Why Are Drugs That Change How We Feel So Common?

What 9 Common Drugs Including Caffeine, Weed, And Booze Do To Your Brain, Business Insider, July 2015

How common do you think drug use is? Both licit and illicit. Drugs this article didn’t consider, besides prescription painkillers, are other psychoactive prescription drugs … sleeping pills, benzodiazepines and other anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, Adderall and other stimulants. They didn’t mention nicotine either, the main psychoactive drug in cigarettes and vapes.

Do you think you meet anyone in a day who doesn’t do some drug? Who isn’t altering the function of their brain? I think about this when I’m out driving (other drivers). I thought about it a lot when I took public transportation (boy, do I have some stories there!). It comes to mind when I think about the people running our country, or the people who perform surgeries. My first inclination when I meet someone is that they are not under the influence of any drug. I think I need to work on that inclination.

2 thoughts on “Why Are Drugs That Change How We Feel So Common?

  1. mboydp

    I do take prescription sleeping pills and one State of PA medical marijuana tincture to help sleep. But you’d be mistaken if you though that I, at least, am under any influence during the day. And I don’t meet anyone during the day b/c of the increasing covid surge and new variants.

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    1. Bix Post author

      I did not know that people who took sleeping pills could be affected the following day until I read that the FDA advised against driving the day after taking a sleeping pill.
      “…people taking sleep drugs were as likely to have a car crash as those driving with a blood alcohol level above the legal limit.”
      I’ll repost that.

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