Youths encounter 'mindaltering' drugs early in puberty nowadays, when everything is still new, 'never it done before', and it's especially exciting when things are illegal.
"Woah, guess, I'm an outlaw now...!!
They're like kitten playing with a new paperball. That's part of the temptation.
So they usually encounter drugs way before they encounter Buddhism
, and then they have all sorts of trouble to get rid of the habit or addiction and tons of excuses and rationalisations are presented which seem to justify a further abuse.
I personally don't feel attracted to any 'mindaltering substances' anymore, since I started studying Buddhism 11 years ago.
My mind is happy, and drugs can only cause me "fog".
Of course 11 years ago my only substance was alcohol, very moderately so, but I enjoyed the way it made me laugh.
But it doesn't anymore. It causes me unpleasant body sensations and an unpleasant numbness in the mind, I lose my clarity and abilty to think,
My opinion about this however is, that all this is personal.
I don't need to care about the practice or abuse of others, -that is their thing.
It's only of tangential interest to me what others do, because there is so much to do for myself.
So if people are still stuck in drugs, I feel sorry for them, and here it also ends.
It's their thing. I can't change them, they have to feel an inner impulse to do so, and if they don't, all discussions about their abuse will cause resistance in them.
That said, I'm not going to make their problem mine.