- Yar gave a 5 minute speech on the effects of using "drugs" (no doubt underwritten by Nancy Reagan) that I really didn't feel like paraphrasing it in this article, that contains a lot of useful references. I'm sure there are dozens of other examples of "narcotic drugs and related addictions" referenced in Trek, I just started with the ones that immediately struck me... Alan del Beccio 10:46, 23 February 2006 (UTC)
"Narcotic", from the Greek "narkotos", means a drug that causes either numbness or, more usually, sleep. The correct word for other drugs is "psychoactive". Except that doesn't sound all scary and technical like "narcotic" does, so American propaganda chose to use "narcotic" wrongly, to refer to all drugs that were made illegal.
Ironically the drug that best fits the word, causing numbness, stupor, and sleep, is alcohol.
Since this is Star Trek, and there's articles about "chronotons", I suppose we're going with terms as used in the programme, in preference to their actual definitions. But I wanted to take the opportunity to correct a common, and deliberately widespread, misconception.
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