Opinion

Are those drugs you're taking worth the 'cheap thrills'?

A THREE minute video emerged on social media this week and it broke my heart.

An Australian man, Jordy Hurdes was stuttering and shaking uncontrollably in the video, barely able to get the words out.

He had taken ecstasy or "pingas", the street name for the drug, it had nearly taken his life - and left him with a permanent jerking stutter.

He pleads with viewers, claiming party drugs are just "cheap thrills" to stay away from.

"Just please guys, don't get sucked in," Jordy said.

"It all seems like fun and games and a cheap $25 pill, but it's not worth it. If I have to live like this it's going to be a struggle for the rest of my life.

"Be the stronger person, say no to drugs. If not, do it for me."

After watching the video I was in tears and my heart churned for this man.

How quick to have your everything ripped from underneath you for a "good time" that may only last a few hours but could damage you for the rest of your life.

I'm worried for my generation, and generations to come.

I'm worried that if I had children, they would grow up thinking its okay to take a pill or two every weekend.

It's so normal now to go out on the weekend and take drugs for the fun of it.

Is this the world we want our children to live and grow up in? To continue to make the same mistakes we are making right now?

And having the thought process, "they have to make mistakes and learn from them" is not good enough --- it's laziness.

Would you want your child to make the same mistake Jordy made?

Sadly, I know plenty of people who have used illicit "party" drugs recreationally, and although I have never been down that road I just don't see the point in it.

And even when I ask people why they take it, their response is as simple as it is deadly, "because it's fun."

Fun. Not only am I scared, but I'm saddened to think what 'fun' has turned into.

Jordy had no idea that the drugs he had taken for a "fun" night out would have such dire consequences.

"It's a waiting game at the moment to see whether I'll have permanent jerking like I do now," Jordy said in the video.

"Doctors can't believe I'm still alive. I'm so grateful I'm still here."

Jordy has shared his video across various social media platforms in hopes to get the message across.

But I'm pessimistic in seeing it change anyone's weekend habits because it's not the first video and it won't be the last.

The stigma surrounded drug taking is most people think "that will never happen to me, it's not like I take them all the time".

"No one can tell me what to do, it's just a bit of fun."

You're right, no one can tell you what to do.

And apparently, no one will --- until it's too late.

How many warnings do we need, how many deaths do we have to see before the message sinks in?

Topics:  drugs, health, opinion




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