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Meth and me?…And You?

13 Feb

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Once again I returned to my local pharmacy in search of my allergy medication…and when I ask for Claritin-D (spoiler alert: It contains pseudoephedrine!) They scan my NJ driver’s license, and wait for their computer to say I’m OK (as in I didn’t buy some yesterday… anywhere in the state… let alone from the same store or from a different person, and have not exceeded my one pill per day allowance) (The computer of course knows all this) then I sign my name and offer payment and off I go with drugs in hand.

Then later today I saw this report in my news feed: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in a newly released report, said that it saw a dramatic 5,657 percent increase is Methamphetamine seizures from 2015 to 2017 in New Jersey, jumping from 4,468 to 257,206 grams!

According to the DEA, One of the explanations for the rise in methamphetamine use (which can be made from pseudoephedrine, hence my having to prove who I am when purchasing it lest I go home and cook up some Meth) is that it has become a popular substance to help combat heroin withdrawal symptoms because “meth” is readily available, inexpensive, and provides the user with a high that can last more than 24 hours.

And Heroin has become a favorite drug of use for Americans lately because of the recent opioid epidemic which has also kept the DEA quite busy over the past few years.

Opioids are expensive and their abuse usually begins with a doctor’s prescription. Then when the abuser can’t afford those he turns to heroine which is cheaper and then to “meth” because that is cheaper still and they all seem to provide the same high and/or help with withdrawal from the previously abused drug.

In the DEA’s report, their analysis found that purity levels of the NJ Meth are as high as 99 percent! Which they say is indicative of large-scale labs in Mexico, where the Sinaloa Cartel are attempting to expand its market for crystal methamphetamine in New Jersey.

Said DEA special agent in charge, Valerie A. Nickerson, “Over the last several years much emphasis has been placed on the opioid epidemic. We are also taking this methamphetamine threat seriously. DEA and our law enforcement partners will continue to investigate those people and drug organizations who choose to put this drug on our streets.”.

To which I add…Seriously? USA law enforcement has been fighting a declared war on drugs, and those who make and distribute them, for over 60 years! And how are they doing? We now have 5,657 percent more of Methamphetamine than we had 3 years ago! And that’s just in NJ! And that’s just Meth! And that’s just in the last 3 years let alone 60! How much more of every other drug do we have now in the USA then we did 5, 10, 25 or 60 years ago!

That’s some war! And something tells me that we’re losing and it’s not even close. And I’m not even complaining about my having to wait in line and show my driver’s license just to get a little allergy medication…but obviously that little regulation isn’t helping one little bit.

And the DEA and all of law enforcement for that matter,  knows where it’s coming from because they told us in their report. And they even know the names of the particular bad guys who are selling this particular drug…and where they live! And no one can catch them or stop them?…after 60 years of trying?

And the opioid epidemic we know starts with doctors! Who write prescriptions! To give the drugs to their patients… and they get those opioids from American pharmaceutical companies! And we all know who they are too! And where they are! And we can’t stop them either? Why not?

Because there is no drug war. In America we have the Drug Business. And it’s a very lucrative business and if you are on the selling, making, enforcing, legislating, banking, jailing, treating or doctoring  side of it you make great money. And if you are on the using side of it you spend great money, and get high and possibly go to jail… but usually only if you are already poor, or browner than most or not in cahoots with someone on the money making side of the equation…or you ruin your family, lose your friends and eventually die from overuse and/or abuse.

And that’s drugs in America!…and the war continues…and that’s only with the illegal ones! The legal drugs are an even bigger business! And we’ve got no war with those…more like a love affair. So “Just say no” and don’t do them…or not? It doesn’t seem to matter one way or the other as far as “the war” is concerned.

Ironically though The Federal Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act was actually such a success that domestic meth production plummeted. And so Production has shifted to Mexican super-labs, and some smaller American labs which all now make a more potent version that is nearly 100 percent pure…

And it’s cheap! And meth cases now account for the majority of federal drug cases in more than half of U.S. states… but my Claritin-D now costs too much for me to want to try to buy it all up and open a meth-lab. I’d never be able to make a profit! So go figure. Are we winning or losing the drug war?

Well, according to our President’s most recent tweets, drugs are pouring over our southern border in record numbers… but our economy is doing great and jobs are up and The Dow is up… so we should all cheer up…and build that wall ASAP! (He really did recently say all of those things, just not all in the same tweet)

So that about sums it up… I guess? But cheap is good, right? So Tally Ho!…Just say No! And Into the valley of death… We go!?

 

No Pseudo For You!

22 Mar

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So I made my usual trip to the pharmacy to purchase my allotment of Claritin-D which is regulated by the Federal government because it contains Pseudophedrine, a substance that can be used to make Crystal-Meth, and when I produced my driver’s license (necessary according to Federal law) and it was scanned into the pharmacy’s computer, the computer responded with a funny noise and…

No Pseudo for me!

Now I don’t make Crystal-Meth, and I don’t want to…but I do have allergies and Claritin-D helps a lot but the machine hath spoken… said the clerk, and I was denied my medication. She didn’t know why the machine made a funny noise and when she called over the pharmacist he didn’t know either. And don’t look at me because I didn’t have a clue, except for the fact that my wife might have taken one or two of my pills during the course of the past week and so I may have used my allotment without knowing it…but the computer apparently did!

And since the machine made the noise and refused to continue with the transaction there was nothing any of us could do. No sale! No how! No way! I was left to my sneezes and itchy nose and hopes for another day…

Once upon a time I was able to receive my allergy medication from a doctor who would prescribe it for me and the pharmacist would fill the prescription and that was that. Then the medication was approved for over the counter sales and not only did it become more expensive but also was subject to more government regulation and hence the day was soon to come when not a doctor, nor a law enforcement officer, but rather a common clerk would have the authority to tell me:

No Pseudo for you!

Now what am I to do? Turn to Heroine? That won’t help with my allergies! Hit the black market? Turn to a life of crime? Or perhaps I will have to just wait until the machine says that it is OK for me to have some more…after all I am not a criminal and I am not in the Crystal-Meth making business nor do I need any more than the amount necessary to quench my allergy symptoms…

So I ask you: Why can’t we do this with Opioids?

Just take them out of the hands of the doctors who always seem to prescribe more than they should because they empathize so strongly with the pain and suffering of their patients. Take them out of the hands of the Pharmaceutical companies who can’t seem to help wanting to make as much money as they possibly can by producing more pills than is humanly possible for humans to consume responsibly, and also take them out of the hands of the pharmacists who fill prescriptions simply because… they are prescribed.

Let’s put opioids in the hands of the computers and the common store clerk who has no authority to do what he or she can’t do except say, No Oxy for you! …When the machine goes whir or beep or whatever. Then the opioid user has a choice: Wait until they can purchase more to manage their pain, as medically prescribed by federal law, or…turn to a life of crime. In which case they would then be responsible for their own addiction (which we don’t seem to hold them responsible for now…like the hundreds of thousands of addicts we stow away in our prisons)

We’ve been at war with drugs in America for 60 years! Law enforcement has not worked…but they’re still on the job. Walls have not worked…but we still want to build more. Drug companies have not helped.. and they still keep churning out more and more pills. Doctors have not helped….and they still keep on writing those prescriptions. So Maybe simple computers and work-a-day clerks can get the job done?

Achoo!

 

Smoke Em If You Got Em…Now

5 Dec
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Here is an interesting development in the never ending war on drugs.

As more states lessen or eliminate marijuana penalties, the Army is granting hundreds of waivers to enlist people who used the drug in their youth…as long as they realize they can’t use it again in the military.

The number of waivers granted by the active-duty Army for marijuana use jumped to more than 500 this year from 191 in 2016 while only three years ago, no waivers were granted. This increase in marijuana use waivers is just one way officials are dealing with orders to expand the Army’s size.

Meanwhile Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the federal government is preparing to crack down on recreational marijuana use, a change that he’s been preparing since he took over the Justice Department.

And even though a group of prosecutors and law enforcement officials wrote a report asking that existing policies on the decriminalization of marijuana use not be changed, AG Sessions said that, “It’s my view that the use of marijuana is detrimental and we should not give encouragement in any way to it. I don’t want to suggest in any way that this department believes that marijuana is harmless and people should not avoid it.”

Oddly enough opioid use has been shown to be reduced in states where people have access to legal marijuana and AG Sessions recent statements on marijuana were made at a press conference concerning the Department of Justice’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic.

So even though you may live in a state where it is perfectly legal to buy, sell and use marijuana you might still find yourself arrested by federal agents upholding federal law in efforts to fight the opioid epidemic!… Which of course would be completely counter productive to that fight and make opioids (which are completely legal) once again the drug of choice and availability.

C’est la guerre! So join the army!… and Smoke em if ya got em… Now!

Oxy-Moronic?

29 Sep

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Have you noticed how most Republicans and or Conservatives, if not all, would like to require any Americans who are in need of or eligible for government programs such as, food stamps (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and even Medicaid, to take a drug test in order to receive any benefits or government aid?

And even though it has been proven that the great majority of Americans who are in need of such assistance (like children, the disabled, the elderly, single mothers) do not use drugs, most Republicans are still in favor of drug testing these individuals no matter the cost.

They simply don’t want drug users to receive or profit from tax payer’s money. And they ask, “Is that so wrong?” However, Republican Senators have recently been proposing that 45 billion dollars be added to their healthcare proposal overhaul, for states to spend on opioid addiction treatment. Because we now have an opioid addiction crisis in America.

But can opioid addicts pass a drug test? I Would think not. So why would you want to help drug users who use too many drugs and are drug addicts, when you don’t want to help children and women and the disabled and the elderly who might use drugs even when they aren’t addicted to them? That makes no sense at all…does it?

We still have marijuana users in jail for using marijuana and we don’t have a marijuana addiction problem… nor do I think we even worry about one…and we certainly don’t seem to be inclined to help any other drug users or abusers. Do we?

America has been at war with drugs for over 50 years! How are we doing so far? According to the pro-reform Drug Policy Alliance, when you combine state and local spending on everything from drug-related arrests to prison, the total cost adds up to at least $51 billion per year. And over four decades, American taxpayers have spent over 1 trillion dollars on the drug war.

And with over 2 million Americans now in jail, and half of those prisoners incarcerated for drug crimes, all that money has helped produce is the highest incarceration rate in the world… along with drug addiction rates that have statistically remained unchanged!

so why don’t we just put all of the opioid users in jail too?

Or if spending 45 billion dollars to help people who are in need of drug treatment is no big deal while also spending 1 trillion dollars to catch drug users, dealers and abusers…then what’s the big deal about spending 21 billion dollars on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families? Or spending 75 billion dollars on Food Stamps? Or 18 billion dollars on Housing Vouchers?

Instead our president wants to cut those programs by 192 billion dollars over the next decade. And they want to cut Medicaid by 800 billion dollars over that same time period… While spending 30 billion dollars on building a wall along the border of Mexico (also part of our “war” on drugs)

And most Republican lawmakers and most Republicans for that matter too, can’t wait to repeal the Affordable Care Act and dismantle the healthcare benefits that it has provided for millions of Americans…and yet, they have all of this concern for opioid addicts. Why? What’s so special about these Americans in distress that isn’t so special about other distressed Americans?

I don’t know what’s going to happen or who’s going to get which money for what or how the government is going to spend it, but one thing I know for sure is that after all is said and done and after all of the money is spent, there will still be opioid addicts… and lots of them… because no Congressman, Republican or Democrat is going to outlaw that drug or force doctors to stop prescribing it or make pharmaceutical companies stop making it… will they?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Say So…

18 Sep

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What is it about rich folks? They never use drugs…especially marijuana. They just tried it once a long time ago because they were sad or lonely and then realized that it was wrong, or not for them or they simply didn’t like it and then never ever ever used that demon weed again. It’s always the same story. It’s just amazing how wealth somehow is the antidote for marijuana use.

I guess that’s why we never see very many wealthy cannabis users go to jail. Everyone knows that drugs, and especially marijuana, are for black people and poor white folks. Those are the kinds of people who just seem to love drugs as though they were their very best friends. I guess that’s why we have about 1 million poor and mostly black people in prison for marijuana use or possession.

It’s so bad that we have to stop and frisk these people right out on the public streets just to save them from themselves, then send them to jail to teach them a lesson. Otherwise they would never learn or know any better. Whereas if you send a child to a college or university that costs thousands of dollars to attend and then surround them with a never ending supply of marijuana and other drugs of differing varieties and ilks…nothing happens. They somehow become immune to the drugs addictive effects that an otherwise poorer more colorful person would succumb to. We don’t even have to bother to stop and frisk folks on college campuses because we simply know this to be true.

And even though statistics, research and surveys tell us that white and/or wealthy folks use, sell and distribute marijuana at the same rates and percentages that everyone else does, including black folks, for some reason its the black folks that end up in jail at 3 to 10 times the arrest and conviction rate of white people…depending on where they live.

And where is the best place to live, if you want to avoid going to jail for marijuana use? In a rich white person’s house of course…because whenever we try it we always go, “Puh! That’s just not for me! And I swear mom that I’ll never do it again. I guess the devil made me do it.”…and that’s the end of it. It’s like some how affluence is the cure!

It’s very strange but that’s how it always seems to happen. In fact statistics also show that if we could somehow make everyone in this country either rich or white or better yet, both, our country’s cannabis problem would disappear over night…and those ma’am are just the facts.

And the War Continues…

13 Nov

Scott Walker, The governor of Wisconsin says that one of his top priorities now that he has been re-elected, is to pass a law requiring recipients receiving food assistance and unemployment compensation to be drug free in order to qualify for benefits. As part of his re-election campaign, Walker vowed to require “a drug test for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting food stamps from the state.”  So with his re-election he now believes that he has obviously received a mandate from the people to do so.

In Wisconsin, an estimated 836,000 people receive Food benefits, but about 40 percent of those people are children, and as of last week, 39,958 people have also filed weekly unemployment compensation claims in Wisconsin.

So I guess the plan is that depriving the jobless and the hungry, should they also be drug users, of food, will make them want to get jobs…even if they are kids?

The governor says that he will work with his Cabinet in the coming weeks “to craft a specific proposal,” which will be designed to move people from government dependence to independence. And so far there are 17 other states in our union who have similar programs for either unemployment benefits and/or food stamp programs and their recipients…

But I’d like to see the states go even further!

I’d like to see the states drug test every college student within their state. College students are over 1 trillion dollars in debt to the states and federal government and I bet there are some drug users in that bunch, don’t you? That might explain why they keep borrowing money without even having jobs so that they can pay it back! And if we find that they are using drugs we should kick them out of school…and definitely deny them and their colleges any kind of state aid! Shouldn’t we?

I’d like to see the states drug test all physicians and pharmaceutical companies within their borders. How can we have a prescription drug crisis in this country if the prescription writers and drug makers aren’t in on it? Why keep making more drugs or prescribing more drugs if so many people are abusing them? These folks must be taking their own drugs? Why should we be subsidizing them with any government money?

How about having the states institute mandatory drug testing for all of the bankers and financiers that are in their state? Those guys lost all of their (our) money 6 years ago and they couldn’t even tell us how they did it? Bankers wrote mortgages for people who didn’t have any money. Then packaged them up into neat little bundles and sold them to each others banks! They had to have been smoking or snorting something! Don’t you think? And if they fail a drug test we could put them in jail so they could bail themselves out rather than us bailing them out!

Are politicians drug tested regularly? There is something the states could do. Many politicians don’t even know our nation’s history or how to use words correctly in sentences. Many couldn’t even tell their own elbows from a woman’s reproductive system…let alone their asses. I bet when they throw their big parties and festive balls and expensive donor dinners they don’t just drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. They must have some other drugs of choice available. What do you think? And if they fail a drug test they should be shown the door immediately! And no pensions! And no lobbying jobs! And definitely no free food!

And all of the states have costly public  athletic stadiums filled with costly athletes. Let’s drug test them too…well, OK we do test them now but what’s the penalty? 50 days of vacation and then they are welcome to come right back to their million dollar jobs and adoring fans as though they have learned their lessons and will never do it again. Let’s ask all of those drug user has beens how well they would be able to hit, pass, catch, kick and dunk now, if we had taken away their money and made it harder for them to find something to eat while they were suspended! Why should the state governments subsidize these wealthy teams and owners if any of their players use drugs for any purposes at any time?

And don’t forget…if any of these college students, university presidents, bankers, financiers, doctors, lawyers, corporate executives, owners, athletes, coaches etc. are caught using drugs…They are immediately fired from their jobs and their kids don’t eat too! Doesn’t that sound fair and reasonable to you?

Awww Heck! Are we running a war on drugs and unnecessary public subsidies here or not?…

Or is EVERYONE on drugs?… Are you?

Prescriptaholics?

15 May

I was reading an article today about the legal drinking age of 21 and how ever since it was raised from age 18 thirty years ago there has been an increase in the abuse of other drugs by teens and those under the age of 21.

In fact, Teen drug abuse with opioids is now second only to marijuana in popularity and today almost one in 10 high school seniors report taking hydrocodone (Vicodin) within the past year. And Among teens and people under the age of 30, Anti-anxiety drug abuse is the most common among abused drugs.

The Mayo Clinic describes Prescription drug abuse as: The use of a prescription medication in a way not intended by the prescribing doctor, such as for the feelings you get from the drug. Prescription drug abuse or problematic use includes everything from taking a friend’s prescription painkiller for your backache to snorting or injecting ground-up pills to get high.

what I find most interesting or perhaps most distressing is that these new “most commonly abused drugs” are not illegal drugs but rather what is commonly called prescription medication…meaning that a doctor’s prescription is needed in order to legally obtain them. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, over 48 million people are using prescription drugs for non medical reasons. That’s just about 20% of the entire U.S. population! And of course this increase has led to a corresponding increase in ER visits because of accidental overdoses as well as admissions to drug treatment programs for drug addictions.

But if the most abused drugs like, Xanax, Vicodin, Oxycontin, Ritalin, Adderall and Ambien can only be obtained with a doctor’s prescription presented to and filled by a Pharmacist, then how does everyone get their hands on so many of these drugs? Especially when you need access to quite a few of these pills to develop an addiction in the first place.

Isn’t this a case of prescription addiction/abuse before it’s a case of drug addiction/abuse?

 

 

Sex, Drugs and Rocky Road

17 Mar


 

            After having spent 33 years in the High School classroom, and observing teenagers day after day I have come to the conclusion that life is about 3 things. How we relate to, learn about and handle our relationship with these 3 things will determine much if not all of the success and happiness that we will have in our lives. I believe that while teaching the 3R’s is a fundamental and sacred principle of our educational system the study and discussion of these 3 even more basic elements of our everyday lives should be mandatory in every public school curriculum throughout the world. And they are: Sex, Drugs and Rocky Road…and here’s why.

            1. Sex – Our physical attraction to and need for someone else. Our sometimes overwhelming need for physical pleasure. The basic, primeval lure of reproduction. The undeniable connection, often repressed, between the animal world and ourselves. The basic instinct that we cannot separate ourselves from, no matter how hard we try. All of the religions in all of the world cannot sway us from our keen awareness of our sexuality and our link to the animal in all of us. We copulate and we reproduce just like all other animals. It is the only way for our species to propagate and survive. We are not separated from animals by divinity, and that’s just the way it is.

            2. Drugs – Our bodies are made of chemicals and natural substances that are found throughout our planet and our universe, that comprise all living things. Life eventually becomes mundane and ordinary for all of us and we find solace and euphoria and altered states of consciousness through the use of various drugs. Eventually we all try one or another and how we react to the effects they have on our bodies and minds will be revisited time and again over the course of our lives. All chemical substances will react with our physical organs and alter, enhance or reduce their functionality…from nicotine to alcohol to Ritalin and beyond. Whatever chemicals we ingest, be they natural or manmade, they will induce or influence behaviors and reactions that we will either find pleasant, unsatisfactory, euphoric or detrimental (and many times even addictive) but our relationship with drugs of one form or another will be constant and ongoing throughout our lives. The relationships we have with these chemicals may be the most important and profound  relationships that we will have during our lifetimes.

            3. Rocky Road – i.e.: Desire. We will all develop a desire and passion for something that may either drive, consume or haunt us throughout our lives. It may be one of the two of the three most important things that I have mentioned here so far, or perhaps all three to one degree or another. Perhaps the desire for the euphoric state that drugs induce will addict us. Or perhaps our sex drive will steer us on a course of emotional ups and downs over roads where we cannot find the off ramp. Or maybe the delicious tastes of food and the satiations that we can only find through our gastric delight will consume our thoughts and desires. Perhaps it will be the work that we choose to do or a vocation or a love for sport or the physical desire to be on the go all the time. Maybe a need for adulation or attention or love, or simply a desire to be left alone, will fill our dreams.

            Power, success, wealth, greed, fame, fortune or that nameless something, that we just can’t put our finger on…yet. Whatever it is you can rest assured that it will be something and not just anything, that will drive us or motivate us or propel us through to the end of our lives. That “Thing” will be our Rocky Road; That which we just can’t get enough of. And how we deal with that desire and pursue it or avoid it or succumb to it or live with it or without it will be our true life’s work…whether we work at it or recognize it or know it or acknowledge it…or not.

            It will be the personal relationships that we forge with these three most powerful forces; Sex, Drugs and Desire, from our adolescence through to our death, that will influence and drive us most throughout our lives. How we will cope with these relationships and how we will recognize our personal struggles with all of them will determine the very fabric of our lives and the course through which we pursue our happiness.

            Ironically these may be the 3 least discussed topics in all schools and homes when they should be the 3 most discussed topics, especially since we all have homes and we all go to school. Why do we avoid or demonize or place taboos on all of these topics? What makes them so influential in our lives and yet at the same time so embarrassing to talk about? Certainly I can understand our reticence to discuss these topics with our little children but by the time they have reached middle school and adolescence we are all, parent and child, pretty much on the same page. That is when we need to begin to open discussions on these topics. That’s when we need to begin openly discussing what it is that we are all privately thinking about anyway.

            Society needs to begin developing a curriculum for the home and school that will open a dialogue between children and adults about the topics that really concern and affect us all. Sex, Drugs and Rocky Road: A Course in Reality Science 101.

            Studying how to read, write and calculate is without a doubt important to all of our children but it will be how our children learn to cope, medicate and congregate in the 21st century that just may save us all.

Why Can’t We Get Healthy for a Change?

28 Sep

There is a heroine epidemic in my town and in the county where I live in New Jersey.

More than 80 people have died from drug overdoses since the beginning of the year and many of those deaths have come as a result of heroine use.

Why heroine? Well, according to the story that I read it offers a bigger bang for the buck. In other words you can get higher with less heroine than with more of something else so in the long run (if you have a long run) you can save money. And saving money is as important in drug use it seems as it is important in other facets of our society.

Anyway,  the heroin “epidemic” has compelled lawmakers in my state to propose legislation that would attempt to curtail the local drug trade by basically…making the penalties for selling heroine…tougher. Which will of course mean that more drug dealers and users will probably be going to jail…and the problem will undoubtedly just shift to another drug that comes along to take its place.

More than likely there is a drug epidemic in your, town, county, state too, but probably just with a different drug. People like to take drugs, or just can’t seem to help themselves…and the money that can be made selling them makes the drug trade just too lucrative for them to be scared away from by the penalty of incarceration.

The combinations of desire, addiction, greed and avarice are so powerful and overwhelming among humans that I sometimes wonder why I have never succumbed to the forces of drug addiction or dealing. Is it because I am a superior human being? Or is it just because I was never poor enough or addicted enough to need to get involved with drugs?

Is it something I lack, rather than something I have?

I humbly ask this question only because nothing that we have done so far in the history of the drug war has worked as far as getting people to stop using or stop selling drugs to one another and yet rather than come up with new ideas or approaches to the problem we continue to try and fight “the war” in the same old way.

Is this just another side effect of drug addiction? There is a lot of money to be made in law enforcement and in the penal system and a lot of reputations to be built in politics and law making and the judicial system on the backs of America’s drug addicts and sellers. Would large portions of our economy crumble without an illicit and illegal drug trade?

And Despite tough anti-drug laws, and 2.2 million prisoners in our jails, a new survey by The World Health Organization shows that the U.S. has the highest level of illegal drug use in the world…And that drug use  is not simply related to drug policy, since countries with tough illegal drug policies did not have lower levels of use than countries with liberal ones,

So what gives? Why do we continue to pursue the same old policies when it comes to drugs and drug use in America? They don’t work. They have never worked. There is absolutely no reason to believe that they ever will.

Meanwhile, members of the United States Congress and many others are doing their best to block the administration of the Affordable Healthcare Act because they say…before even giving the new policy a chance to work…that it will fail and cost too much money.

With over 1 trillion dollars spent on the war on drugs in the last 40 years and with state and federal agencies continuing to spend over 30 billion dollars per year on what has proven time and time again to be a failed policy…is it really any wonder why we can’t find any money to pay for healthcare in this country and why certain groups want to make sure that we never do?

Simply put, and just by examining the data, the answer is an easy one.

We’re getting sicker, rather than healthier in America, because right now… that is our policy!

Pseudoephedrine Doesn’t make Crystal-meth Only People Make Crystal-meth

11 Jan

Once upon a time I had allergies and when I went to the doctor he prescribed Claritin-D and it was like a wonder drug. It cleared my nose up and I was able to breathe again and since he gave me a prescription for it and I had a prescription plan through my work it was relatively inexpensive. Then it was announced that Claritin-D would be available over the counter and that I would no longer need a prescription and that this would be wonderful news for allergy sufferers all across America because we would no longer have to see a doctor in order to obtain the drug. Of course now I had to pay full price for Claritin-D and it was much more expensive but at least it was still available.

Then one day I went to purchase my monthly supply of Claritin-D and it was nowhere to be found. It was now behind the counter and I had to show my driver’s license and sign a form in order to purchase it, and I could only buy so much because Congress passed the Combat Methamphetamine Epidemic Act of 2005  as an amendment to the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act. Signed into law by president George W. Bush on March 6, 2006.

Apparently Claritin-D contains pseudoephedrine which can be used to make Crystal-meth and the methamphetamine craze is becoming so wide spread that all of us humans are potential Crystal-meth entrepreneurs so pharmacists must be wary of us all. And even though I pointed out to the pharmacist that pseudoephedrine doesn’t make Crystal-meth only people make crystal-meth, his response was, “Exactly!”

Now if I attempt to buy too much Claritin-D a red flag or whatever goes off at the pharmacy counter and I am promptly sent away. (No doubt the Feds are also notified!)

So now we fast forward to today where I read on my computer that James Holmes the Colorado shooter who killed 12 people and injured 70 others in a Colorado movie theater last summer was able to purchase a small arsenal including two semi-automatic pistols, a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, 6,200 rounds of ammunition and high-capacity magazines that allow a shooter to fire more rounds without stopping to reload, a helmet, gas mask and body armor, fuses, gunpowder, chemicals and electronics, PLUS 2 hand grenades that he purchased on-line from a catalogue.

No red flags. No buzzers, No bells, no being turned away from the counter and absolutely no idea that James Holmes might be dangerous. I mean really? What does one do with a hand grenade that could possibly ever be considered recreational? Wow!

Perhaps we should simply ask Congress to pass a law that says that from now on all guns and bullets must contain 9 grams of pseudoephedrine.

And from now on when gun enthusiasts say, Guns don’t kill people, only people kill people” our quick retort should simply be, “EXACTLY!”

GRACEFIFTEENTEN

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