DRUGS AND SOCIAL MEDIA
Recently, I’v started listening to a series of lectures on Mises.org that discusses drugs throughout history. From the two or three lectures that I’ve heard so far, one thing is blatantly clear: social media and public impressions have done far more to affect the way drugs are treated in our society than the medical facts of these drugs have. When we look at marijuana for instance, we can see that there is a huge benefit to using this drug in medicine, but the general hatred of the drug was enough to make it illegal in the U.S. without any real consideration of the drug’s uses and effects on the populace. Since marijuana’s legalization, the only noticeable difference in society are several marijuana shops opening up downtown. No huge increase of drug-related deaths or hospitalizations reported in the news. If the legalization of marijuana has proved that it never should have been made illegal in the first place, what can we say about other drugs? The general opinion of the public should not be enough to decide whether a doctor wants to use a certain drug to treat his patients or if a person wants to ruin their own life. The main deciding factor whether to leave these people alone or intervene in their lives and businesses is if the social media can rile up enough people with biased reports and untrue facts about something the general population is ignorant about.