Archer Wrote:What are your opinions on age restrictions for legal drugs, etc alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine?
With any and all drugs, I believe they should be legally available for anyone over 18 to purchase, and legal to consume/imbibe by minors when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Why 18? Because(at least here and in most countries) you're a legal adult, and therefore if you screw someone's property or life up, you and only you are responsible for it.
I'd go with the whole "we don't need restriction" thing, and really, I don't think we do, but that would require kids to be as socially/financially/mentally/emotionally/physically/sexually responsible as adults. Which, to an extent, they can be, but in order for the no-restrictions idea to work we'd have to completely change society's idea of what parenting is, etc. etc. We'd have to re-do society... for it to work. XD
Then again, my ideas on how stuff should function don't really revolve around society working out harmoniously; they're more of a "this would benefit me and my loved ones," kinda double standard.
Even caffeine. I'm going out on a limb by saying that, and I'm kind of a hypocrite, because energy drinks were my big "fix" before I'd ever turned 18. Still, if too much caffeine can cause negative repercussions(and past experiences say it can), you can go buy your Rockstar energy drinks when you're 18. Until then, let your mom get it for you.
Actually, you know what? Screw the restrictions bit. I do like the idea of having none. One of the big problems with drug use, in my opinion, is that people aren't informed enough. Same goes with teenage sexual activity and so on. We don't tell people, "hey, if you do heroin, the side effects are this and this and this," we go, "hey, don't do heroin!! it's evil and will kill you!!" to which all the anti-authority risk-takers go "COOL" and shoot up. Personally, if I didn't know about the effects of heroin on the body, just being told it's dangerous and not to do it would make me want to do it. I can't say the thought hadn't crossed my mind several times before, I was just too lazy to go out looking for it.
So if we just informed people more, told people how things work, what will happen, all in a very non-biased way, perhaps people would listen.
Mind you, I understand that some people will go "screw the warning label" and do it anyway, but hey, like I said, I'm not their mommy. If they wanna kill themselves on an overdose, it isn't my problem.