Man, what a response!! I'm glad to see such diverse opinions! I never imagined that I would see so many facts and figures and personal experiences.
In my defense, however, I too agree that Dateline is "fluff" or "shock" journalism. I didn't mean to insinuate that it wasn't. I take what they report with a grain of salt.
Having said that, I still contend that these drugs are extremely dangerous. Yeah, yeah, I've read the statistics, too. "Only this many deaths per thousand." Maybe these stats should say "senseless deaths." Hey I'll be the first to admit that I'm no expert on the subject, and I certainly don't have my own "been there, done that" stories. I have known people in high school and college and whom I have worked with who do have these stories. Many of them have cleaned up their act, some have not. I certainly do not judge them soley because of this. That would be ludicrous. They are all very nice people, I just despise their habit. Fortunately, none of these people have died. But, there's always the chance of an overdose, right??
I apologize to all the young folks out there (young?? hell, I'm only 25!!) when I said that they don't have ANY responsibilities. Thinking a little more about it, I had a job when I was 15 and have had one ever since. So I guess I had SOME responsibilities. And the statement that they don't have anything to be depressed about was perhaps a little overboard. Yes, it's true, I can from a fairly stable family (mom, dad, 4 brothers), so I didn't have anything to be all crazy about. But I know many people whose families put the "funk" in dysfunctional! So while I can't totally relate with this, I do know where you are coming from. I've seen it first hand. This doesn't mean that doing drugs is the way to solve your problems. Yeah, I can agree that some just want to experience the rush. See what it feels like. I don't agree that this is a good way about getting a rush. There are other things out there for this.
But OK I will agree with most of the posts, "to each, his own." Just be careful out there, OK? Don't do this **** and go driving, you might mess up your nice scooby!