I've been saying this for years, but there's little denying it now when you match up the hard data, anyone who ignores or perpetuates the false
storyline is living in cognitive dissonance or benefitting in some way they don't want the train to stop running.
what actually effective policy looks like
Bottom line is that these drugs are a huge part of our lives, and have been since the very earliest civilizations. Before civilization even. They
aren't going anywhere
. So the best we can do is address it as it is, a minor inconvenience if handled correctly,
like how Portugal handles it for
Back when "patent medicine" was big, which were sold in tincture bottles and basically an old tyme version of your local pharmacy, you'd find heroin
or derivatives of it in nearly every bottle, to treat all kinds of ailments. ...Along with the famous coca-plant derivative. Addictions were seen as
nothing more than nuisance effects, similar to being addicted to coffee or cigarettes.
Some of the most important people in our history were addicts of both kinds, or numerous kinds. It's part of life, part of the human condition. The
"side-effects" or negative effects, are only determined by two things: How we treat it (society - stigma, etc) and how we allow it to enter society
(e.g. forced or dishonest marketing, "pushing" etc, brings many negative consequences)
There is a belief that the substances themselves cause all the harm. In reality, no, it's actually prohibition or forceful consumption that can be
directly correlated to all the ill effects.
Everything you thought you
knew about "hard" drugs is wrong.
Prohibition: the social stigma (preventing relationships, understanding, compassion, etc).
Jail: destroying work opportunities, taking away savings, equity - asset seizures, banned from hire, jobs, careers, etc.
Stigma: hate, a level of hate felt across all levels of society, which prevents people from normal liberties, manifesting into physical ailments -
like a person not being able to find housing, ill effects of homelessness. Not being able to afford anything after exposure to high prices of the
illegal market - poor diet, poor health, poor hygiene, etc.
These things are all manifestations of prohibition and the treatment of the drugs or the user, rather than effects of the substance itself.
Another example would be the Opium Wars, where England purposely flooded China with Opium. The amounts are absurd. So again, an unnatural supply or
pressure for people to consume, can have just as much negative fallout as "preventing" it's trade. What should
be employed, is a natural trade
& consumption. Where users are encouraged to use in moderation, social stigmas can remain, but no limits on the user (only on the
business/marketing/large scale trade, to prevent corporations from marketing it unethically.)
Users are useless & a drain on society.
The worst thing about users in this day and age, is that they buy into the propaganda we are inundated with. If we believe the use of (xyz) will make
us useless, we certainly will become useless taking (xyz). I can't believe the number of biased ignorants, addicted to opioids by doctors, while
spewing vitriolic hate towards recreational or college era users (of the same types of thing they are taking, unaware).
The father of modern surgery, was an opiate addict for most of his life. If born today, probably would be locked up, instead of helping revolutionize
Dr. William Stewart Halsted (1852-1922), one of the greatest of American surgeons. Halsted, the scion of a distinguished New York family,
and captain of the Yale football team, entered the practice of medicine in New York in the 1870s and soon became one of the promising young surgeons
of the city.
Halsted was a morphine addict at the age of thirty-four, when Welch invited him in 1886 to join the distinguished group then laying the
foundations for what was soon to become the country's most distinguished medical school. Welch knew, of course, of Halsted's addiction, and therefore
gave him only a minor appointment at first. Halsted, however, did so brilliantly that he was soon made chief of surgery and thus joined Osler, Welch,
and Billings as one of the Hopkins "Big Four.".
Halsted's skill and ingenuity as a surgeon during his years of addiction to morphine earned him national and international renown. For Lister's
concept of antisepsis--- measures to kill germs in operation wounds Halsted substituted asepsis: measures to keep germs out of the wound in the first
Now, let's fast forward 100+ years.
We now have "BANNED" ...everything. Except its not really is it? The Pharma companies are selling the exact same drugs, in many times, much stronger
versions, analogues with stronger interactions, harder to break-addiction, more potency, less natural, etc, etc, etc. the exact same stuff
only difference often only seen in a name or perception.
So regular trade of these substances, remedies, drugs, whatever you wish to call them, is totally outlawed. Police enforce these regulations, the
"Law" or the judicial branch sequesters the "trouble makers" from the population, (jail) and everyone takes their cuts along the way. The enforcement
wing (police) take the profits from the so-called "criminals", and in effect are PROFITING from the illegal trade
When I was just a young guy, in my teens, I noticed the hypocrisy and irony of the system. If they were really about what the 'official line' says
they are, no money, no benefit, no nothing should every be taken from the..."criminals", because once you start seizing funds from "criminals" who are
operating a supply chain, you are now benefitting directly from the trade. So in effect, the government has a large hand in perpetuating the criminal
enterprise. Increase policing = increase cots = increase demands.
That's not even including all the public funds that are given along the way to administer the fallout. Don't forget the "drugs cause violence" myth.
What happens when you rob a contractor of thousands to millions of dollars? The government pretends "it's ill-gotten gains so those people have no
right to it ---just ignore us while we take it & spend!"
-also ignore every time they take money from someone, or a commodity, it creates a
. Can the debtor go to court & file civil proceedings? NO. So = Violence.
That is the drug war in a nutshell. The only ones laughing all the way to the bank are Pharma/Police/Courts-Judges-Lawyers/Pharma, everyone else are
edit on 18-9-2016 by boncho because: (no reason given)