2020 has been a different year for all of us, COVID19 and lockdown have become part of our daily conversations and we have all adjusted to it in different ways, however, there is something that is a common denominator for many and that is alcohol consumption.
Cocaine is a substance which has been glamourised by mainstream media over the years. Positioned frequently with success, money, business, fame and dynamic accomplishment.
The top 10 cocaine using countries in the world. The UK claims 3 of the top 10 spots. Recently I was curious and started looking into the top countries internationally as regards cocaine usage.
Fenethylline is the actual chemical name , and it was initially engineered in the early 60s in Germany. Now its marketed as an amphetamine under the name Captagon and it is used both on the battlefield and the streets of the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) to destroy lives, both young and old.
Where do I start my story? When my son was about 15/16 years old he started giving us trouble at home. He became volatile, critical and sour to have around. It kind of crept up slowly though—not an overnight thing. He had friends I didn’t like and he lied a lot, which I would find out about later.
London, we have a problem. Massive. Actually its not just London. It's Bristol, Manchester, Crawley and many other major urban settings throughout the UK as well. Cocaine related deaths in the UK have more than doubled in the past 4 years.
Perhaps our greatest joy is to be found in the life that we invest in others. That is something which will always be out of reach once your life is consumed by drugs.
I’ve surveyed a lot of people who take drugs to find out why they take them and the answers are varied. But typical answers often include relaxation, creativity, escape from boredom and social inclusion.
A lot of the drug education—as little as there was at my school, was pretty poor, uninformed and not very educative at all. The perceived lack of understanding from the teachers, parents and thus ‘society’ at large was a major enabler for my friends in taking drugs.
New university students, having just finished spending the majority of their life studying and working hard to gain acceptance into the school of their choice, are met with many challenges throughout their university years.