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rd95  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: YOU DRAW IT: The Opioid Epidemic

I think we're mostly in agreement that it's important to treat heroin addicts as people who need medical help and not criminals. Where the disconnect comes in for me though, is that heroin is demonstrably much more dangerous than say alcohol or other types of illegal drugs, in its addictiveness, in the health problems it creates, the risk for and severity of overdoses, etc. With that in mind, I don't think it's unreasonable at all to aim to keep it from being produced and distributed, especially now that we're seeing it being made with more dangerous substances.




goobster  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah. It's not something either you or I are expert in, and it's a complex problem. But any time we have prohibited a substance in the USA, it has only increased its availability, and created a violent and profitable black market supply chain.

And, knowing the US Politician's tendency to stick a band-aid on major problems, and then run far away crowing about how they fixed it... I don't want to give them more power over a weakened and victimized populace that's already got a hard enough time fighting addiction, etc.

Make the politicians focus on the real issue, and don't give them an "easy out" or untenable platitude like, "Heroin is bad, mmmkay?" Prohibition has never worked for us. Liquor, drugs, nukes. It always fails and creates much worse secondary effects.

rd95  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I think around here, things are getting bad enough that it's being taken seriously now. The other month, on the morning news, was a segment that was basically a public advisory that could be summarized as "There's some bad heroin in the area right now and a few people have died from it already. If you have loved ones with problems, keep an eye on them, make sure you have Naloxone and if you don't, here's a number you can call to find where you can get some. The county sherif is saying that they will not make any arrests in response to 911 calls for overdose and here is a list of numbers you can call if you or a loved one needs help with substance abuse."

Let's be honest. That's a shitty thing to have to handle. The fact that's on the news though? It's amazing. People out there, in power, know it's a problem and they're working with eachother to try and handle it. Silver linings.

goobster  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·  

That is truly a silver lining on some shitty news.

Man... the federal government is so totally out of touch with everyday American's lives... it's defeating...

rd95  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Yeah, but a lot of times situations like these are exactly why state and county organizations exist. This is a big country with a ton of different economies and cultures and challenges. Shit that might work in New York might not work in New Mexico, so really they oughta focus on big things, like collecting taxes, national security, diplomatic relations, etc., and really trust the States and smaller governments to implement policies that work for them. You know, as long as they're fair and constitutional and shit.

goobster  ·  118 days ago  ·  link  ·  

And here is a really good article, supporting your point.

Although I still think that the author is getting tangled up a bit with their cause-and-effect analysis.

The opioid epidemic can pretty much be traced right back to the doctors who over-prescribed them in the first place, and thereby transitioning opioids from "street drugs" to "my doctor gave it to me, so it's safe!"

Once you make that mental leap, sharing "prescription drugs" with others - or selling your extras, or prescribing it for people who are simply addicted - becomes a really easy justification to make.

The big picture is that, where we are now, there is no easy path to the light at the top of this hole.

rd95  ·  118 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Thanks for the link. I'm checking it out now. This article is an interesting read as well. It's a messed up world we live in.

Edit: Vox's site is buggy as fuxk on mobile. I'll have to check it when I get on my PC.

OftenBen  ·  119 days ago  ·  link  ·  
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