- Frida Hindsberg, high-school student
- Mimmi Malik, school social worker
- Robban Nilsson, youth social worker
- Selma af Schultén, high-school student
under the surtitle of ”Knark”, or ’Drugs’
The debate springs from the fact that the main island and scattered archipelago of demilitarised Åland has seen a surge in drugs and drug-related social ills in the recent months and years. The police and health authorities are faced up with the problem in an idyllic small archipelago. The scapegoat is allegedly the proximity to Sweden. The culture of Åland (affinities, customs, language) is by nature Swedish-oriented, so its drug culture seems to import its influences and maybe even substances from its Western cousin. Of course, the situation has been the same for a long time, so it’s not clear why the subsituation should have changed lately.
Opinions of Others
Grownups Malik and Nilsson and teenagers Hindsberg and af Schultén wage a civilised and indirect dialogue about drugs on the mainland, since the former seem to tread carefully about the subject out of vocational cautiousness, while the latter speak carefully due to a young age and scant experience. In consequence, the discussion never really takes off on a meaningful trajectory. Ms. Hindsberg as one is defending cannabis to some extent as a potential substitute for ethanol in the future.
Youth have always been interested in the Unholy Trinity of Drugs, Sex and Rock n’ Roll that all may bring out some unwanted side effects and damage, such as psychoses (drugs), STDs (sex) or tinnitus (Rock n’ Roll). The abuse of drugs is a taboo topic, but in reality one may think that even the squarest adults youth know may have experienced druglike epiphanies, premedicated before an operation on a legal high of a substance that may be sold on the streets illegally. So, even the squarest adults may know something about druggy drugs.
Drugs could be summed up to young people so that they cause tragedies easily, for they are typically used by short-spanned people who turn out even less focussed that way; by impoverished people who turn out even more impoverished that way; and by friendless people, who turn out even lonelier that way. It should be emphasised about drugs that they affect the central nervous system in a paralysing way that changes the neural pathways of its structure. Drugs always come with some sort of price to pay, the over- and under-the-counter price. One could compare it with the side effects that are listed in the packages of ordinary prescription drugs at a pharmacy. In addition to psychoses, drugs may cause constipation, sweats, double images, blurred vision, headaches, migraines, insomnia and countless other things, whose best authority would be the end user.
When one is under the influence, no adult — whether it’s a neighbour, official, friend, parent or relative — can be asked to bring oneself back from a high and hallucinations. Only one’s own central nervous system and its stamina can do that. For all that, the comedown off most drugs happens between 4 and 14 hours.
I cannot really identify with anyone in the debate, so I would regard myself as speaking merely for myself, were I in the debate. As my pair, I’d enlist a former adult end user, possibly an artist, who could honestly tell about the pros and cons, advantages and drawbacks to drugs, with an emphasis on the latter.
This is how I’d seat myself around the now invisible round table.