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Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
Originally posted by clearwater
If the disease of addiction was not criminalized it would not be an ongoing struggle for sufferers of chronic pain to get enough drugs to treat their problem.
Addiction is not criminalized. It is the possession and distribution of illegal substances or the illegal possession or distribution of controlled substances that is illegal.
Contrary to the "conventional wisdom" of a few decades ago, for those who take narcotic pain killers appropriately, addiction to those substances is rare, but regardless of how one becomes addicted, treatment options are available.
Patients may find that they develop tolerance to opioid pain medications and may need to have their doses increased in order to be effective. Tolerance has not been shown to lead to drug addiction in patients who take opioid drugs for medical reasons. Physical dependence on opioid pain medications does not seem to occur in cancer patients. Once the pain disappears (usually through the effective treatment of cancer), these patients can discontinue the pain medicine without difficulty.
Ultimately, the responsibility does not lie with the pharmaceutical companies, but rather with the addicted. Help is available.
[edit on 2007/1/16 by GradyPhilpott]
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
Yeah, good point BH. You are physically endowed the inherent right at birth to put your sexual organs where you want to.
Originally posted by djohnsto77
The title is misleading -- the legal finding has nothing to do with adultry and everything to do with sex as a part of another crime, in this case illegal trade of a controlled substance (OxyContin).
I know some people in this thread have gotten that, but it appears others have not.
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
And even in the case that some posters are not considering the fact that this has to be in conjunction with the commission of any other felony, why should the extramarital sex have any bearing on a sentance that severe?
750.520b Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree; felony; consecutive terms.
(1) A person is guilty of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree if he or she engages in sexual penetration with another person and if any of the following circumstances exists:
(c) Sexual penetration occurs under circumstances involving the commission of any other felony.
Michigan State Code Section 750.520b
Originally posted by nextguyinline
BTW, there is justice for adultery. Legally, you get a divorce, with monetary awards, granting you hadn't broke the contract first yourself. If you don't think that's punishment, ask any divorcee who pays alamony, or other spousal/child support. -- Emotionaly, and socially, you get justice by LIVING BETTER. There is no other punishment that transcends 'living better', than your adulterous ex-spouse.
Originally posted by hotpinkurinalmint
For example, if a wife cheats on her husband, giving birth to a child that is not biologically her husband's, the husband should be able to sue for any monetary or psychological investment he made towards the child under the false pretense the child was biologically his.