An Education of Proper Medical Use Promotes Trust Unlike Awareness Programs that Teach Drug Abuse


Drug Use Education

Medical Drug Administration & First Aid Skills
 For Personal Safety & the Safety of OthersI

 When the annual death toll from motor vehicle accidents reached 50,000 in 1965,  President Lyndon Johnson united all Americans in an effort to make driving safer by demanding automobile manufacturers design motor vehicles that protect motorists from harm and engineers developing roads and highways that reduce traffic accidents.  President Johnson introduced educational programs that would teach the public age 16 years and older how to drive safely and defensively.  Nearly a half century later, LBJ's legacy is still unfolding with more than 6 times the number of motor vehicles on the roads and a reduction of life-threatening accidents.

  When the drug-induced mortality barely reached 7,000 for the year 1969, Predient Richard Nixon divided Americans in an effort to rid the nation of controlled substances that the U.S. Federal Government declared illegal, making drug use -- even for medical purposes -- unsafe and increasing the liklihood of drug abuse and addiction by preventing the public from accessing legal prescriprtion medications and resorting to illegal and unsafe drugs transported to drug users through an underground network.  President Ronald Reagan along with First Lady Nancy Reagan, introduced the first steps towards drug abuse awareness that made drug abuse an epidemic among risk-takers.    Prison entences for non-violent drug law offenses, even the mere possession of a controlled substance, became longer than sentences handed down for those convicted of premeditated murder.

The annual drug-induced death rate escalated to nearly 50,000 during the first years of the second decade of the 20th century, demonstrating how poorly American drug policy has performed.  Meanwhile, taxpayers are burdened by the cost of housing the largest prison population in the world. 

In 2003, while recruiting candidate subjects for an RNA gene therapy study at Stanford University, I began interviewing candidates rejected on the basis of current/prior illicit drug use.   Denied government funding, there was enough public interest for the study to resume at UCLA in 2005.   Forty-seven percent of all drug users or former drug users contributing to case histories were well aware they were using street drugs to treat a legitimate medical disorder  that had been either undiagnosed or left untreated.  Many former street drug users treating a medical disorder had been able to acquire medically appropriate equivalents or a more appropriate drug to treat their chronic illness.  

By 2006, it had become obvious that medical drug users began habitual use usually on their own after a brief period of experimentation.  Rather than learning how to use prescription drugs for medical purposes, drug abuse awareness teaches the public how to abuse drugs on the journedy to inform them about the dangers, which had about as much impact on students as listing the side effects of prescription drugs in today's television commericals. .   

During October 2006, one of the nation's most scrutinized medical drug use cases hit home when Richard Paey, a wheelchair-bound, married white heterosexual former attorney  with school-age children had already served 2 years of a 25-year sentence in a Florida state prison for using a prescription drug, OxyContin that he needed to reduce the extrutiating pain he had in his back due to a botched surgery.   The case drew dramatic interest after media released a report maintaining that Mr. Paey had been receiving daily doses of morphine -- courtesy of Floridian taxpayers -- that were stronger than the OxyContin equivalent ordered by his doctors that led to his conviction.  For the first time, the majority of Americans were cognizant that the War on Drugs had become a war on the sick and disabled members of society.     

By December 11, 2006, I had sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis that teaching the public at every age the right way to administer drugs for medical purposes was a better approach than informing 5th graders how drugs are abused in the effort to present the dangers of abusing drugs and coerce America's youth to sign a pledge never to practice the behavior they just learned.  Calling my proposed concept Drug Use Education, I delivered delivered my initial presentation to the 2nd Annual Conference of Methamaphetamine, AIDS, and Hepatitis in Salt Lake City, Utah during the first 3 days in February 2007.  In December 2007, I presented the concept of Drug Use Education at the 2007 International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in New Orleans, Louisianna. 

In January 2008, I joined the Barack Obama Presidential campaign and completed the first version of the Drug Use Education Process Initiative (The DUE Process Initiative) now known as DPI that was submitted to Senator Dianne Feinstein on March 8, 2008.   Senator Feinstein responded favorably in a personal email in July 2008. 

By 2009, it became evident that President Obama had been repositioned to spend his first term striking a balance for conservative constituents.  Thus, DPI moved to  the peripheral sphere, as I coordinated with the Soros Foundation and UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), developing a proposal for HNRC neurologists to study both the positive and negative aspects of illicit and prescription neuropsychopharmacotherapies in the quest to understand the real goals of drug users.  By that time I was beginning to doubt the existence of "recreational drug use", which enticed the interest of UCSD intellectuals.   Nevertheless, the HNRC was bound by a commitment to the U.S. Federal Government to address the requirements of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and pursue a one-dimensional study of methamphetamine side effects that is unconcerned with understanding why certain populations choose these drugs.

Despite any move by the U.S. Federal Government to change its position on drug policy, there was an elephant in the Oval Office as American citizens were quickly coming to understand the prescription drug crisis and the mind-numbing drug-induced mortality rate that continues to climb despite government intervention.  DPI's Prisoner of War Early Release (POWER) had been moving upward from local county government to state and by 2012, was parked at the U.S. Supreme Court as an effort was made to draw a response from the U.S. Department of Education and First Lady Michelle Obama on Drug Use Education

During August 2013, U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder brought forth the the first major dramatic shift in U.S. drug policy that he noted would cascade down from U.S. Federal Government to the state and local governments across America.   Proposing to reduce the number of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug law offenses, Holder had taken the first action towards decriminalization of all drugs.

Mr. Holder noted that "by reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation -- while making our expenditures smarter and more productive,"  While Mr. Holder's actions are commendable, the U.S. Federal Government continues to alude a goal to provide basic and advanced first aid, as well as medical and pharmacological training for K12 students and adults.   Real healthcare reform starts with a different perspective towards neuropsychopharmacotherapies.  It is time that the U.S. Federal Government apply the same sensible solution that President Lyndon Johnson derived that has promoted motor vehicle safety.  Drug user safety affects every American citizen.  It would be wise for President Obama to unite all citizens in a coesive effort to protect the generations of Americans today and tomorrow from the chemical and electro pharmacotherapies that will continue to take the lives of citizens until they have the knowledge and discipline skills to use drugs safely for their medical purposes.     

Parents Who Care Teach Their Kids
 To Do the Right Thing

We don't teach our kids to mumble; we teach them to talk.   We don't teach our kids to stumble; we teach them to walk.  We wouldn't  teach our kids the wrong answer to a math problem or how to spell a word incorrectly; we want them to spell it the right way; we want our kids to have the right answers... to everything. except how to be responsible citizens in a world of drugs and substances

 The answer is not a drug-free world.  The answer is a drug-educated world which maintains a focus on medical drug use.  The cause of drug abuse is largely an educational deficiency that results when law enforcement and other persons of authority use drug abuse awareness programs to present a myopic prejudicial view of drugs that criminalizes the sick amd disabled, while it serves the interest of law enforcement to induce our nation's youth with information that some percentage of students apply to unsupervised experimentation with drugs, leading to routine drug abuse and addiction. 

Drug Abuse Awareness is The Wrong Answer
Because It Teaches Kids How to Abuse Drugs

Drug abuse awareness is a fear-based informational tool that propagates knowledge about the undesirable behavior as a foundation for presenting the dangers it causes but without disclosing corrective safe drug use guidelines because it supports abstinence as the only alternative to drug abuse.  It may only take a few seconds for a K12 student to be driven to make use of the information learned during an awareness program, or it could take many years before the adult graduate seizes the opportunity to abuse a drug,  Throughout 4 years of interviewing illicit drug users  (Stanford, 2004; UCLA, 2006),  about 70% of those who attended DARE, or comparable awareness program,  revealed it had influenced their decision to use an illicit drug.  Of that 70%, 34% said that they might have never abused an illicit drug had it not been for the discouragement they had from an awareness program.   All of them became routine drug users after discovering the drug had produced benefits.   

Evidence shows how DARE and other drug abuse awareness programs promote drug abuse rather than prevent it.

Another Wrong Answer

Drug abuse / addiction training for healthcare  practitioners, "raises the level of fear", while drawing upon prejudicial attitudes towards patients as the  practitioner makes decisions about treatment.  Providers are encouraged to determine who is abusing drugs.  Quite often the practitioner's empathetic availability is compromised as patient visits suddenly become incidents of "drug-seeking behavior".  An indoctrinated practitioner becomes a source of danger to patients, requiring a controlled substance medication for pain relief or to treat a chronic or acute medical disorder. The practitioner reduces, stops, or never administers medication that is necessary.   The patient becomes a victim of healthcare. 

THE MEDICATION YOUR PROVIDER IS PRESCRIBING isn't an atomic bomb!  It shouldn't seem like one.  If you find that your provider is redirecting you to a reduced quantity or quality of a controlled substance medication or fails to provide you any medication that you need, send an email to  describing what occurred along with the any information you can disclose about your physician.  Provide examples of how your physician's behavior  is impacting your life.

The Right Answer

Drug Use Education

Drug use is not a crime, disease, or disorder; it is a normal human behavior characterized by the need for mandatory public education, providing basic and advanced first aid, fundamental pharmacotherapeutic knowledge and discipline skills in drug administration to ensure adherence to dose / frequency / duration calculations and the ability to continually assess individual response to therapy. 

Drug Use Education, the paradigm proposed in the Drug Use Education Process Initiative (DPI), applies conventional evidence-based education in the delivery of mandatory first aid, drug administration training, along with medical and pharmacology instruction for all K12 students in classrooms, online, and within local community and teaching hospitals where students learn from medical and administrative staff while participating in studies, projects, voluntary roles, and perhaps even paid work assignments while optionally undergoing individual and group evaluations by qualified health care professionals.

SAFETY; NOT ABSTINENCE IS THE PRIORITY of the only educational program that can  deliver sensible training for K12 students comprised of Basic and Advanced First Aid training proposed by the National Academy of Sciences in the EMS White Paper (1966); Drug Administration, including dose calculations;  Personal Medical Management that will enable citizens to handle routine illness and enable patients to communicate better with providers, reducing the incidence of discrimination; Nutrition and Pharmacology that provides a solid foundation of how medicine and food interact with the human body; and, Safety and Discipline Skills that will form an integral part of all course work and activity. This is education that builds PUBLIC RESPONSIBILITY  

The Drug Use Education Process  demonstrates how broader interpretations of pharmacotherapeutic necessity can transform adverse social behavior into individualized and safely self-administered  medical care, extending the privilege for equal drug access  to adult citizens following completion of K12 medical and pharmacology education, and / or post-graduate training and licensing with the purposes to provide basic and advanced first aid, treat common disorders, disease, and injuries independent of a medical practitioner, and enhance the quality of healthcare encounters at every stage of life, while permitting medically beneficial responsible drug use, thus, mitigating due process violations and the demand for illicit substances.  The DUE Process model was cast as the centerpiece of the Drug Use Education Process Initiative submitted to Senator Dianne Feinstein in March 2008.  The DUE Process Model was inspired by President Lyndon Johnson’s 1966 program enforcing motor vehicle safety.

If the safety of our youth is important, then
 Drug Use Education holds the best answer.

110 YEARS OF CAR AND DRUG FATALITIES reveals Motor Vehicle Safety Education led to a reduction in fatalities from motor vehicle accidents while the War on Drugs demonstrates a continuous escalation in drug-induced mortality.   Evidence shows that rather than providing "safety" education for drugs, the U.S. Government provided  drugs that emphasized the abuse of drugs and triggered the bad behavior.  Because implementation of Drug Use Education program in the U.S. has not yet been possible, a simulation program had been devised and developed and is now being used to predict future outlook.  A scaled down model using mathematical calculations could not be completed. 

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