A reminder that the only reason marijuana was ever a “gateway drug” was BECAUSE of the misinformation campaign about its “dangers”. When you categorize all drugs in the same way, once people try the harmless ones like pot, they’re going to think, “well, maybe I was lied to about meth as well. Maybe it’s also not as bad!”
There are terrible drugs in the world that WILL fuck you up or even kill you, and even with responsible use they can become addictive nightmares that can ruin your life. They should be avoided, and it’s important for people to be aware of the dangers of these drugs. But manufacturing and/or propagating deceptive and inaccurate information isn’t going to change that. In fact, it’s only going to make it worse. ‘Cause, see, when you lie to someone, and they catch you lying — which they inevitably will –, you lose their trust, particularly about the subject you lied to them about.
And that’s particularly dangerous when you actually DO have valuable truths to convey. It’s irresponsible to allow your personal fears and convictions to taint the truth, and to keep you from doing what’s right.
If you want to keep people from doing dangerous drugs, be honest with them. And let them do the safe ones. Most importantly, treat them like adults and they’ll probably act like adults.