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The documentary, titled The Dark Side, follows four Australian teenagers who are caught up in a drug trade and forced to go undercover to try to expose the problem.
“I have to explain why I think we should be doing this,” said one of the teenagers, 15-year-old Adam.
“The drug world is full of bad people, and they’re all hiding behind the masks of different colours and shapes, so why don’t we all just go along with that and get caught up?”
“What we’re saying is, if you’re an Australian, you should not be able to make a decision about whether you want to do drugs or not.”
It’s just so much wrong, it’s so dangerous, you know what I mean?
I think that’s the truth.
“The documentary comes after Australia passed a law last year allowing recreational drug users to buy their own cannabis for medicinal purposes.
Under the legislation, the government has also granted exemptions for people aged under 21 who are on prescription or have a medical condition.
But the film shows that, with the new laws, Australians are being left behind.”
People have been told to get high and use it for a long time, and we’re told it’s OK,” said another teenage, 16-year, Jordan.”
So now, when we’re teenagers, it just seems like everyone is just doing it, so we’re really going to have to be really careful.
“The teenagers’ story has inspired a book called The Dark End, which has been making the rounds in Australia and abroad.
The book is about how teenagers are being made to feel ashamed of their drug use and the consequences of doing so.
It says the drug trade is thriving and many of the people involved have their own business deals.”
We’re going to be doing it as we go along, but we’ve been told that we’re going nowhere,” said a 16-month-old girl in the book.”
And the truth is, there’s going to always be people who are going to try and do it anyway, so they’re just going to do it and get into trouble.
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