Since i began university back in 2009, this topic has become increasingly prominent in the lives of the students i see around on nights out.
Now I am probably going to sound like someone from the dark ages, or the most boring person in the world, but I just don’t get the attraction of taking drugs.
I’m not naive enough to think that it’s a new occurrence, or that I’m the first person to feel that I want to have no dealings with it, but I have found it creeping into to the lives of people i associate with.
Last night, we had a group night out to celebrate a friend’s birthday. As usual, the house party turned into gathering of hoards of people I have never met before, but claimed to know the birthday boy in some way or another and invited themselves in.
Controversy struck when it came to book taxis, and it became apparent the birthday boy and some of his ‘friends’ were missing. When their whereabouts were questioned, I was answered with the statement, ‘oh, they’ve just gone to get some ket’ – (referring to the drug ketamine. a drug more commonly used as a horse tranquilizer).
I’m all for having a good time. I binge drink as much as the next student, but when did it become ok to take hard drugs just to make sure you have a good night – and to make it sound silly of me to ask about what they were doing.
I just don’t get it.
In my first year, I decided to having nothing to do with a girl who was my best friend from home after she became a frequent user of the infamous mcat. Before uni she barely drank let alone do any sort of drugs, so what is it about the uni life that draws people in to a world of danger and deceit?
Like I said, I know it’s nothing new, but until your bang in the middle of the problem, constantly being offered mystery white powders in the toilets of nightclubs, you don’t realise how big a problem it has become.