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A deeply-embedded puritan ethic seems to affect the response to drugs in Western societies. To use a drug for pleasure is taboo, yet to use a drug to relieve pain is acceptable. In reality there is no
sharp distinction: if someone is 'suffering from depression' and a drug makes him feel happy, it is regarded as a medicine and meets with approval. But if that person is regarded as normal and takes a
drug that makes him happy, he is indulging in something quite unacceptable. Except, of course, if the drug happens to be nicotine, caffeine, or alcohol.
Are you going to hit that thing, or what?
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