Bongs & Co.
world of illicit drugs," Jan. 16
To the Editor:
While I acknowledge and can appreciate The Gazette's creative
and liberal approach to journalism, I strongly believe that it was in
poor taste to include a sidebar with your article, explaining to readers
how to "snort a line" and "shoot up safely."
Even though the sidebar contained a disclaimer, I was disturbed by the inclusion of such instructions and would not want my teenaged sister to come across the article, as I felt this portion of the article portrayed drug use as a common, everyday activity through its informal tone and instructions to make it easy for inexperienced people to roll a joint or smoke a bong.
It is hard enough to keep young kids away from drugs, but by including
step-by-step instructions on how to effectively use drugs, Gazette staff
are not helping the problem. To a young person, such as my sister, who
often reads copies of The Gazette, an article such as this may
seem to be endorsing "proper" drug use.
In addition, I felt this section was insensitive to the readers who may have lost friends or family from drug abuse and to those whom themselves may have overcome a drug addiction, by trivializing drug administration.
So, instead of telling readers how to shoot up safely, you might have wanted to include statistics on drug-related deaths in the past few years as incentive not to partake in this dangerous activity or, for those who are using drugs, to stop this self-destructive habit before they become a statistic themselves.