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Mind-Altering Substances

September 26th, 2022


The United States government is launching a massive campaign against mind-altering substances,Guest Posting the infamous War Against Drugs. On the grounds that the government is protecting its citizens from their own will and desire, it continues this crusade, with an almost holy intention about it. But to those of us who use drugs, or those who are the least bit suspicious about the government’s attempt to “protect us,” there are some questions we raise, some doubts we express, some skepticism that remains unsupressed. Within this paper, I will release these inquiries….

The Right to Our Body

Of all the greatest defenses of the right to use drugs, the most popular is the idea that we have rights, and these rights end only insomuch that they limit the freedom of another. By shooting a gun randomly in the street, for example, we are imposing on the right to life of other people. But by injecting, snorting, smoking, or swallow a substance, how are we interferring with the rights of others? We are not. In New Orleans, one Heroin addict repeated an ancient wisdom to me, “To each his own. Let every person do the drugs that they want, or no drugs at all. It is your own, personal decision.” And I agree with him wholeheartedly.

In this world and under this government, we have a right to walk on any sidewalk, to apply for any job, to enjoy any hobby that catches our interest — to love the emotional nature of the romantic writers, to let our souls be carried by the music of our heart, to live everyday as though it was our first and last — freedom and liberty are the components of civilization. Without them, civilization becomes a toil, simply a technologically advanced society, devoid of happiness or creativity, making primitive lifestyles almost desirable. The freedom to speak what you want, to believe in any religion or political theory (or conspiracy theory) that you wish, to know that your body is the instrument to your heart’s desires, to know that it is no crime to pick up any book off the shelf and read it — freedom of the heart and mind, these are the greatest of all things one could wish for in this life. They are but intrinsic to true development, to learning, to understanding this Universe and its inhabitants. To let anyone do as they will, so long as they harm none: this is what I believe, and I will never condemn someone for a personal preference. That a person can listen to any music they desire or read any book they want. This is freedom, and it is what I believe.

Naturally, it will take little imagination to understand how disgusted I am with the current drug laws in the United States. Our leaders will speak of our liberty, and what our founding fathers had fought to create, but they will not mention how their laws will force you into a prison for a personal decision — how we have never lived in freedom, that immigrants have been under attack in the United States two hundred years before the rise of Nazism in Germany, that America had kept African slaves for longer than any other civilized nation, and that it only revived this slavery in a system of wages. They will speak, our politicians, and they have nothing to lose, because they are simply trying to gain our loyalty. Once in office, they will become the epitome of corruption. Interested in nothing but keeping things in the status quo, they will enforce legislation to empower corporations and disempower citizens’ power. The right to speak or think or act as one pleases, these rights will hold little meaning in their life. For them, it is about power, not liberty — profit, not people.

Prescription Drug Addiction Follows Availability and Effect, Not Safety

March 23rd, 2022

The majority of people checking into drug treatment clinics for prescription drug addiction or abuse may have abused a dozen or more different prescription drugs because they’re part of a new culture that celebrates pill-popping as a way of life.

Using prescription drugs recreationally is common across America, from grade schools through high school, college and on into the work place. Even seniors, especially aging “baby boomers”, are reaching for prescription drugs like never before to get high, instead of traditional street drugs like heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine. And if one prescription drug isn’t available, almost any other one will do. Only marijuana is more commonly consumed than prescription drugs.

This trend has led to soaring rates of prescription drug addiction everywhere in the country. Opioid painkillers like OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, Lortab and many others, including the generic opioids oxycodone, hydrocodone, methadone and morphine, are all dangerously addictive and have caused tens of thousands of cases of prescription drug addiction. Some of them, especially OxyContin and methadone, are killing more Americans than all illicit drugs on the street combined.

The recreational prescription drug culture has led to most cases of prescription drug addiction, but a large minority — some think as much as 40% — have become addicted after taking legitimate prescriptions exactly as a doctor ordered.

Some experts say that the soaring abuse rates derive from a perception that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs. Prescription drugs may be safer than street drugs in terms of purity — street drugs are cut and contaminated with all sorts of unknown and potentially dangerous substances. But as anyone who suffers from a full-blown prescription drug addiction will attest, there is nothing safe about prescription drugs once you’re either addicted or dead.

This safety concept about prescription drugs evaporates when you consider that prescription narcotics, antipsychotics, tranquilizers and a host of other drugs can get you hooked or killed just as easily and quickly as heroin, cocaine or methamphetamine.

Prescription drug addiction is based on the fact that prescription drugs can and do get people high. And prescription drugs are safer to obtain and are available absolutely everywhere — there’s no need to lurk in dark alleys or seedy parts of town to find them.

Prescription drugs are passed around among friends and relatives by the thousands every day. They are sitting out for the taking on kitchen counters, in medicine cabinets, and on bedside tables in almost every home in America.

Yes, many of those suffering from prescription drug addiction wind up supporting their habits by buying stolen prescription drugs from street dealers. But most get their fix by faking symptoms to get prescriptions from a doctor — a lot safer than scoring heroin or cocaine from a street dealer.

Until the government, the medical profession, and especially the public, wake up to the fact that prescription drug addiction is a serious epidemic, the problems will continue.