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What Do You Think Of Those Forums/Sites Which Encourage Drug Abuse?

Discussion in 'General Substance Abuse Discussion' started by Rainman, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. Rainman

    Rainman Community Champion

    I landed on one such forum accidentally. It is a forum where members discuss the drugs they use, which ones were "good," the ones they'd be testing next and that kind of thing. Such a cavalier attitude towards drugs I found to be somewhat disturbing.

    We've all got the right to discuss whatever we want online but should those rights extend to even those who'd wish to mislead other people?

    What do you think? Should such forums exist?
  2. zaerine

    zaerine Community Champion

    I do not think that those kind of forums should exist but sadly to say, they are forums like that who have been existing although I have not seen one yet personally. Hope that those kind of forums will not be accessible to minors.
  3. serenity

    serenity Community Champion

    Well, there are sites that teach or encourage people to do wrong things, just like hacking for example, so I don't think such forums should exist. But realistically speaking, even on Youtube you will find all sorts of tutorials that encourage or help people do illegal things, so we really couldn't do much about it, unless the Internet will acquire some sort of censorship board.
  4. Cheeky_Chick

    Cheeky_Chick Community Champion

    It is difficult to be able to police it, but if anybody discusses things in such a way in the forums that I run, they would be given a warning for it because I don't think that it is the type of thing that I really want to be promoting on anything that is linked to me. People need to realise just how harmful it can be when there are addicts reading about how "cool" drugs are - when that is absolutely NOT the case at all. Some people just have no idea how much their words could hurt others, however they do really need to be told.
  5. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    While I myself think such sites/forums are incredibly irresponsible, I don’t believe in censorship. Taking away their voices won’t do a thing to take away drug use in general. In fact, this kind of reminds me of the pro-ana/mia forums that were so huge a while back, and the same theory applies; eliminating those sites wouldn’t eliminate the prevalence of eating disorders.
  6. FuZyOn

    FuZyOn Community Champion

    I think that they are influencing the population in a bad way but that doesn't mean they should be censored/removed. Everyone has the right to voice their thoughts, especially since we're talking about the internet here.
  7. trevermorgana

    trevermorgana Active Contributor

    I don't believe in censorship. For a person to make a decision on drug use based on something they read on heard I automatically assume there are other outside factors involved in this. However, I understand that they can still ADD to the reasons why I person would move in such a dangerous direction.
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  8. Bonzer

    Bonzer Community Champion

    It's all part of the game. Everything exists in this world and that's the reason why human discretion holds such a great importance. I personally learned a lot from internet and it made a quality change in my life. It could even ruin lives as well. I, however, wish children are protected from such malicious sites and forums.
  9. dyanmarie25

    dyanmarie25 Community Champion

    Really? I didn't know there is such thing as that kind of forum. Well, I think drug abuse should never be encouraged. And what's the purpose of building a forum about getting high and whatsoever. In my opinion, that's a bit pointless and should be banned.
  10. L_B

    L_B Community Champion

    I have actually came across such a form too and it really saddened me to see the discussions that were going on. They were supporting and encouraging each other to try many different drugs. People who are addicted and into that lifestyle are going to try it whether they read about it online or not. Most people who use don't seem to care what they are putting into their bodies as along as they are getting that sought after high. Sad that such forums exist but it is impossible to control all things that are online.
  11. missbishi

    missbishi Community Champion

    I suppose such forums do serve a purpose in that they could contribute to harm reduction. There are always people who are going to take drugs and if sharing tips and advice as well as warnings can prevent overdoses then I'm in favor of it.
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  12. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    I never knew these kinds of forums existed either. I wish people would stop and think about what they type before putting it on the Internet because once you hit enter there is no taking it back. Encouraging drug addiction is such a horrible thing to do but these types of sites exist for a reason. Because people ( some not all) keep contributing to them.
  13. CallipygianGamine

    CallipygianGamine Community Champion

    That hadn’t really occurred to me, but it’s a valid point. Some of us may not relish the fact that people are encouraging/enabling addictions; however, the people posting on such forums are obviously not ready to seek help, so there would be little point trying to convince them to do so. And posting among other users with experience may actually be keeping some of them alive.
  14. deewanna

    deewanna Senior Contributor

    This is very sad. I can't believe such forums actually exist. Why would anyone do that. I think those that owns this forums are wicked. They are only in it for the profit and cares less about the destruction they are causing in the lives of their members.
  15. MyDigitalpoint

    MyDigitalpoint Community Champion

    I really dislike those kind of forums, not only discussing on how good doing some drugs is, but also sharing a sort of journal to describe how they are dosing a given substance, how mixing it with others, what they feel and so on.

    While this is supposed to be information that contributes to get people knowing what to expect of using drugs, mixes and how to increase dosage "safely," the real fact is that nobody may ever know how real is what the are writing down, what they are hidden and, above all, the fact that whatever drug is "good" for someone, might be devastating for another one.
  16. zplohr

    zplohr Member

    I believe that we have it wrong. Educating people on drug use is not bad, it is important to remember every one is not an Addict. It is like saying that diabetics can not have sugar, so we should not educate people on how different sugars interact with the body because that will make the diabetic community mad. Just because we can not partake dose not mean that we should not educate those who can on what is safe and what is not, or the effects they will have. Remember we are the ones with the problem, dealing with our problem is our story.
  17. pwarbi

    pwarbi Community Champion

    I guess that there's forums such as that, just shows what kind of society we're living in these days. With the increase in popularity of the internet, there's going to be sites around that will cover all manner of topics, drugs and drug use being one of them.

    While I don't necessarily think these sites will promote drug abuse, at the same time they're not exactly putting people off taking them either. People aren't going to start taking drugs just because of a forum, but at the same time it's not helping the situation at th the moment either.
  18. amethyst

    amethyst Community Champion

    I wasn't even aware that such forums exist. So many things slip through the net and end up in front of the eyes of the vulnerable who get spurred on to act in some way that isn't exactly benefiting them.
    I think that the owners or moderators of such forums are irresponsible to not censor such sensitive information. Why would anyone in their right and sober mind want to encourage deeply personal discussions about the effects of drugs without focusing on the goal of trying to quit them?
  19. Jasmine2015

    Jasmine2015 Community Champion

    This is one of those times I really hope parents have some sort of Internet filter so that forums encouraging drug abuse don't pop up at home. All I can think about are the vulnerable kids who don't know how to decipher what info is good, bad, or just plain false on the Internet.

    Yes I agree that people should be educated on how drugs effect the human body but that is not the same as teaching someone how to take a drug and sniff it up as an example. And besides, you can always ask your doctor how to safely take your prescription drugs if your not confident on how to do it, like for instance if it is in the form of a shot. Things such as the Epipen or insulin come to mind.
  20. Winterybella

    Winterybella Community Champion

    Are there sites that encourage abuse? That's news to me. I had imagined that they might be sites where drug use might be encouraged for whatever reason but encouraging abuse? That sounds really odd. I recall a few times in the forum where persons had to be reminded that this forum was to discourage drug use. Some saw the need to exchange notes on what was better etc. Even then I don't think they were encouraging abuse. I am more than curious about such sites.