Nightclubs’ Role In Our Drug Problem
The extermination of illegal drugs has always been one of our most
important, worldwide issues. Ending the existence of drugs is one of the
toughest and most complicated goals we face. Despite our constant battle
against them, illegal substances continue to exist and thrive in our culture.
attempts. Obviously a strong desire to use drugs exists, and it is the
prevention of this desire that we need to focus on in order to wipe out drugs
from our lives.
In fact, our focus is strongly on punishing drug users, yet
solution. Drugs are still produced and distributed everywhere, and are taken by
many. — despite
illegal substances, pinpointing one specific group to ?bust? is not effective.
Recently, we have tried to track the location of drug use. We find places where
drugs tend to be, and seek to close them down as an effort to decrease the
overall use of drugs.
change people’s craving for drugs. Reasons leading up to drug use still exist.
move. Reprimanding committed crimes does not eliminate the reason they were
committed. Addressing drug offenses after they have been made is not an
effective deterrent because the desire for the drug’s effect still remains.
potential benefits of drugs overwhelm us, and turn our focus away from the
potential dangers and consequences. People will go to extreme lengths to be the
drug high is worth the risk — which we conceive to be very small — of being
small percentage of all drug crimes do get caught, so our fear of the law is
minimal. Therefore, we continue to use drugs, and are rarely deterred by the
infrequent actions taken to stop what we so badly want to achieve. In addition,
many people are willing to risk getting caught, because the benefits of drugs
outweigh the risks.
Despite our strong cultural expectations which encourage this rampant
popular technique is closing down high-drug use establishments, the most
and serve as a site of experimentation and enjoyment; in many different ways.
People are interested in all aspects of clubs, and are drawn into being a part
of them. Nightclubs are a combination of many aspects within the entertainment
keep up with the competition. Those involved in these industries compete just
as much as those who are not; generally, everyone strives to achieve what they
do not have.
Our cultural beliefs about success in these areas include the use of
drugs as a means of reaching our goals. Drugs have always been closely linked
to the entertainment industry, and regardless of their illegal status, many of
us succumb to the temptation. This is often a direct result of the pressure
and competition that our culture puts each individual through. We are not
goals, and often are willing to do whatever it takes along the path to success.
These strong values keep laws from stopping our drug use. While the
closing of a nightclub may stop us from using drugs there, it will not stop us
from using them somewhere else. Our desire to reach success and be accepted do
not die because of an these infrequent, insignificant actions. When an
establishment closes down, people can easily find another one which fulfills the
one stops eating because one restaurant closes. Needs and desires still exist -
- and are no less important because there is one less way to achieve it.
Nightclubs apply the same way. People attend to party, relax, socialize,
and be accepted. These desires are not lessened because one place of achieving
them is unavailable, they simply need to be fulfilled elsewhere. And they can
be — because drugs produce the same effects regardless of where they are
Our world is full of nightclubs and other establishments that attract
and contain high amounts of drugs. New establishments open constantly. If
one closes, the activity which would have taken place there moves elsewhere.
Recently, Manhattan’s busiest nightclub, Limelight, was closed by the police.
The weekend after its close, three other top Manhattan nightclubs recorded a
significant increase in attendants. The approximately one-thousand regulars
from Limelight dispersed throughout the other three clubs. Regardless of the
closing, the same people still went out. The same people still did drugs. The
only change was their location. Results proved that intended activity was not
stopped, it just occurred somewhere else.
The weekend Limelight closed, I spent time at each of the other three
main alternative Manhattan nightclubs. After years of attending Limelight, as
well as these other clubs, I felt knowledgeable enough to determine what the
results of Limelight’s close were. I observed change in people’s attitudes and
closing of one nightclub did not end or change the events of the night. The
other clubs were twice as packed, contained significantly more drug use, and
served as new locations for former Limelight patrons. I saw the same faces
continuing to use drugs, their determination to do this obviously unaffected by
the closed club. I also saw the negative effects of this overcrowding due to
the close of Limelight. I saw people passing out from extreme heat and fights
occurring, direct results from the massive overcrowding. Many reports of
accidents, illness, and physical problems at nightclubs are result of the
illegal drug activity. Despite Limelight’s closing, the amount of drug use
remained the same, the place where it occurred was the only thing changed.
occurs in these clubs. I have seen what draws people to them, and have observed
their actions to achieve the desired goals; whether they be social, mental,
physical, or financial/career related. From my experiences, I have learned that
nightclubs exist to help people reach these goals, but are not the only way they
can be attained. People who attend clubs to seek out drugs do so for many
different reasons, all of which still exist even if the nightclub does not.
I have seen models addicted to drugs, flocking to nightclubs to be seen
and to enjoy the euphoric effects of the music, people and attention. Yet they
have another reason for using drugs; to stay thin for their career (which
demands this look). The majority of models use drugs consistently for this
reason alone, regardless if nightclubs are a part of their lives or not.
causes this use of drugs.
sometimes hooked onto drugs by them. The lure of the physical ?high? as well as
peer pressure and the need for acceptance all contribute to their drug use.
These reasons do not exist solely within the confines of nightclubs, rather they
are present everywhere — in schools, on streets, basically anywhere children
will do anything to get it again. I know of children as young as 14 using
drugs alone, in their homes, in school — many places other than nightclubs,
because their only goal is to feel the physical ?high.? They are unaffected by
the closing of a nightclub because they are only focused on the drug, not the
surroundings. Children struggling towards adulthood, independence, and
extreme lengths (drug use)to fit in.
A lot has been written about nightclub’s role in our drug problem.
Many have described clubs as ?drug headquarters? where anyone can go to get any
drug they want. Without these sources would drugs be harder to find? Certainly,
it would not effect the amount of drugs produced. With the same quantity to
sell, dealers (formerly inside clubs) would then be on the streets, seeking out
addition to those who look for drugs, those who wouldn’t ordinarily want them
often end up trying them. They are introduced into drugs by are intrigue and
curiosity, as well as the clever coercion of dealers who have no qualms about
approaching anyone and everyone they can find. A drug addict always knows where
and how to get what they need. And as long as there is someone who wants a drug,
there is someone else there to supply it