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Thursday, June 09, 2005

Hohenwald News: Is the Drug War a Mistake?

The short answer is, I honestly don't know. On the one hand, we have masses of people getting their lives seriously messed up by using drugs, and on the other hand, we have the corrupting impact of the drug war on our society and on other more vulnerable societies like Columbia's.

We have Nancy Reagan saying "Just Say No.", and unlike a lot of people I think that had some good effect, and was useful. Part of the problem was that the leaders of society still see themselves as the Counter-Establishment and as hip and cool. I'm sorry, if your chauffeur has a chauffeur you don't get to be Counter anything. You are the Establishment.

This means certain responsibilities to make sure civilization continue fall squarely on your shoulders. One of those is to say the Truth. Even if its dull and uncool. Like her husband did.

"Tear down this wall, Mr. Gorbachev." And a wind of freedom rose at his words to batter down tyrants' castles.

However, M. Simon assures me that it had little impact on chronic users. He and I can both be right. There's the chronic and the just for fun. Nancy's statement might well have discouraged the just for fun guy.

What a lot of Drug Warriors are afraid of is that the just for fun guy is going to wander over a lot of times into the chronic user. This is a question that people such as M. Simon need to answer.

Now, looking over at M. Simon's links, I see that a lot of chronic users are 1)Lacking in certain brain chemicals which either mitigate pain, or help supress nervousness. 2)A lot of them according to one doctor who ran a study of 2oo addicts have had past traumas of extreme nature such as rape being inflicted on them. This includes the men. And this is not after the drug use, but before.

So you've got people in a lot of pain,physical and/or emotional. Pain distorts people. I know from personal experience.

Now the pastor might say that you can rise above such problems with the help of God, and indeed some people do, but I'm not sure that this isn't relying on miracles in the place of mundane skills that God also expects us to use.

I'm trying to be skeptical since I have a decided tendency to be


  • God did give us miracles to handle this problem.

    For those with light to moderate pain/anxiety cannabis. For heavy pain/anxiety the opiates.

    Now the biggest money makers for big pharma are anti-anxiety drugs. Some of the largest contributors to the Drug Free America Campaign? Big Pharma.

    Addiction or Self Medication?

    A LOT of folks are making a lot of money they couldn't earn otherwise. In economic terms. Rent seeking.


    Here is the bit about sexual abuse and drug use:



    The Drug War is not about protecting us from drugs. You don't catch an "addiction" from using drugs. Drugs are not the cause of the "problem". Which is why current strategies don't work.

    If drugs cause the problem every one who was prescribed opiates for pain would be an addict. It doesn't happen.

    Even of those genetically susceptable only 1/2 have the problem.

    You need two things to be a long time user genetic susceptability, trauma.

    Our drug war is a war on the traumatized.

    Genetic Discrimination

    Cannabinoids - the Key to many Pains?

    PTSD Pot Alcohol & Substance Abuse

    Alcohol can be used to relieve this suffering as well but it is harder on the body than cannabis or opiates.

    Guess who are also big contributors to the Drug Free America Campaign.

    By Blogger M. Simon, at 10:25 PM  

  • You can make the arguement that an industry is more likely to be involved in charitable efforts that are somehow directly related to it, than otherwise. I'd bet that the auto industry does a fair bit to support safe driving efforts.

    This could be cynical, or it could be a case of 'clean up your own corner'. It could even be both.

    Nevertheless, M. Simon makes some troubling points. I guess the best thing to do would be to institute a case of federalism.

    That is, a state with sympathies with M. Simon's position goes out, and tries it. The other states watch and see. Five years later, that state is shuddering in horror, and frantically backpeddling, OR its the wave of the future, and everyone is jumping onto its bandwagon.

    By Blogger Eric, at 2:44 PM  

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    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:26 AM  

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