My favorite comment by a reader:
"Smart kids are more likely to "experiment" with drugs... dumb kids use them."
This is nothing new. I remember hearing this same statistic maybe 20 years ago. I always thought of it when I started in on harder stuff and it comforted me. There was one point though when some of my friends whom I don't consider users started 'booty bumping'. Sticking drugs up your ass for a more potent high is dumb. Dumb and gross.
College really opened my eyes to this. I remember being so surprised by which of my dorm-mates partook in "extra curricular activities". Most of the people in high school who I knew did drugs were less experimenters, and more users. I suppose that is more indicative of the change in friends from high school to college for me than anything.
I grew up in MI and went to school at the University of Montana. Despite the distance and relative obscurity, there was a large contingent of kids from my graduating class that went there. One of these kids was a fantastic student in High School named... we'll say "Charles". Charles got to school and did well while in the dorms but once we were out, he got really heavily in to cocaine. Eventually, he realized how much money he could make selling it. I remember going on spring break with Charles and when we were getting off of the plane, he was sweating so much he looked like he had just gotten out of a pool. Turned out he brought more drugs than you could imagine: Coke, Molly, XTC, Pot, Mushrooms etc. -Crazy dude.