Sunday, March 16, 2014

To Use or Not To Use... That is the Question!

Fabian Nacer: Drug Use and Abuse... So What About It?

Oi Grade 10,

I wonder, what forces tug at an individual's decision to either use or not to use drugs? 

Do you agree that within our community, both within Graded and beyond, that substance use and abuse is present, but not openly discussed?  

This week in PE, we will have the opportunity to participate in an intimate discussion with Fabian Nacer, a former drug user who grew up in a middle class family from Moema.


Consider the thinking routine, Tug of Warto prepare yourself for our discussion with Fabian... 

Follow the steps below to reason carefully about the pull of various factors relevant to substance use. You may write down your thoughts to help organize your thinking.
  • Identify the factors that pull at each side of substance use 
  • Think of tugs, or reasons why you support a certain side (think of reasons on the other side as well)
  • Based on the above two steps, generate questions to explore this topic further during our discussion with Fabian Nacer

Before our discussion
  • Share two questions in the comment section of this post - base your questions on the information presented by Fabian, as well as your answers to the thinking routine
  • Use this opportunity to explore any concern, perspective or misconception regarding substance use - your questions will be shared with Fabian prior to his visit (please write your questions both in English and in Portuguese)

After our discussion 
  • Go back to your comment and reply by adding one insight, learning or new perspective that struck you the most, in addition to one question that promotes new inquiry into the topic of substance use

Let's make our thinking visible...

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76 comments:

  1. 1) What are some actions that the government should take to decrease the price of drug treatment facilities and/or medicine? (For instance, having drug addicts to work at city level or district level constructions and getting medicine as compensation)
    2) What are current government actions/laws regarding drugs? Are they effective or not effective compared to other countries and why?
    3) What is the reason of initial exposure of drugs? How can we prevent that from happening?

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    1. 1) Quais são algumas ações que o governo precisa tomar para diminuir o preço de instalações de tratamento de drogas e / ou medicamento?
      2) Quais são as ações corrente do governo sobre drogas? Voce acha que eles são eficazes ou não eficazes em comparação com outros países e por quê?
      3) Qual é a razão de exposição inicial de drogas? Como podemos evitar isso?

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    2. Reflection:
      1) After the discussion with Fabian, I realized what drugs can cause to us: it can cause disastrous and life-changing effects such as a highly abusive drug-addiction, making people act with their intuition rather than their cognitive thinking and separation with acquaintances, families and friends

      Additional Question: Why do grugs exist? What can we do to eradicate them completely?

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    3. Hello Kevin!
      1 - Acredito que a mais importante ação no Brasil seria proibir a propaganda da cerveja na TV e tornar os acidentes de trabalho e de trânsito em crime. Como é nos EUA.
      O Brasil fez isto com o cigarro e 15 milhões de pessoas deixaram de fumar ou não começaram a fumar nos últimos 10 anos.
      Se menos jovens beberem, menos drogas irão usar.
      Menos pessoas para tratar, melhor tratamento podemos oferecer.

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    4. 2 - Vários países estão sendo analisados com relação ao combate do tráfico e do consumo de drogas.
      E parece que os especialistas estão um pouco perdidos com os dados que estamos encontrando.
      Por volta de 70% das prisões de países como Brasil, EUA, e muitos países da Europa estão cheias de criminosos presos por crimes relacionados a drogas e sem violência.
      Quanto mais pessoas são presas por estarem envolvidas com drogas de alguma forma, mais aumenta o consumo de drogas.
      Ou seja prender traficantes e usuários não diminui o interesse de mais pessoas experimentarem ou de traficarem.
      Este é um dado que está deixando o governo de vários países sem saber o que fazer.
      Sabemos que liberar as drogas pode provocar problemas mais graves. Mas também gastar milhões com pessoas presas não está resolvendo.
      Lembrando que estou falando de crimes de drogas sem violência.

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    5. 3 - A curiosidade, a falta de informação, e a contaminação dos valores dos jovens por hábitos não saudáveis são os motivos que expõe os jovens às drogas.
      O proibido, o imprevisível, a aventura, o inédito, o bizarro têm sido sistematicamente promovido pela mídia seduzindo jovens a se lançarem no desconhecido.

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    6. Why do grugs exist? What can we do to eradicate them completely?

      As drogas somente existem porque pessoas querem.
      Enquanto houver quem queira comprar (qualquer coisa) sempre vai existir quem esteja disposto a produzir e a vender.
      Somente resolvemos o problema fazendo com que as pessoas não tenham interesse nas drogas e nunca conseguiremos terminar com o tráfico enquanto houver novas pessoas querendo experimentar.

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    7. TOMORROW I WILL BE BACK WITH MORE COMMENTS.

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  2. I think that within Graded and beyond, drug usage is widely known and abused by many people. Especially, I believe that students are taking these drugs since they don't know what the consequences are and only feel the pleasure from it which makes them use it or the stress they get from all the work. Not only that but peer pressure can cause others to take it. However, this is not openly discussed since people don't want to get caught or even if someone knows who is taking it, they don't tell it because either it's their friend or because they don't want to get in trouble. So I believe that this is happening but nothing is getting done about it.

    1. Can drugs be ever stopped from being produced?
    2. How do the people get the drugs? Where? Who? When? What? WHY?

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    1. 1 - Não. Enquanto houver quem queira comprar drogas, sempre vai haver quem queira produzir e vender.
      O único caminho é se os jovens não se interessem em comprar drogas.
      O primeiro passo seria promover festas sem álcool.
      Vocês utilizam muito a palavra drogas. Estão cientes de que a droga-mãe é o álcool?
      2 - As primeiras vezes que um jovem consegue as drogas é através de um amigo. Pode ser da escola, do seu condomínio, ou de amigos de grupos que convive. Com o tempo ele vai avançando e usando mais. Aí ele mesmo aprende a comprar diretamente do traficante. E assim cria coragem para entrar dentro da favela.

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  3. 1. Were there any drugs that you started off with before moving on to others? Do you believe in "gateway" drugs?
    2. What is your view on certain drugs being available medicinally? How do you think your history with substance abuse affect your answer?

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    1. 1 - Eu não acredito que experimentar uma droga certamente vai levar uma pessoa a mudar para drogas mais pesadas. Pode acontecer.
      Mas, certamente o álcool é a droga que abre todas as possibilidades.
      O álcool pode te dominar, fazer você pensar diferente, criar coragem, e pode te fazer se transformar em outra pessoa.
      A porta de entrada é o álcool. Principalmente entre os 12 anos e os 17 anos.
      2 - Uma pessoa idosa que já fez cirurgias, que vive sozinha, que sente dores, deve fumar maconha. Ela vai sentir menos dores, vai comer mais, dormir melhor e se distrair mais com as coisas do dia a dia.
      Mas uso medicinal para pessoas com menos de 60 anos sem problemas de saúde não existe. A não ser para pessoas que tenha doenças graves, como câncer, aids, e outros...
      Eu sou muito ansioso. Não consigo ler. Sou impaciente. Agitado. Precisei de muitos anos para aprender a não agir impulsivamente e ainda estou aprendendo. Precisei de muitos anos para aprender a não somente fazer as minhas vontades e a não falar o que penso eo que quero para os outros sem pensar nas consequências.

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  4. 1. Do you believe that people are more likely to use drugs from peer pressure, or just by themselves?

    2. Do you think it's right that in some cases, drug users be taken to jail instead of a treatment center? What if a person committed another crime while on drugs?

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    1. After the discussion:

      1. I now understand more clearly how a drug user makes the transition from "lighter" drugs (tobacco, alcohol, marijuana) to "heavier" drugs (crack, heroin, methamphetamine). It's a long process from years of using drugs, and after Fabian shared his experience with us, I can now see this whole process much better.

      2. A question I still have is couldn't marijuana be considered a drug that is the same as tobacco and alcohol, while cocaine could be more likely to be considered a gateway drug?

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  5. 1. Do you think drug use has to do with friends or people you surround yourself with?

    2. What causes people to start using drugs?

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  6. 1. When you were young, do you believe that the power of drugs were underplayed, which led you to believe that they were harmless?

    2. Did you ever regret doing drugs while under their influence, or did you only think about it when you were not under the influence of drugs?

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    1. I think that after this discussion, I learnt that drugs leave people with no breaking point. They leave them to destroy people only because the people have been pulled under by the influence of the drugs. Drugs are something not to be taken lightly, they can really change our life for the worse, and we never know when.

      1. How have drugs changed your physical abilities such as stamina and involvement in sports?

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  7. How do you believe the government can better control drugs?

    Are you in favor or against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use?

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    1. 1. O que você acha que pode ser feito para melhorar o processo de reabilitação de uma pessoa que tem uma dependência de drogas?

      2. Qual foi a sua mentalidade como você avançou de drogas mais suaves para drogas mais pesadas? Você se cansa de os medicamentos mais suaves e precisa de mais? Você diz a si mesmo que você estava bem e só estava fazendo isso para testá-lo?

      Nick Householder

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    2. Reflection: Fabian's story really moved me. The thing that surprised me the most was how normal he seemed. You know, when you envision an ex-addict, you would normally think of a skinny, frail, parsimonious man. Fabian, however looked completely normal, he was literate, and a good speaker. His story was very interesting, it is scary to think that he started using drugs with a similar mindset as some kids at this school, "Oh, It will be fun to drink and smoke occasionally!" However, this mindset only lasts you so long until you get addicted and move onto more powerful drugs, and that is exactly what happened to Fabian. In my opinion, Fabian is lucky to be alive, some of his friends died, and it was very upsetting to hear the stories.

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  8. 1. What do you think can be done to ameliorate the process of rehabilitating a person who has a drug dependency?

    2. What was your mindset as you moved forward from softer drugs to harder drugs? Did you get tired of the softer drugs and need more? Did you tell yourself you were fine and was only doing it to try it out?

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    1. Reflection:
      Overall I found it very compelling that drugs could turn a person's life upside down like that. I realized that drugs can really affect someones not only physical but mental well being as well. One thing I found very interesting was when he spoke of how one addiction leads to the next, I find that interesting because I never knew that it could also work with drugs. Overall I was shocked to see how much drugs can change a person.

      Additional Question:
      How would you approach getting rid of drugs in Cracolândia?

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  9. 1. Do you think that Cracolândia is an example of a lack of public security and health in Brazil?

    2. Do you think that the legalization of weed in (ex) Colorado and Washington is better for public health and the economy? Do you think it is more of an incentive for harder drugs?

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    1. After the discussion I realized how much drugs can affect your personal life/mental well being. During the discussion he talked about how he transferred the compulsion developed by drugs was transferred to various other activities. The latest being food/eating. It really made me realize how drugs make you develop personality traits that can't be taken away, and how drugs can truly change you as a person.

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    2. Very true Faria. After our discussion with Fabian, what other inquiry do you have into this topic?

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  10. 1) Are you in favor or against the legalization of marijuana? Why or why not?
    2) How did you manage to finally stop using drugs? What did you have to do?

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    1. 1) Você esta a favor ou em contra a legalização da Maconha? Porque ou Porque não?
      2) Como você conseguiu finalmente parar de usar drogas? O que você teve que fazer?

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    2. Reflection: After we had the discussion/seminar with Fabian I realized how hard it can be to stop using drugs, and how he never truly recovered from it, and how he will never truly recover. I also saw how detrimental the use of drugs is.

      Additional Question: How would you come about eradicating drugs in São Paulo?

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  11. 1.) Do you think that marijuana is the gateway drug?
    2.) What do you think is a solution for situations like Cracolandia?

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    1. Reflection

      After we had the seminar with Fabian I realized how simply experimenting with one drug can lead to a road full of other drugs and problems. I learned that one does not fully recover after all those abuses as there are side effects, such as for Fabian it was hard for him to sleep. I realized how addictive a drug can be as after many years when he saw that bag of coke from his patient, he started sweating, but luckily he had the will power to overcome that.

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    2. The lessons Fabian learned were no doubt life altering. Ultimately, it is your decision to make regarding the use of drugs. Hopefully now you have the information to make an informed choice. What other inquiry do you have into this topic?

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  12. English:
    1. Does your past use of drugs still physically affect you in any way nowadays? Do you think you were lucky in how much you were affected by them? (In that it could possibly have been worse; didn't die?)

    2. Do you think the education about drugs has in any way improved from the time you used to use drugs?

    3. What is your opinion on the use of tobacco (cigarettes, etc.) by teenagers? Is it just as bad as other substances?

    4. How do you think teenagers could be dissuaded from using drugs?

    Português:
    1. O seu uso de drogas no passado ainda o afeta fisicamente de alguma maneira? Você se considera sortudo em quão você foi afetado por elas? (Que poderia ter sido pior ou até morrido?)

    2. Você acha que a educação sobre drogas melhorou desde a época em que você começou a usar?

    3. Qual é sua opinião sobre o uso de tabaco (cigarros, etc.) por adolescentes? É igual de ruim que outras substancias?

    4. Como você acha que se pode dissuadir um adolescente do uso de drogas?

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    1. A few things really struck me about the discussion was when Fabian talked about his own weak point, that even after over 10 years sober, he still avoids at all costs any contact with crack cocaine because he FEARS he might relapse. . His anecdote about one of his "students" handing him a bag of cocaine was very revealing in regards to the addictive power of drugs. still addicted. I was also very shocked by what he told us about mothers he keep their kids in a shack behind their house believing they're helping them, when in fact they are just slowly killing them.

      A question that I have is why certain drugs are more addictive to certain people than others, like what Fabian said that his coworker cannot see marijuana without wanting to smoke it but can deal with other drugs coldly, while he would succumb to crack.

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  13. I agree that substance abuse is present mostly everywhere but is rarely every discussed, and never as directly as it was during the assembly and as will be during our PE class.
    I think one of the factors that pulls at substance use is the idea that drugs are necessary in order to have fun, that it makes you cooler and enables you to enjoy life better. The other pull of substance abuse is that it is extremely unhealthy to your body as well as your mind; it can potentially ruin with relationships with people and damages your chance to a successful future. While I understand the first, and how it seems to lure teenagers, and even adults, I feel more of a “tug” towards the second pull. It’s true that a lot of times people feel they need some sort of catalyst to help them get into the mood of a party; but if you’re not having fun it means you should be doing something else, enjoying the company of friends.I don’t think people should ever even experiment with substances, as it often leads to addiction, as we heard in assembly from Fabian Nacer.

    Here are a few questions I would like to ask Fabian Nacer:

    Did you ever think of asking for help from your family to get better?
    Alguma vez pensou, durante os anos no vício, em pedir ajuda de sua família?

    What motivated you to eventually get better?
    O que o motivou a se melhorar e sair do vício?

    Do you ever miss the high of the substances?
    Algumas vezes tem saudades da maneira como as drogas o fazia sentir?

    Are you afraid of falling back into it?
    Esta com medo de voltar ao vício?

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    1. After the discussion with Fabian Nacer I've learnt that when people start doing drugs they always think they are in control, and think that they can stop whenever they want. This makes me understand why so many teenagers start doing it: because they think they can control it.
      Additional Question:
      Do you think drug abuse will get worse in the future, or is all this awareness being raised in school going to help in solving the problem?

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    2. Good question Sofia...there is only so much awareness the school can provide. Ultimately, it is your decision to make with regards to drug use. However, you now have the information to make an informed choice.

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  14. 1. Qual seria o jeito certo dos pais ajudarem os seus filhos a pararem de usar drogas? Ou você acha que os pais não tem como ajudar?
    What would be the right way to parents help their child stop using drugs? Or do you think parents can't really help much?

    2. O quê o governo poderia estar fazendo para ajudar os viciados em drogas? Ou para ajudar aqueles que estão na Cracolândia.
    What could the brazilian government be doing to help the drug addicts? Or to help the people who live in Cracolandia.

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    1. Sabrina Kim March 24, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      I did not know that Crack was such an addictive drug and after hearing Fabian's story, it came clear that alcohol is the first step to getting into the drugs.

      After the discussion, it made me ask if alcohol should be legalized only when 21 like in the US in Brazil.

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  15. 1. How long has it been since you stopped using drugs?
    Do you think you could go back to using drugs?
    (1. Quanto tempo se passou desde que você parou de usar drogas?
    Você acha que você poderia voltar a usar drogas?)

    2. Do you still drink? Do you think drinking could make former drug users go back to drugs?
    (2. Você bebe ainda? Você acha que as bebidas podem fazer ex-usuários de drogas voltar para as drogas?)

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    1. I found it interesting that he thought alcohol was worse than cigarettes, for it may lead to people making erroneous decisions that they would not make normally. He said that he did not drink because he could not be confident that he will not use drugs when he is drunk.

      I wonder if alcohol actually transforms your brain in a way that would make you more susceptible to drug usage.

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  16. 1. What truly made you stop using drugs?
    (1. O que realmente fez você para de usar drogas?)
    2. Do you still think about drugs sometimes?
    (2. Você ainda pensa em usar drogas de novo?)

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    1. I really liked listening to him talking about how much the drugs affected his life. I think people would stop doing drugs if they have some to tell them the experience like he told us his experience. It really change my opinion of drugs. I also realize that cigarets and alcohol are drugs that open up to new and worse drugs that you can have more difficulty controlling them.
      When you were under drug usage, you enjoyed you life?

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  17. 1. Do you think that you learned a valuable lesson during those years of drug use that proved valuable for the future?
    {1. Voce acredita que voce aprendeu uma lição durante os anos de uso de drogas que provo valioso por o futuro?}
    2. How did your drug use affect your family?
    {2. Como o seu uso de drogas afeto a sua família}

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  18. 1. How was your family affected by your drug dependency and abuse? How did they try to help you?
    (1. De que maneira sua dependência de drogas afetou a sua família? O que eles fizeram para tenter ajudá-lo?)

    2. Do you feel as though you are completely recovered? Do you ever crave drugs, as if you were still somehow addicted?
    (2. Mesmo hoje, após se recuperar, você sente alguma vontade ou necessidade de usar alguma droga? Você se sente completamente curado, como se o vício tivesse ido embora de vez?)

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    1. Insight:
      "A heavy drug user doesn't start as a heavy drug user" - alcohol can lead to many other drugs because when one is under the influence of alcohol, they have less or no control of their actions and decisions.

      Question:
      You still say that drinking a little occasionally is fine, however you also blame alcohol for leading you into your whole "story". How is that so?

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  19. 1. Qual você acha que é o melhor jeito para preparar os garotos e garotas para a juventude e as drogas que podem encontrar na adolescência?

    2. Em qualquer momento dos deus vicios de qualquer droga, você parou para pensar e decidir "Pronto, aqui tem que parar..."?

    Daniel Castaño

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  20. 1. Should parents be more involved in the lives of their children to protect them from drugs.
    2.What are your thoughts on medical marijuana? Is this ok?
    3. Are there any medical benefits of illegal drugs?

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  21. 1. Qual seria sua ação ao ver crianças mexendo com drogas (alcool ou cigarros)? Um simples conselho ou tomaria ações mais elevadas?

    2. Por que, quando alguem usa drogas se sente superior ou mais legal do que aqueles que não usam? As drogas mostram algum poder ou superioridade?

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    1. Before the discussion with Fabian I used to believe that most common drugs, like alcohol, cigars, and marijuana were not bad if taken responsibly. But then, I realized that these drugs open up to new and worse drugs that you can have more difficulty controlling them. After the discussion, I have changed my perspective on drugs, i started disliking them even more.

      Question: Has all these drugs helped him from getting depressed? Does depression even come to the person's mind during the drugs effect?

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  22. 1. You said that the reason you started to do drugs was to be cool within the others, but was there any other reasons? Were you having any family problem or things of the kind that also contributed to your use of drugs?

    ( Você disse que a razão de você ter começar a usar drogas foi para parecer "o melhor de todos", mas teve alguma outra razão que também contribuiu o seu uso de drogas, como problemas com a família, amigos, etc.)

    2. As the amount of liberals politicians increases in the legislative body of the country many discussions are taking places on the issue of wether legalizing certain drugs (marijuana) or not. Do you think that the short consequences of the legalization of marijuana will be worth the long consequences ? Do you think violence will decrease?

    A cada eleição que passa novos políticos de esquerda estão entrando no nosso Congresso Nacional. Como a forma liberal de pensar está crescendo no nosso governo varias discussões surgiram sobre a legalização de certas drogas, como maconha. Você acredita que as conseqüências de curto prazo (como redução de violência, tráfico) são melhores que as consequências de longo prazo?

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    1. A new perspective that struck me the most was his explanation of why we shouldn't drink alcoholic beverages until we are 18. His theory is that we shouldn't drink alcoholic beverages because when people are under alcohol influence they could do things that they wouldn't do sober, such as using drugs, and this could lead to the use of drugs in the future. I found his explanation much more efficient and with a greater impact on teenagers than just saying that is bad for our health like most people say.

      A new question that promotes new inquiry into the topic of substance use is if he had brain damage during his years as a drug user, and also if he finds it difficult to be accepted in society after he tells someone his life story.

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    2. Great question Walter...I'll be sure to share your thoughts with Fabian.

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  23. 1. Is it ever justified for a person to use harmful or addictive substances for personal recreational use?
    2. Is it possible that one person's decisions when dealing with drugs can not only effect their close family and friends, but also the whole community in which they live?
    3. Are people more likely to do drugs because of peer pressure/social life or using them as an escape from reality due to family problems etc?

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    1. Reflection:
      After listening to Fabian, I realized the severity of legal drugs such as alcohol or tobacco compared illegal drugs like marijuana or crack. Normally when thinking of drugs the first things that comes to mind are illegal drugs, however I never really considered alcohol to be a drug. When Fabian told us of his previous life experiences, it made me realize how alcohol is just as addictive and dangerous as drugs.

      Additional Question:
      Would a dramatic increase in drug or alcohol abuse within a country ever lead the government to take action in making all of these harmful substances illegal?

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  24. 1. Did you have any relapses after being treated?
    2. What is the best way to help a drugged person?
    3. Do you have a good family relationship after all the suffering you caused them?

    Rafa Wurzmann

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    1. Reflection: I realized how drugs can destroy a persons life and that anyone can become a drugged it does not matter the social class. Drugs can be easily addictive and destroy life's within months, also drugs will not only affect the consumer it will affect the ones that surround the consumer, especially friends and family. A theory that I found interesting was the prohibition of alcohol until 18 years old since under the influence of alcohol teenagers will most likely do other drugs. I thought this was a interesting/valid theory and believe many should follow it.

      Further Inquiry: Would you consider yourself a happy person now a days, after all the mistakes done at the past? What should schools do to help the prevention of drug use?

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  25. 1. What did you learn about yourself from using drugs? O quê voce percebe você aprendeu sobre se mesmo por usar drogas?

    2. Do you feel there's an unfair stigma behind drug usage? Você senti que têm um estigma injusto atrás do uso de drogas?

    3. When do you think people are most vulnerable to drug experiences? Is there even a specific period of such? Quando você senti as pessoas são mais vulneráveis a usar drogas? Têm um momento específico?

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    1. Reflection: I realized that although drug use is becoming increasingly popular and accepted, it's still important to maintain awareness of self and others when dealing with narcotics as many of them are not only personal choices for recreational purposes, but are also life-altering or even fatal for non-users.

      Further Inquiry: How can society control the effects of drugs on non-users? Is that even possible? Have there been effective past initiatives focusing on affected third-parties who do not use drugs themselves?

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  26. 1. What are your suggestion dealing with curiosity of an individual about drugs? Do you think one of our natural instinct, curiosity of something you do not know about can be prevented in any ways?
    (O que a sua sugestão lidando com a curiosidade de um indivíduo sobre as drogas? Você acha um de nosso instinto natural, a curiosidade de algo que você não sabe pode ser evitado em todas as situação?)

    2. When it comes to drug addiction who do you think is it to blame? Is it individual's decision making or is it the society that makes individual make such decisions.
    (Quando vem a vício de drogas, quem você acha que é a culpa? É decisão do indivíduo ou é a sociedade que toma decisões individuais.?)

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    1. After hearing his experience about the abusive use of drugs, I realized and reminded myself again that using drug is not hurting other but just hurting myself. When Fabian said drug usage is personal choice when I asked a question, It reminded me again to not to make such decisions. Also, even when I am using it I must be aware at the fact Fabian told us that I myself do not know the limit.

      A new question adds up to the discussion is about the existence of the drug. Why is drug necessary in the first place if any other than medicinal use if it is only harm to our humanity?

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  27. Do you think it is contradicting that a drug so dangerous as alcohol is legal while marijuana isn't?
    What is your view on legalization of narcotics?

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    1. Hi Alan, as you were present for our class discussion with Fabian, what is one insight, learning or perspective that you can share? Based on Fabian's experience, what would be a further inquiry into the social/emotional aspect of substance use?

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    2. After Fabian's talk I realised how real and alive drug abuse happens around me and in our school. Fabian went through horrible experiences but when he started out he did a lot of the things people in my grade and high school as a whole do weekly. This worries me and shows how possible it is for Fabian's life to repeat itself with people I know. This is why I think we really have to address the white elephant in the room in our school.

      Alan

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  28. Reflection:
    I think that his story was very powerful but I think that some people might think that they can get out of a really heavy addiction as he did. I realized the power drugs really have. We have had other people speak about drugs but I think this one is the only one that has really gotten to me.

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    1. Hi Sofia, what made Fabian's story so compelling? Could you give a specific example? What other inquiry do you have into this topic after Fabian's discussion with our class?

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  29. Questions:
    1. How successful is your work in helping parents who have their children addicted to drugs?
    2. After all you experienced, why do you think you started using drugs? Did you realize the point you became addicted?

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    1. Reflection: After watching Fabian's video from this blog (since I missed the his visit), one thing that struck me the most was about how there needs to be more resources to help people in these situations. With people like Fabian, trying to help, there needs to be funds in order to assist them in helping the people. I was also shocked by the number of times he went to a rehabilitation clinic, which shows how hard it is to stop the addiction.

      Additional Question: How did you actually finally stop using drugs? After so many years being a dependent, what was the final step to get out of the addiction?

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    2. Thanks Pedro for your response. Fabian Nacer will be back to speak to the Grade 9's. I would love for him to answer the questions that have been posted! I

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  30. Questions:
    1. When you go to schools, do you see students who act like `'they can handle it" and like what you are saying is not relevant to their situation?
    2. Do you think there is a way to safely experiment with drugs?

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    1. After reading through Fabian's website and watching the video, I think that what most surprised me was his upbringing. It wasn't at all like what the stereotypical drug user's upbringing is, which, although it is a generalization, I believed it was true. Fabian went to school, had a family who was there for him, and lived in a middle class neighborhood. This also made me more aware of the fact that there are drugs and the opportunities to abuse drugs not that distant to me, which makes this an even more relevant topic for us to have discussed this year.

      Additional question: If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone who is addicted to drugs what would it be?

      Daniella Kandelman

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    2. After reading through Fabian's website and watching the video, I think that what most surprised me was his upbringing. It wasn't at all like what the stereotypical drug user's upbringing is, which, although it is a generalization, I believed it was true. Fabian went to school, had a family who was there for him, and lived in a middle class neighborhood. This also made me more aware of the fact that there are drugs and the opportunities to abuse drugs not that distant to me, which makes this an even more relevant topic for us to have discussed this year.

      Additional question: If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone who is addicted to drugs what would it be?

      Daniella Kandelman

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    3. After reading through Fabian's website and watching the video, I think that what most surprised me was his upbringing. It wasn't at all like what the stereotypical drug user's upbringing is, which, although it is a generalization, I believed it was true. Fabian went to school, had a family who was there for him, and lived in a middle class neighborhood. This also made me more aware of the fact that there are drugs and the opportunities to abuse drugs not that distant to me, which makes this an even more relevant topic for us to have discussed this year.

      Additional question: If there was one piece of advice you could give to someone who is addicted to drugs what would it be?

      Daniella Kandelman

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  31. Questions:
    1. Do you think that you had any physical or mental consequence after so much drug use?
    2. How did all this experience affect your relationship with your family?

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    1. Reflection: After watching Fabian's speech, I realized how much friends can influence you into making harmful decisions. I realized that the decisions he made were based on the decisions his friends made, and that you have to have your own boundaries and resist to peer pressure. One question I had was what does he believe that made his survive all of this?

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  32. What was the drug that you used that mostly affected you?
    Did you use any drugs in any other country?

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    1. Reflection: After talking to Fabian, I was shocked because he used cocain out of Brazil in the United States, which is breaking the law in a country you don't live, which could cause serious trouble for him and could also make him be deported from the United States of America or go to jail there. I also was shocked with the story of him seeing his son for the first time when he was asking for money on the streets after using crack and having a weight of about 60 kg. I liked a lot the discussions and it made me understand how drugs really impact your life. One question i still have is what was the turning event in his life that made him want to stop using drugs?

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