Personally, the side affects of drugs are like a prison sentence in themselves. I find it so annoying and upsetting that people I'm close to are so wrapped up in drugs. Also thinking that nothing bad will happen to them, when actually they have already got slight side affects like paranoia and anxiety problems. I'm waiting for the day when one of them starts hearing voices or seeing little people, it would certainly come as a great surprise. That wasn't supposed to sound mean but I know that one day something bad will come of the constant smoking and drug taking, I'm including cigarettes and alcohol in this by the way too.
Granted I smoke cigarettes and drink and I've had problems with the latter before, but I've also realised what I was doing and sorted myself out several times. I've also done a few hard drugs once and had the odd puff on a spliff here and there.
But coming from someone who has had to look after a mentally ill person and regularly has an alchie in the house, I fear the worse for my friends. I really do. Obviously there is a chance that nothing bad will ever come of the drug taking they do, but there is also a chance that they will go down a very horrid route. I don't expect them to listen to a 17yr old girl because quite frankly I've expressed my concerns before and it's always been shrugged off, they know better right?
When your friends franticly search the room for a lump of solid because their weed has run out and they really want a spliff after having about 4 already that night, I think they need to get a grip. That's an addiction/problem right there, it's also something my mother would do when looking for more alcohol, hence why I can label it as an addiction in my view.
As to whether drugs should be legalised, well maybe they should, for a start it would kill off lots of addicts by overdose and then of course there will be the people that just can't get enough of the fact it's all legal and make themselves ill, a life time of medication doesn't sound very appealing to me.
P.S: Before Chippy or someone else trys to pick this apart, I am very aware that not all drug takers end up mental or with problems. But this is my opinion and I don't really need to put in the other side.