Monday, February 9, 2009

Heroin - Nothing Like a War in Afghanistan and American Insanity to Fuel this Crisis!

Here we go again.  Another article about the drug problems in America without one probing question of whether the American, but maybe Day 2 will offer some hope.  Until then I will give the solution, one that I hoped we the American populace would make because were reasonable, but one we will make because it is the only one we can afford.

Heroin hits home
Heroin, once thought to be disappearing from the local drug scene, is back with a vengeance, fueled by a new generation of users seduced by its euphoric high and initial door-busting price.

And, in alarming numbers, they are dying.

Heroin has made a comeback, and not just in the underbelly of cities where hard-core addicts can always be found.

It is showing up in places where you'd least expect to find it.

The reason Heroin is a killer problem in America is because we (look in the mirror) are Insane.

Definition of Insanity - Repeating the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.

That definition of insanity is certainly the American Drug policy over the last 75 years and it is killing people. The problem is that it is human nature to do drugs and society's solution, the drug war, not the drug, itself is a non market based approach. If you think this country has enough money to continue fighting a losing battle with the narcotics trade, think again or at least for the first time. Combine our insane domestic drug policy with our entry into Afghanistan and voila explosion of Poppy production and cheap Heroin. America was successful at stemming the production of Heroin as our State Department paid the Taliban 22 million dollars, because they had squashed production in 2000. Never mind that the US State Department financed 911; Hey the Taliban wiped out poppy production. How did that work out for us?

There are several types of responses associated with a Heroin overdose.

1.   He/She deserved it because they were warned and its against the law, those worthless drug addicts; while, others say
2.   That is a tragedy and put all of the pushers in jail; but,
3.   I say "We could solve the two major problems with one stone.  We could kill off the funding of terrorism through narcotics trade and save a great number of lives."

Americas response has been a combination of 1 and 2, which leads to insanity, while number 3 requires compassion and understanding, something America says it has but rarely practices.

So here is the solution - Legalize the importation of Poppies, Heroin or Opium, for sale and use, but it must met standards.  This one solution saves lives and kills the narcotics funded terrorism.  The reason people overdose is due to the fact that the strength of the product varies and users are conditioned to shoot the same quantity every time, hence an overdose.  The farmers in Afghanistan can still make money, but they no longer have to be under the threat from both America and the Taliban.

It is coming up on the 10 year anniversary of one of my best friend's death due to a Heroin overdose and America is still Insane!


Mike Bock said...

The Oracle has returned!

Sorry about the death of your friend.

Legalizing heroin would be a tough sell. The public probably would be much more willing to consider legalizing and controlling marijuana, before it would consider doing the same with heroin.

The public might support a change in drug laws if such a change could be put in economic terms. The government already collects a lot of taxes from tobacco and alcohol. I wonder how much tax could be collected if marijuana was legalized and then taxed? I'm thinking that by taxing marijuana, enough money would be raised to close Ohio's budget gap.

Greg Hunter said...

I doubt any taxes would be raised because unlike alcohol, it is so much easier to grow...Now on the other hand if the big corporations patented the strains then money could be made.

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