“One thing that addiction does is, it freezes you. You don’t develop, you don’t learn the skills by trial and error of having experiences and learning from them, and finding out what it is you want, and how to go about getting it, by relating with other people.”
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“I was literally in love with OxyContin. At first it was fun to get messed up, and then I had to,” said Emerson, who lives off a muddy dirt road. “I didn’t have any sober friends. You surround yourself with users. You don’t want to feel out of place, I guess.”
But at that price, a habit that cost hundreds of dollars a day became difficult to sustain. And then pharmaceutical manufacturers repackaged drugs such as OxyContin, which users previously had crushed into powder and snorted, to make them harder to abuse.
Enter heroin, an opiate with a vastly cheaper price….
Last week, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin made history as the first governor to devote his entire State of the State address to drug abuse and addiction. This is a great milestone itself, but his proposed increases in funding for treatment programs will only do so much to fight the state’s drug abuse crisis. To seriously reduce the harms of drug abuse, Gov. Shumlin and every other governor facing similar crises should consider decriminalizing the possession of all drugs.
Such giveaways may have saved more than 10,000 lives since the first program was started in 1996 in Chicago, according to a survey by the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national group that works to reduce the consequences of drug use.
Opponents say that making the antidote so easily available is an accommodation to drug use that could make addicts less likely to seek treatment.
OK…most of my readers know more about this issue than the so-called “authorities.” What do you think? Will making it available to addicts and their families make folks more likely to get high? I say horsefeathers!
Please read the article before you comment. I’d like to get some reasoned thoughts here, not just knee-jerk reactions.
Drug-overdose antidote is put in addicts’ hands
globeandmail.com: VANCOUVER — North America’s only sanctioned safe-injection site for drug addicts won a major court victory yesterday, thwarting any chance of the federal Conservative government closing it down. Safe-injection clinic wins legal reprieve