It is interesting how much the climate of Rancho Santa Fe’s street drugs has changed. Back when I was a kid, the emphasis was on getting marijuana off of the street. In the community I grew up in, people were very opposed to psychedelics of any kind. Marijuana, LSD, and mushrooms where the most feared drugs. Strangely enough, more dangerous street drugs such as cocaine and heroin were neglected. They just weren’t being used, and as a result people weren’t concerned with them.
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Nowadays, methamphetamine is the street drug that everyone is talking about. Unlike other street drug in Rancho Santa Fe, this one seems to have really taken ahold of our community and caused damage. Meth labs are popping up in some of the most unexpected places, and normally healthy, drug-free people are becoming addicted to the substance. It happens every day in the community. Housewives and people like that start taking speed as a way to lose a few pounds and keep up with the difficulties of raising children while having a job.
Soon, an occasional pick-me-up gives way to a full-fledged habit. After that, it is only a matter of time until their lives fall apart. The problem is that street drugs have become so affordable and accessible. In the past few years according to one expert, the street value of drugs has actually gone down and not up. This means that anyone who wants to can afford a hit of their favorite street drug. Whether it is methamphetamine, cocaine, heroine, or just something like marijuana, you can find it on practically any street corner in America.
Every time law enforcement tries to crack down on drugs, it just crops up somewhere else. It seems like the only solution is to have better education about San Diego’s street drug encyclopedia. Most of the time, the only thing we hand out are pamphlets telling people not to use street drugs. Some of these pamphlets really play things up to the point of losing credibility.
As a result, people often assume San Diego’s new street drugs are safe just because these so-called educational pamphlets seem dishonest. If we can start a more honest dialog and use real published information, we can spread the word and stop people from abusing potentially dangerous drugs. Whether it is prescription drugs, psychedelics, or meth, we can address the drug problem at home through honesty, intelligence, and an end to the hysteria and shrillness that so often characterizes the debate.