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Facts about what can go wrong when people use drugs

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    A big part of my inspiration for The Drug Report was Beth Pearce's amazing film, VOICE OF THE VICTIMS: TRUE STORIES OF ECSTASY AND KETAMINE. The film simply lets the victims of drug tragedies tell their stories. It's real life, it's undeniable, and it's incredibly powerful. I'm sure Beth has saved many, many lives, and it is my hope that this blog will do so as well. To learn more about her film, go to Voice Of The Victims.

    FACTS ARE FACTS

    A friend of mine likes to say, "You're entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts."

    When it comes to drugs, there are lots of opinions out there: Some think drugs are safe and fun, some think they're dangerous and frightening, and many think everything in between.

    But facts are facts, and when someone dies from drugs, or someone is murdered by a person who is on drugs, or is raped by someone who has given them drugs, that's just a fact. Drug users who actively promote drug use rail against these facts, and I expect they'll be commenting regularly on The Drug Report. But they can't change the facts.

Why High-Crime Drugs Must Stay Illegal

Posted by Childress on August 11, 2006

Frequent commenter Dodgy made a strange statement in a comment I am not going to post because of what he’s advocating.  Here’s the statement: 

The vast majority of drug related crime occurs simply because of prohibition i.e addicts having to fund their habit.

Excuse me?  I confess: I have a habit.   It’s expensive, powerful cars.  But I don’t satisfy my habit by stealing.  I work hard and succeed in my work so I can afford them.  I expect no one to subsidize my fondness for big German V-8s.

Others like to buy $100 bottles of wine or hundreds of pairs of designer shoes.  Like me, instead of stealing to support their habits, they go to work every day, save up their money (or use up their credit) then buy their satisfying fix.

The big crime drugs — heroin, meth, crack — debilitate many of their users so profoundly that they become fundamentally unemployable in any legit business.  So they become hookers, dealers or thieves.

And society is to bless this by providing them for free the drug that so debilitated them?  Or legalize the drugs so they can debilitate even more people?

If society’s goal is fewer abortions, you don’t open up free abortion clinics.  If society’s goal is fewer burglaries, you don’t make lock picks legal.

Society’s goal must be to protect as many as possible from the dangers and debilitation of drugs like heroin, meth and crack.  You do not let the few, the addicted, the debilitated set social policy for the many, the healthy and the innocent.

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2 Responses to “Why High-Crime Drugs Must Stay Illegal”

  1. Dr. PeaceOnEarth said

    You sound like you know nothing about the disease of addiction. It is a fatel, progressive, illness, that can not be cured, but only arrested. (ONLY if the patient achieves a psychic change by living the 12 steps in all of their affairs. NO ONE CHOOSE TO BE AN ADDICT. Society is absolutly wrong, not to mention feeding the idea that addiction is a moral issue. It is best not to make sarcastic comments about people coming from a very ignorant position. Many Heroin Addicts although trying to quit with all their hearts come to the hopeless state of mind and body where they loose all controll and feel tied up while watching themselves as they do things that they hate. Addicts brains are wired differently then regular people. Addicts brains are more apt to run from the Midbrain (the most powerful part of the brain) It is the primitive, survival part. Drugs work on this section, causing the brain to believe that the drug is the most important thing to survive. The frontal cortex controlls the part of the brain where we hold values, morals, basically it separates us from animals to the point where we attach our owh sentimental value to people, places, and things. Drugs have no effect on the frontal cortex, leaving an addict absulutly un-able to fathum how they themselves could do things that they really truelly don’t want to. The midbrain always wins. It is IMPOSSIBLE for a true addict to quit by will-power alone. Recovery IS based and contingent upon a DAILY spiritual reprieve. Unless your brain has this quirk, you can not understand; and many do not truely believe, But Science HAS PROVEN THIS TO BE FACT. So many addicts don’t even understand this and end up killing themselves because they can not trust themselves because they really have NO controll of themselves when it comes to the desperation and justification this POWERFUL, BAFFLING, AND CUNNING disease has on their mind, body, and spirit. That is why an Addict helping another addict is without parrellel, and a normal human not only can not help, they generally harm the chances of recovery, all the while talking badly about someone who suffurs from a fatel, progressive, uncurable, disease.

  2. Childress said

    I understand all these comments because I am an addict; everything you said about addiction is correct. I’ve read AA, but became sober through a Christ-based program.

    It is this experience that drives my conviction that legalizing drugs is not the proper position for society to take.

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