Monday, June 06, 2005

Should Materials Depicting Drug Use Be Banned?

Should materials that depict people exploring drug use be banned? Do you think reading about drug use can affect someone’s decision to use drugs? Should drug education materials be banned? Should drug use ever be depicted in a positive way in books?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I do not think that materials depicting drug use should be banned. Drug use is tied into a lot of other problems that need to be addressed, mainly abuse. Some biograpical stories of drug use are helpful to recovering drug users and sometimes a deterrent for non-drug users.
Drug education materials should not be banned because people have the right to be informed consumers, no matter what the product. Drug use can be depicted in books, but there is a downside to everything and any literature that mentions drug use should also discuss addiction and withdrawl.

~nineveh_rains

Chipati said...

But there will be examples of literature that depicts drug use as something exciting and without the downside. How can we, as a society, balance the picture or do you think there is enough information out there to provide a balance? Interestingly enough, the Forbidden Library identified only two books that were challenged because they promoted drug use. Also of interest is that both are children's books with other reasons for being challenged.

James and the Giant Peach. Roald Dahl. The book contains the word "ass" and "promotes" the use of drugs (tobacco, snuff) and whiskey.

Where the Sidewalk Ends. Shel Silverstein. Challenged...because the book "suggests drug use, the occult, suicide, death, violence, disrespect for truth, disrespect for legitimate authority, rebellion against parents."