Amanda Knox and Cocaine
Cocaine is a white powder that consumes the user and often kills. No wonder it is one of the most dangerous drugs on the planet. This drug affects the brain by stimulating key receptors which stimulate a sense of euphoria. For a quick ‘fix’, the drug is inhaled as smoke or vapour and it enters the brain without delay. The hidden threat is that the user requires more and more of this destructive chemical to “feel the groove”, which inevitably leads the user down the path to addiction. As the ‘caviar’ of drugs, this addiction will drain your bank account and when that is as dry as the Sahara Desert, it will force the user to commit theft, even murder to keep on keeping on.
In the state of euphoria, the user feels an increasing sense of energy and alertness, an extremely elevated mood and a feeling of (this is important as it relates to Knox) supremacy. Along with the high can come hallucinations, delusions, violence, as well as suicidal and homicidal thinking along with irritability, paranoia, restlessness and anxiety. Need I say more? Yes, I will. Cocaine mixed with alcohol becomes a particularly dangerous mix. This combination can lead to impulsive decision-making and antagonistic behaviour. So, all in all, we have a very volatile concoction.
Marijuana induces paranoia (which Knox said was as “common around the house as pasta”. Hashish (which Sollecito admits to using) induces paranoia, hallucinations, feelings of being scared. Sollecito was a hard core drug user. This was well known. His father apparently despaired of him. I feel compelled to add one thing. Sollecito’s ridiculous ‘media study’. Go smoke another joint because, clearly, the drugs have made you quite delusional. Another long term effect.
Prosecutor Mignini claims the crime was committed under the fumes of drugs and alcohol. I believe him. Why? I, personally, I have seen a young woman, when I was living in Spain, fire from 0 to 60 in seconds under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Sober, she was delightful. Drunk and high, I feared for my life. I had to leave the apartment I rented from her quickly, foregoing my rent, because I feared for my life. I hid in a friend’s apartment in the same building only to have this waste-of-space banging on my friend’s door at 6am looking for me. This woman destroyed her home, called her mother in law the c word, and raged at me before chasing me all over Mallorca for 30.00 euros, claiming I had broken her washing machine (it was already broken) because she was desperate for money to feed her addiction, the hungry piranha lapping at her heels. Jekyll and Hyde was no longer a character from an old black and white movie.
Living with roommates is not advisable, ever. For anyone. You never know what you are getting. Worst case scenario, another Knox. Never, ever confront people high on drugs and alcohol. You might be signing your death warrant. Poor Meredith did not know who or what she was dealing with. But then, do any of us, ever? We never ever expect our roommate, our boyfriend, our friend to turn on us in such a violent way. They wouldn’t if they weren’t high. High on drugs takes the element of humanity, responsibility, caring, and knowing what the hell one is doing, out of the equation. Far out.
Drugs WILL make you crazy.