Drugs don’t discriminate

Every Friday at 1:30 pm, Judge Taylor enters his courtroom ready to review the previous week of each of his participants enrolled in drug court.  He calls them one by one to the stand and either praises them for their progress or counsels them on their unacceptable behavior.  Those that are praised leave the stand with a candy bar, while those that are not leave the stand in handcuffs.

I was able to attend a drug court session, and it really opened my eyes.  I had a very stereotypical view of druggies prior to my experience.  I thought they all had this certain “look.”  You know, bad skin, unkempt hair, bum-like appearance.  And, yes, some of the people at court looked a little rough, but then you’ve got the people that look like they just stepped out of church– and that’s because they probably did.  Regular, every-day people suffer from substance abuse and addiction.  It’s not just the crazy guy on the street corner.  It’s your bank teller, your nurse, the mom next to you in line at the grocery store.  I think we could all have a more open mind and recognize that people we come in contact with daily are struggling and need our help.


8 Responses to “Drugs don’t discriminate”

  1. June 5, 2010 at 6:42 PM

    Drugs are so scary, and it’s scary that people get involved with them while they are so young and their bodies and brains are still developing and growing. It’s also interesting that you pointed out that people involved were not the stereotype of a drug user, drugs effect people of all races, economic and social classes. It’s super interesting that you had that opportunity.

  2. June 6, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    I went to one of these with one of my friends who was taking a class where they had to go and it really was eye opening. I seriously had no idea there were so many issues in Provo alone and that so many people who struggle with drug problems don’t even look like they would. It’s scary to think it truly is around us everywhere!!

  3. June 7, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    You wouldn’t think that drugs would be so prevalent in Utah, but they are. I visited a drug rehab for my work. They had pictures on the wall of all the addicts they had come through that ended up dying of an overdose. The entire wall was covered with pictures of people both young and old, people who looked like the mom next door. I never would have thought that it could happen here, but it is.

  4. 4 saranb
    June 8, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    It’s so true there are so many people secretly struggling with drug addictions. It’s sad that there is such a stereotype because I think it can retard addicts from coming forward and getting help.

  5. June 13, 2010 at 9:48 PM

    I’m so glad that you chose to bring attention to this fact, that anyone can be a drug addict. When we hear drug addict, so many of us go straight to imagining someone uneducated, poor, and affiliated with gangs and crime groups. It’s hard to accept sometimes that it can be the educated doctor or the church going house wife. Also, I agree with Sara, this stereotype prevents people from getting help and this must be stopped.

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