We’re now putting the spotlight on HIV and how it is linked to substance addiction.
Attention on HIV (or Human Immunodeficiency Virus) has been revived anew since the recent revelation of controversial actor Charlie Sheen about him being HIV-positive. Many of his friends have urged him to come out amid rumors and in order to somehow erase the stigma surrounding this disease.
Peel back the layers of society anywhere in the world and you’ll find a deep, dark, and disturbing culture of illegal drug abuse. But hey, this isn’t new. Illegal drugs is widespread. In fact, it is a $400-billion-a-year global industry that involves its production, trafficking, and sales. Google about illegal drugs or narcotics long enough and you may even find some who sell different kinds (and guises) of it online.
There’s always two sides to every story. And while many people–scientists and experts, especially–contend the gateway theory of marijuana causes people to graduate to harder drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine, many also argue otherwise.
Psychedelic drugs have long taken on an image of “coolness” in the sense that it is taken by artists and musicians to have altered states of mind and therefore increase their so-called creative juices. Even right now, the media portrays psychedelic drugs as something people take to escape reality and go to a place of enlightenment. However, not many people can see what happens when these psychedelic drugs are abused and how hard the comedown could be for users.