The main question we must all ask ourselves is do we look after our own bodies? Do we exercise or eat healthily? Do we drink too much or abuse our own skin? Forget religious beliefs for a second, and remember that taking drugs is illegal and can damage the live of the taker and the lives of those closest to them.
I have a friend who was a great poet and free-style rapper. He was a really gentle soul and always smiling. Met him at uni here in Aberystwyth and lived together in student accommodation. I knew he had a cheeky dabble occasionally with drugs, but one night he messed with the wrong crowd and took something which completely messed him up. To see him transform from a happy-go-lucky guy to one of complete paranoia. I heard him crying one night and went in to see if he was alright, but as soon as I entered he got more hysterical and shouted “Pawb yn Gwybod!” meaning everyone knows. He then went missing for a long while. God bless the people who we lived with who helped looking for him. Eventually we found him and that night he had to stay in my room so that he felt comfortable and if something did happen in the night then I could be there to calm him down. The next day his mother came and collected him and he subsequently dropped out of uni. From having such a great time and lifestyle to it all being taken away in an instant because of drugs. We all have stories that scare and disturb people from not doing things, but unless you’ve been in that position then you’ll never know. But it is up to us to listen to the horrors and not take drugs. Remember what our teachers and parents taught, “Just Say NO!”
The Catholic Churches teachings on drugs, from the Catechism, states “We must take reasonable care of our own physical health and that of others but avoid the cult of the body and every kind of excess. Also to be avoided are the use of drugs which cause very serious damage to human health and life” (Catechism Compendium P141) Here it states that we must first of all look after our bodies for otherwise we would not be alive. Its common sense. Secondly it adds that drugs are harmful to ourselves and our lives. The YouCat explains more “Using drugs is a sin because it is an act of self-destruction and thus an offense against the life that God has given us out of Love. (YouCat P 213) From this we remember 1 Corinthians 6:19 “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own.” The one thing I add to this is that we should remember the words that Jesus taught us “You should love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:39) I cant imagine my friend would wish the way he has been on anyone.
Fr Stephen Wang puts it another way, “Some people believe that it is OK to use illegal ‘recreational’ drugs in moderation. But for Catholics it is wrong to use illegal drugs simply because they are illegal that is the Catholic understanding of how we should respect and obey the just laws of our country.” (A Way of life for young Catholics P58-59) The other thing to consider with drugs is that they can become an addiction and that is also bad. To be addicted means to be wholly dependent on it. This is bad when thinking about how we should not be dependent on earthly things because all we need to do is to ask our father in heaven who always gives to those who ask.
To Conclude, I bring up the recent death of a student in Aberystywth who has died due to taking MDMA. Overdosing on drugs is dangerous and taking stuff that you do not know what it is can be deadly. It’s a sad thing to hear but that is the effect of drugs in the society. I Pray that peoples understanding of Drugs through society, by what the Church teaches and by listening to those who have been affected that people will stop doing drugs and focus not on earthly things but those in heaven.