|I don't do drugs, and none of my friends do. That's going to far as well.|
That's entirely dependent on what drug it is. There are dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin that are highly addictive and easy to overdose on, and then there are drugs like THC (found in marijuana), psilocybin (found in magic mushrooms) and ketamine, which are non-addictive and impossible or almost impossible to overdose on. Take ketamine, for example; you can't really overdose on it by yourself because even if you were injecting it, it would knock you out long before you managed to take enough of it to harm you -- it's a very strong sedative, but it has a very high toxic dose (by which I mean you have to take a lot of it for it to have toxic effects). For that reason, it's carried by ambulances in the UK to anaesthetise people involved in, for example, road accidents, and it's used surgically as a general anaesthetic in the US. Other anaesthetics that are used, like barbiturates and benzodiapedines are addictive, and benzo withdrawal can even kill you (AFAIK, the only other drug with potentially-lethal withdrawal effects is alcohol). As for THC (marijuana/cannabis), I don't think there has ever been an established toxic dose, and I can say with certainty that there are no records of anyone ever dying from overdose.
Of course, that's not to say you can't or won't get hooked on those drugs, or suffer side-effects. I personally know a guy who spends nearly all of his time and money on marijuana, and another guy who on several occasions has snorted enough ketamine to knock himself out and give himself a nose bleed. Moreover, almost all psychoactive drugs temporarily reduce your cognitive faculties meaning you make dumb decisions and react more slowly, and are thus more likely to hurt yourself if you're not in a safe place or with sensible, sober friends; although stimulants like caffeine and amphetamines have the opposite effect, which is why adderall is used by ADHD patients and students). Also any drug that artificially induces happiness (including marijuana) has the ability to cause long-term side-effects like depression and short-term memory loss with heavy, frequent use over a long period of time because overexposure to dopamine, a neurotransmitter that, amongst other things, regulates mood and memory, and is released by mood-enhancing drugs, can lead to dopamine insensitivity in much the same way that overexposure to insulin caused by overeating can lead to insulin insensitivity and thus diabetes.
To summarise, if you're sensible enough to take drugs infrequently and in sensible doses, and you avoid genuinely dangerous drugs like most opiates (heroin) and cocaine, then you have nothing to fear. It all depends on you -- people with addictive personalities will usually end up addicted to something, be it something legal like gambling, alcohol or even caffeine, or something illegal. Others don't. One of my friends has a "try everything once" mentality and has taken heroin once, enjoyed it, and never taken it again. There's no one-size-fits-all solution to the issue. That being said, I don't want to encourage you to take any drug, especially at the age of 12. I just want to provide an informed counterbalance to the ridiculous level of drugs alarmism in western society.
|I'm sorry guys but I have to laugh at this forum using Peer-pressure to tell Lumpkin how evil Peer-pressure is.|
Peer pressure is another thing that is often warned against but has its good and bad sides. You can be peer pressured to drink or steal, and then you can be peer pressured not to. Whether it's good or bad is contextual.