Magazine article Parks & Recreation

There's No Such Thing as Recreational Drugs

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

There's No Such Thing as Recreational Drugs

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I recently received a letter from Ms. Nina Roberts, a longtime member of NRPA and a Research Associate at the Student Conservation Association. She was sharing with me her disappointment in a recent TIME magazine article (January 15, 2001) entitled "Recreational Pharmaceuticals." The article used on more than one occasion the term "recreational drug use," a term that is the complete antithesis to what recreation is all about. She encouraged me to lead a charge to have magazines such as TIME stop using this phraseology and to have the pharmaceutical industry realize the error in this terminology.

I could not agree more.

The root of the word recreation is to re-create, to reenergize, and recharge the zest for life. There is no such thing as recreational drug use! Taking drugs for "partying" purposes or for "escapism" has nothing to do with recreation. While there are certainly legitimate usages of pharmaceuticals for people that need them as prescribed by medical professionals, this usage is therapeutic in nature, not recreational.

It is sad to see so many kids and young adults today become victims of drugs taken to "get high" or as I see it, to escape from real life. I'm not only referring to drugs such as Ecstasy, the "choice" drug of teens today, but taking real pharmaceuticals intended for medical purposes, and abusing them. I say the word victim but this is an instance where one is a victim by choice. And it is a poor choice.

Parks and recreation offers so many benefits to people of all ages, but we are especially cognizant of kids and young adults. …

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