Bristol And Drug Culture

Drugs are bad

Ciara discusses Bristol’s drug culture and asks if we’ve had enough.

‘I’ve decided, I love drugs.’

‘I’ve decided, I love drugs.’

These are the words of Pandora in the hit teen series, ‘Skins’. The Bristol based programme was known for its exaggerated look into the world of Bristolian teenagers: alcohol, sex and drugs. Whilst the show was only for entertainment it recently seems to have become less of an exaggeration in the life of Bristol teens. Some of the youth of Bristol have become drug obsessed, acting much like the characters in ‘Skins’. If you are between the ages of 16-21 and you don’t do drugs yourself it is likely you have still been offered them or been around others under the influence of drugs. They are unavoidable.

I would much rather laugh about my memories with friends than forget a festival I had paid £40 to go to.

I recently went to the Bristol music festival ‘Love Saves The Day’. On the way in, security were searching bags for narcotics. However, within an hour of getting in my friends and I had been offered drugs countless times. Many people in the festival had clearly taken drugs and were having strong reactions to them. Some people were just lying on the ground and others were standing still in the middle of a mosh pit seemingly unaware of where they were or what they were doing. Whilst I appreciate that these people may have felt they were having the best time of their lives it did not look like this. And the next morning when my friends and I began to discuss and laugh about our antics the day before, others we knew, who had taken substances, were awakening wondering where they were and struggling to remember how they had got there. I know I would much rather laugh about my memories with friends than forget a festival I had paid £40 to go to.

The youth of today have forgotten how to enjoy themselves without smoking or swallowing illegal substances. Why can’t friends meet up without smoking weed? Why can’t people go to a party without taking something before hand?  The answer for the majority is simple… it’s a trend. Nowadays it is trendy to be ‘hipster’ and ‘different ‘. It is trendy to smoke and do drugs and be ‘carefree’ and whilst I agree that risking your life just to feel a high is very carefree, I personally do not see the appeal. It’s not just the drugs being damaging to your body that cause harm but what you do whilst on the drugs. You can’t properly control your actions whilst high; you could easily injure yourself or others around you. People drop dead all the time from taking a dodgy pill or accidently overdosing, so why risk it? In 2014 alone over 2000 people died from illegal drugs.

Older generations would do anything to be as healthy as they were in their teenager years, yet the youth of today do not seem to care what happens to their body as long as they can feel a high every once in a while. Perhaps when people of my generation look back on our teenage years the majority will wish they had been drug-free rather than care-free.

For further support and advice get in touch with Bristol Drugs Project via Rife Guide.