many the response was alcohol. Many long before the LEGAL age to use. I asked what was the first drug you used.. Alcohol, Tobacco or Cannabis? To no surprise the response was alcohol. I admitted the first time I probably drank was at a holiday or family function, champagne or wine perhaps even s sip of beer. I remembered my grandma, dad, mom and several others telling me about rubbing a crying babies gums with alcohol to sooth it.
Thus it begins..
O.k. say well thats a bit extreme... then think back to all the family functions where booze has been involved, not just family functions - we have grown up surrounded by beer and alcohol and never gave it a second thought. My own son I remember seeing him, 2 years old by his sand box chugging back a Corona that someone had left un-attended at a family B.B.Q.
Google Baby and beer - the images flood. Sad.
"Oh, it won't do them any harm... it's just a beer" it is thinking that has us in denial
dealing with the MOST serious drug a problems. Alcohol abuse, addiciton and death daily - all around the world.
My second 'gateway drug" I was 15 (I think) and stole a smoke from my grandma, DuMaurier - thank God I became very dizzy & sick and never smoked again. I did go to the store and back then and purchase them just a little kid. Remember the ads everywhere?
I remember my Dr. smoking in his office while examining me. Now years later to find out the lies about tobacco - IT KILLS. They MADE it addictive.
So enough! Quit making excuses and QUIT LYING to yourself and each other.
* The cartoon does say 'at a corner store near you' - THIS is still not a reality in Canada but one the media keeps mentioning- saying how great it will be for the economy! Small business will boom! So will drunks. I can see it to come to pass - too soon.
It will be a sad day in Canadian History when this happens.
No Cannabis IS NOT the gateway drug.
What was your first drug?