The Guardian printed a story by an American doctor headlined, “Heroin killed my brother 38 years ago. Too many still suffer in its clutches.” You can probably imagine Dalrymple’s reaction:
It implies that in the relationship between a person and heroin, it is the heroin that is the active participant. This is entirely false: it is the person who grips the heroin, not the other way round.
The evidence that this is so is decisive. First, most heroin addicts take the drug for months before they start taking it regularly. It is inconceivable that they do not know the risks of addiction before they become addicted. They have to learn how to prepare the drug and how to inject it (most of us would have to overcome a reluctance to stick a needle in ourselves). In short, they want to be addicts, and are even determined to become so, no doubt for vague romantic reasons.
“vague and romantic reasons”…maybe some, I would say reckless self-indulgence with a bit of narcissism (“what happens to others, can’t happen to me, I can handle it”)
“heroin killed my brother” instead of “my brother killed himself by taking heroin” is another example of the demonic slants spread by those who shape opinion and values: we do not have free choice, everything is just stuff that happens to us. We are the same fools we were once in the Garden of Eden, and Satan is still strutting his stuff. One can be forgiven for believing in conspiracies.