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originally posted by: SystemResistor
The question is this - Since suicidal individuals are given pharmaceutical medications and treatment to prevent them from becoming depressed and thus terminating their lives, could illegal drugs also be having the same effect? An individual needs to get his or her "fix" to such an extent that despite their tendencies to self-harm they continue to choose to live because they are addicted to drugs to a sufficient extent that such drugs give them a reason to continue on?
This opens up a "conspiracy" that if the illegal drug trade were to be completely stomped out, we might experience a radical increase in suicides, enough to destabilise society.
For such reasons its could be possible that parts of the government ensure the continuance of or turn a blind eye to illegal drug trafficking.
A hard drug might give somebody a reason to carry on if it fills that void in their life. However, there is always a chance that dosage will increase over time, particularly if drug resistance is relevant. A long-term addict might be experienced enough to know if they are dosing unsafely, yet they accept the risks; therefore, should an overdose be fatal then it could be tantamount to suicide, as opposed to misadventure. Besides, just because somebody suffering with acute depression has access to a drug which makes their life much more tolerable, there may be triggers which may potentially cause them to have a serious breakdown, such that their drug of choice could not help with. For example, a war veteran might have never recovered from their experiences in the field, and simply watching a graphic war movie could put them on the edge. Likewise, somebody I once knew suffered from serious abuse as a child and even at 40 years old it is still fresh in their memory, insomuch that the typical SSRI does little to help them find any real purpose their life.