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New Research Identifies the Real “Gateway Drug” and It’s 100% LEGAL

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Studies on drug use show that almost every single person, 99% of all illicit drug users have tried marijuana before they did any other drugs. This insubstantial fact is used by reefer madness folks across the globe to bolster their claims that “marijuana is a gateway drug.”

But when one looks past the surface of this claim, it becomes downright silly. It just so happens that 99% of these so-called illicit drug users could have also tried coffee, soft drinks, candy, or milk before moving on to harsher substances.

As the Washington Post reports,

New research out this month in the Journal of School Health could shed some light on this question. A team of researchers from Texas A&M and the University of Florida examined data from from 2,800 U.S. 12th graders interviewed for the Monitoring the Future study, an annual federal survey of teen drug use. They wanted to establish which substances teens typically used first.

They give away their findings in the title of their paper: “Prioritizing Alcohol Prevention: Establishing Alcohol as the Gateway Drug and Linking Age of First Drink With Illicit Drug Use.” They found that “the vast majority of respondents reported using alcohol prior to either tobacco or marijuana initiation.”

Not only that, but of those three main substances — alcohol, tobacco and marijuana — kids were the least likely to start using pot before the others.

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According to the study, “Alcohol was the most widely used substance among respondents, initiated earliest, and also the first substance most commonly used in the progression of substance use.”

The entire notion of “gateway” becomes largely irrelevant when viewed in this manner. Of course, since alcohol consumption is most prevalent, it is the clear choice. However, more important than what the kids are using is when they are using.

According to the researchers, “Overall, early onset substance initiation, whether that is alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs, exerts a powerful influence over future health risk behaviors.”

However, the good news is that in spite of the drug of choice for teens being alcohol, a study published last month shows that drug use across all 12th-grade students has declined.

In each of the grades, the researchers noted declining usage rates for cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, synthetic marijuana and heroin (which hit a record low at 0.3% for 8th graders and 0.5% for 10th and 12th graders.) “These two findings were very surprising,” says Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health (the group that funded the research).

Experts were worried that since prescription opioids and heroin use have gotten more popular nationally, they might see the same trends in teens. But this does not exist.

So does this study mean that the entire country should freak out, ban alcohol and declare “booze madness” to stop its early childhood use? Of course not.

Only through a lesser ignorance about drug use will teens choose to abstain. As the war on drugs has proven, making substances illegal only increases their toxicity, increases crime, drives up overdoses, grows the police state, and turns addicts into criminals.

During alcohol prohibition, in fact, researchers found that outlawing alcohol only served to temporarily decrease its consumption. Within a few years, alcohol use was back to normal, only this time, its sale was in the government-created black market which sent crime skyrocketing. It’s no coincidence that the largest year on record for police being killed in the line of duty coincides with the beginning of prohibition.

In the year 1930, at the peak of prohibition, 300 police officers were killed, and innumerable poor people slaughtered as the state cracked down on drinkers.

Somehow, politicians and police alike continue to hypocritically fight the war on drugs while alcohol remains completely legal. But with force and the threat of violence being the sole impetus behind the state’s existence, it’s nearly impossible for them to seek a peaceful way of reducing drug use. Couple the ability to make laws, with the ability to generate revenue, and this force becomes blinded by its own greed.

As the Post’s Christopher Ingraham writes,

In the past, Christie has argued that legalizing marijuana would lead to more teen drug use, and that taxes generated from marijuana sales amounted to “blood money.”

“I’m not going to put the lives of children and citizens at risk to put a little more money into the state coffers, at least not on my watch,” he said in March.

But if taxes on marijuana amount to “blood money,” Christie so far has had no qualms with accepting taxes on the sales of alcohol. In 2013, he signed a bill expanding the state’s production of hard liquor. The bill allows distillers to produce 640 gallons of hard spirits per year, provided they pay a $938 licensing fee.

To the government, the stroke of a pen can make a once immoral practice, like locking someone in a cage for a plant, a moral duty of the state. It’s time we start exposing this fraud.

  • Please (Y) + Comment + Share this story if you think it’s time to End the Drug War.

    • Interesting figures…would be nice to have some sources for the numbers (for the fact checkers). Also, It would be nice to know how many died as a direct result of the war on drugs (along with sources)….gotta have sources or it’s just hearsay.

    • It’s common sense.

    • does that mean should we ban drinking

  • Please (Y) + Comment + Share this story if you think it’s time to End the Drug War.

    • Interesting figures…would be nice to have some sources for the numbers (for the fact checkers). Also, It would be nice to know how many died as a direct result of the war on drugs (along with sources)….gotta have sources or it’s just hearsay.

    • It’s common sense.

    • does that mean should we ban drinking

  • Alcohol

  • Alcohol

    • Why do you people think this is the right place to spam? No one cares about your terrible tattoos. Go spam elsewhere, some sort of teen angst page seems more fitting.

    • Nasty ho

    • I’m ok with this. I’m not even mad. It’s like intermission

    • Why do you people think this is the right place to spam? No one cares about your terrible tattoos. Go spam elsewhere, some sort of teen angst page seems more fitting.

    • Nasty ho

    • I’m ok with this. I’m not even mad. It’s like intermission

  • Most relationships fail because we spend too much time pointing out each others mistakes and not enough time enjoying each others company.

  • Most relationships fail because we spend too much time pointing out each others mistakes and not enough time enjoying each others company.

  • I knew it!

  • I knew it!

  • I can’t believe people would actually want to put that shit in their bodies what are thinking

  • I can’t believe people would actually want to put that shit in their bodies what are thinking

  • My heroin addiction started with Vicodin. I smoked cannabis for 10 years and never had the desire to do opiates until the doctor more or less forced my hand. I have been clean for over 5 years now and the local hospital has me on a drug seeker list because I smoke cannabis, even though I tell them on every visit NOT to give me any narcotics.

    • well that is good for you same boat as you i refuse them when they do try to give me stronger drugs then advil or extra strength pills i even took back prescriptions back for tylenol 3 i know thats now much but to me it is alot nice to see other people do this also

    • Doctors are no different than street drug pushers. Doctors are Legal Drug Pushers. What’s the difference..

    • THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE THE PUSHERS!!!

    • The doctors don’t have to push their drugs.

    • Shevonne Harris Because they are paid to do it they will

    • Did they start you on codeine cough medicine at an earlier age?

    • Yes, the first time I remember having codeine cough syrup was when I had really bad bronchitis when I was 8.

    • I was lucky to hardly take an ibuprofen or antibiotics throughout my childhood. Seventeen now and I will never take another pill in my life if I can .

  • My heroin addiction started with Vicodin. I smoked cannabis for 10 years and never had the desire to do opiates until the doctor more or less forced my hand. I have been clean for over 5 years now and the local hospital has me on a drug seeker list because I smoke cannabis, even though I tell them on every visit NOT to give me any narcotics.

    • well that is good for you same boat as you i refuse them when they do try to give me stronger drugs then advil or extra strength pills i even took back prescriptions back for tylenol 3 i know thats now much but to me it is alot nice to see other people do this also

    • Doctors are no different than street drug pushers. Doctors are Legal Drug Pushers. What’s the difference..

    • THE DRUG COMPANIES ARE THE PUSHERS!!!

    • The doctors don’t have to push their drugs.

    • Shevonne Harris Because they are paid to do it they will

    • Did they start you on codeine cough medicine at an earlier age?

    • Yes, the first time I remember having codeine cough syrup was when I had really bad bronchitis when I was 8.

    • I was lucky to hardly take an ibuprofen or antibiotics throughout my childhood. Seventeen now and I will never take another pill in my life if I can .

  • They really needed a study for this?

    • Yes! Studies verify numbers, in an “official” capacity….if we want a MEANINGFUL discourse on the subject we need facts, figures, statistics and other information to help present the case…otherwise it’s just opinion!

    • It was a sarcastic comment due to the fact that it’s pretty common knowledge already.

    • Sad thing is people need the validity of numbers when it’s clear as day

  • They really needed a study for this?

    • Yes! Studies verify numbers, in an “official” capacity….if we want a MEANINGFUL discourse on the subject we need facts, figures, statistics and other information to help present the case…otherwise it’s just opinion!

    • It was a sarcastic comment due to the fact that it’s pretty common knowledge already.

    • Sad thing is people need the validity of numbers when it’s clear as day

  • is it alcohol …or is it sugar …or wait … is it dopamine ?? Nope …its sex.

  • is it alcohol …or is it sugar …or wait … is it dopamine ?? Nope …its sex.

  • so true

  • so true

  • “New Research”

  • “New Research”

  • Media?

  • Media?

  • Alcohol

  • Alcohol

  • milk: 99.5%

  • milk: 99.5%

  • Money? Fame? Internet blog?

  • Money? Fame? Internet blog?

  • Did they ask about Ritalin?

  • Did they ask about Ritalin?

  • Fucking pop ups made this unreadable.

  • Fucking pop ups made this unreadable.

  • addicts will always defend their drug of choice. if you need a crutch so be it but don’t cry if you have to face the consequences

    • The thing about crutches…..they help u walk when ur leg is busted. Do u mean to tell me i shud take the rx heroine like a good ltl idiot? Bcuz that is what im being offered. U wanna talk about crutches. Do u have any clue how many ppl r battling rx addiction?

    • How is it a crutch when your doctor gives you medicine and you become addicted to it? Huh? Where do you think drug addiction started? Because meds from a doctor are far more addicting where no one has died or oded or gotten addicted to pot, last I heard. So why not idk do some research before speaking?

    • Also, doctors do not prescribe medicine. They prescribe neuro toxins that destroy your GI flora, slow down your thyroid, calcify your pineal gland, ruin your immune system, fry your brain receptors, and are extremely addictive…take Lyrica and Cymbalta for example…..who the hell doesnt need a crutch once docs have destroyed their health?

    • why let doctors destroy your bodies because they tell you to take something you must??, i wouldn’t even take an Advil or Tylenol, i would like to know the causes of my problems not mask them. i had a bone graph done to my jaw i was giving morphine pills by the anesthesiologist guess what i choose not to take them because once again i don’t want to need a drug to make my self feel better i have a good immune system that i haven’t destroyed and i refuse to live my life requiring a crutch.

    • sure i have to tough out pain sometimes but i think its worth it not being an addict

    • i know its human nature to pass off the blame but come on, we are all adults here we make the final decision what we let and prevent into our bodies

    • i agree prescription drugs are worse but that doesn’t make weed ok. killing someone is worse then stealing but believe me after you steal something a defense wouldn’t be well at least i didn’t kill anyone. i hope people understand the correlation i was trying to make

  • addicts will always defend their drug of choice. if you need a crutch so be it but don’t cry if you have to face the consequences

    • The thing about crutches…..they help u walk when ur leg is busted. Do u mean to tell me i shud take the rx heroine like a good ltl idiot? Bcuz that is what im being offered. U wanna talk about crutches. Do u have any clue how many ppl r battling rx addiction?

    • How is it a crutch when your doctor gives you medicine and you become addicted to it? Huh? Where do you think drug addiction started? Because meds from a doctor are far more addicting where no one has died or oded or gotten addicted to pot, last I heard. So why not idk do some research before speaking?

    • Also, doctors do not prescribe medicine. They prescribe neuro toxins that destroy your GI flora, slow down your thyroid, calcify your pineal gland, ruin your immune system, fry your brain receptors, and are extremely addictive…take Lyrica and Cymbalta for example…..who the hell doesnt need a crutch once docs have destroyed their health?

    • why let doctors destroy your bodies because they tell you to take something you must??, i wouldn’t even take an Advil or Tylenol, i would like to know the causes of my problems not mask them. i had a bone graph done to my jaw i was giving morphine pills by the anesthesiologist guess what i choose not to take them because once again i don’t want to need a drug to make my self feel better i have a good immune system that i haven’t destroyed and i refuse to live my life requiring a crutch.

    • sure i have to tough out pain sometimes but i think its worth it not being an addict

    • i know its human nature to pass off the blame but come on, we are all adults here we make the final decision what we let and prevent into our bodies

    • i agree prescription drugs are worse but that doesn’t make weed ok. killing someone is worse then stealing but believe me after you steal something a defense wouldn’t be well at least i didn’t kill anyone. i hope people understand the correlation i was trying to make

  • Click-baiting now? Bet you start selling t-shirts & sweaters next.

  • Click-baiting now? Bet you start selling t-shirts & sweaters next.

  • Sugar.

  • Sugar.

  • “As the war on drugs has proven, making substances illegal only increases their toxicity, increases crime, drives up overdoses, grows the police state, and turns addicts into criminals.”

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Prohibition does not increase potency. If anything, it increases demand.

  • “As the war on drugs has proven, making substances illegal only increases their toxicity, increases crime, drives up overdoses, grows the police state, and turns addicts into criminals.”

    This is the stupidest thing I’ve seen in a long time. Prohibition does not increase potency. If anything, it increases demand.

  • Caffiene is a drug, glucose is a drug. Get real everyone, all molecules metabolised by humans have an effect on mind and/or body.

  • Caffiene is a drug, glucose is a drug. Get real everyone, all molecules metabolised by humans have an effect on mind and/or body.

  • It’s called alcohol and tobacco and both have been legal for as long as we have been around. Ironic.

    • Well, except for Prohibition that one time. That worked out well, didn’t it?

  • It’s called alcohol and tobacco and both have been legal for as long as we have been around. Ironic.

    • Well, except for Prohibition that one time. That worked out well, didn’t it?

  • TOTAL BULLSHIT!….

  • TOTAL BULLSHIT!….

  • There are no reasonable arguments for marijuana’s prohibition. In fact, the reason it was made illegal in the first place is incredibly ridiculous.

  • There are no reasonable arguments for marijuana’s prohibition. In fact, the reason it was made illegal in the first place is incredibly ridiculous.

  • No shit! Always been thr truth!

  • No shit! Always been thr truth!

  • Pure leaf Sweet tea! Told y’all!

  • Pure leaf Sweet tea! Told y’all!

  • Well addiction is just a consequence of a need to escape the reality. it’s not about the substances it’s about how the system makes our lives suck. I think the most people’s lives in first and second world countries start to suck at school.

  • Well addiction is just a consequence of a need to escape the reality. it’s not about the substances it’s about how the system makes our lives suck. I think the most people’s lives in first and second world countries start to suck at school.

  • #Alcohol

  • #Alcohol

  • Alcohol? Is that it? Do I win a prize? Ouuu I hope its drugs!

  • Alcohol? Is that it? Do I win a prize? Ouuu I hope its drugs!

  • this idiotic argument lacks any semblance of logic

  • this idiotic argument lacks any semblance of logic

  • “Gateway”? To what? Taking drugs? Any drugs? Such as whatever the hell you want to take, whenever and wherever, so long as you take nothing away from someone else that is theirs? Cannabis, heroin, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and many other drugs were completely unregulated and readily available before the rise of the “progressive” and interventionist State and there was far less of a drug and addiction problem than today with regulation, proscription and “criminality” courtesy of the State. Drugs are not the problem. Government is.

  • “Gateway”? To what? Taking drugs? Any drugs? Such as whatever the hell you want to take, whenever and wherever, so long as you take nothing away from someone else that is theirs? Cannabis, heroin, alcohol, tobacco, cocaine and many other drugs were completely unregulated and readily available before the rise of the “progressive” and interventionist State and there was far less of a drug and addiction problem than today with regulation, proscription and “criminality” courtesy of the State. Drugs are not the problem. Government is.

  • SUGAR

  • SUGAR

  • Former drug addicts say marijuana is a gateway drug…..the only people who disagree are those wanting it legalized…..what a coincidence

    • Wow you’re retarded. I bet you believe everything the Internet and tv tell ya don’t you.

    • The ignorance is strong with this one.

    • The first two ppl couldn’t have said it better

    • All pot users or just the ones reported on CNN and FoxNews?

  • Former drug addicts say marijuana is a gateway drug…..the only people who disagree are those wanting it legalized…..what a coincidence

    • Wow you’re retarded. I bet you believe everything the Internet and tv tell ya don’t you.

    • The ignorance is strong with this one.

    • The first two ppl couldn’t have said it better

    • All pot users or just the ones reported on CNN and FoxNews?

  • I think the real “gateway” is a person’s attitude toward life. If a person is apt to try tobacco, alcohol, pot, etc. they are first and foremost willing to take a risk and engage in a known risky behavior. That is not to say taking a risk is bad on its face. Life is risky. You would never grow or experience anything without risk. I’m not trying to say anything other than I believe the real core of the drug use “issue” is not any one substance or item but is simply within each individual. Some people just have an addictive personality and will latch onto anything, drugs, alcohol, religion, sex, etc. that they fell helps them cope with life.

  • I think the real “gateway” is a person’s attitude toward life. If a person is apt to try tobacco, alcohol, pot, etc. they are first and foremost willing to take a risk and engage in a known risky behavior. That is not to say taking a risk is bad on its face. Life is risky. You would never grow or experience anything without risk. I’m not trying to say anything other than I believe the real core of the drug use “issue” is not any one substance or item but is simply within each individual. Some people just have an addictive personality and will latch onto anything, drugs, alcohol, religion, sex, etc. that they fell helps them cope with life.

  • So painfully obvious.. I did a Statistical project on this back in highschool and polled my entire grade and then some.. I forget the exact numbers… but 90%+ of people who smoked pot had tried cigarettes first.

    Cigarettes and Alcohol are definitely the initiators.

  • So painfully obvious.. I did a Statistical project on this back in highschool and polled my entire grade and then some.. I forget the exact numbers… but 90%+ of people who smoked pot had tried cigarettes first.

    Cigarettes and Alcohol are definitely the initiators.

  • Alcohol opens doors to cigarettes then so on ‘;p

  • Alcohol opens doors to cigarettes then so on ‘;p

  • G. Matthew Hammond

  • G. Matthew Hammond

  • thank you.

  • thank you.

  • they did 😉

  • they did 😉

  • I disagree. You are close though. Sugar is the gateway drug. Look at all the 5 year olds addicted to soft drinks. It is also a building blockin all alcohol.

    • I soooo agree! Sugar is more addictive than cocaine according to rat experiments

  • I disagree. You are close though. Sugar is the gateway drug. Look at all the 5 year olds addicted to soft drinks. It is also a building blockin all alcohol.

    • I soooo agree! Sugar is more addictive than cocaine according to rat experiments

  • I can agree fully that sugar is the worst drug around..hell my brother is 100% a vegan(except very expensive chicken and/or fish once a month) ,has Celiac’s disease, barely eats anything but fruit,veggies,nuts…yet he cannot quit sugar. He’s tried multiple times to actually quit eating sugar and its nearly impossible,although he did cut it down a lot.

  • I can agree fully that sugar is the worst drug around..hell my brother is 100% a vegan(except very expensive chicken and/or fish once a month) ,has Celiac’s disease, barely eats anything but fruit,veggies,nuts…yet he cannot quit sugar. He’s tried multiple times to actually quit eating sugar and its nearly impossible,although he did cut it down a lot.

  • Bollox it’s alcohol

  • Bollox it’s alcohol

  • Spray paint was my gateway drug.

  • Spray paint was my gateway drug.

  • the real gateway drugs are the drugs that doctors prescribe, most people abuse them and sell them.

  • the real gateway drugs are the drugs that doctors prescribe, most people abuse them and sell them.

  • Bad friends ate the real Gateway drug

  • Bad friends ate the real Gateway drug

  • The only substance to the statement that weed is a gateway drug is that those who sell it on the black market also may sell other illegal drugs as well. Therefore by legalizing it substantially limits black market dealers which lessens the exposure consumers might have to the really bad drugs out there.

  • The only substance to the statement that weed is a gateway drug is that those who sell it on the black market also may sell other illegal drugs as well. Therefore by legalizing it substantially limits black market dealers which lessens the exposure consumers might have to the really bad drugs out there.

  • … is it glue?

  • … is it glue?

  • Life opens the door to life. No more and no less. The rest is up to us.