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‘In mijn vriendengroep is drugsgebruik vrij normaal, mensen leggen de packies op tafel en we gaan een avond hard’

Whenever I’m at a party and drank a bit and then take some coke, I feel like I’m on top of the world. It simply removes your boundaries. The social aspect is very important, and I love experimenting but there is a fine line between recreational use and dependency. Taking coke as an example, now that I’m familiar with it, I notice that it’s hard for me to party without.    I’m afraid that I might be addicted to it. I’ve seen people that started to become addicted, and I get anxious that the same fate awaits me. That’s why I decided to quit for a couple of weeks. I felt great. In my circle drugs are quite normal, during parties you can just see them everywhere. After those weeks in which I quit I noticed that I fell  back into old habits quite quickly, but way stronger than before my coke-stop.      Whenever I’m at a party and drank a bit and then take some coke, I feel like I’m on top of the world. It simply removes your boundaries. The social aspect is very important, and I love experimenting but there is a fine line between recreational use and dependency. Taking coke as an example, now that I’m familiar with it, I notice that it’s hard for me to party without.    I’m afraid that I might be addicted to it. I’ve seen people that started to become addicted, and I get anxious that the same fate awaits me. That’s why I decided to quit for a couple of weeks. I felt great. In my circle drugs are quite normal, during parties you can just see them everywhere. After those weeks in which I quit I noticed that I fell  back into old habits quite quickly, but way stronger than before my coke-stop.  

I think drugs should become legal. If we decriminalize drugs everyone has its own choice whether they want to try it or not. Alcohol is one of the most addictive drugs of them all and you can simply buy it in the supermarket. And why can we buy weed in the coffeshops but we can’t have more than a certain amount of homegrown weed? I think that we then jeopardize the governments business plan. 

Above all, I think education about drugs should be more of a topic, so youngsters are aware of the consequences and what drugs are. The more illegal something is, the more people get drawn to it.’  

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