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INTO THE FUTURE 

2007 DEC 01 SAT

THE DRUG WAR MUST END SO NATIONS CAN BEGIN WORKING TO ACHIEVE ZERO DRUG ABUSE INSTEAD OF ZERO TOLERANCE 

Since June 17, 1971, the date that former US president, Richard M. Nixon, declared drugs to be "public enemy number one", two weeks before the second annual nationwide Gay Pride celebration commemorating the Stonewall Riots in New York, and after two years of televised rebellion and protests from every corner of society including condemnation of the Vietnam War, the emerging war on drugs has been steered in every possible direction but has not once resulted in any positive means to stop drugs from proliferating in the US.  There is one very good reason for this: The ElectroChemical Age which commenced during the 19th century and may continue for many thousands of years, is larger in scope than one nation, one planet, one or several generations.  Today, during the dawn of the 21st century and still in the infancy of the ECA, humanity has yet to understand that drugs are part of the culture that exists within the infrastructure of the ECA.  Logically, humanity cannot introduce chemicals to the environment and expect the general public to abstain from using these substances, particularly after these substances have been introduced to society, producing useful benefits whether they are consciously known by the user or not. 

For 36 years now, the governments of the United States and nations around the world have been clouding the minds of citizens with ignorance and fear as they wage a war against their own invention that transcends to the general public. If humans had more intelligence, the problem would never have emerged into a war on drugs.  But instead of allowing the problem drive the solution, the US applied a solution that increased the size and scope of the problem.  That's because the solution applied was born out of assumptions.  It was assumed, for example, that the sudden emergence of a growing homosexual subculture was linked to psychosis induced by illicit psychoactive drugs.  It seemed logical considering the growing numbers of a population that virtually had no existence -- yet formal organizaton -- prior to the 1960s.  By 1971, the gay population had grown 10-fold and was perceived as a threat to society.  Coincidentally, considering the incubation period of HIV, ~10 years until diagnosis, the first transmission of HIV simultaneously occurred at this time.   As an example, in 1692, misbehaving children of Salem resulted in the idea that witchcraft was the source of the problem.  It was impossible to convince the magistrates that there was no problem.  Too many people were absorbed with the idea that there was an issue.  But when Thomas Brattle, an area merchant, suggested that the magistrates eliminated spectral evidence, the remaining trials ended with a realization that the problem was imagined.  There were no witches sent by Satan in Salem, because spectral evidence  

Today, we unleash our children into a world of chemical substances, leave them alone and expect their curiosity not to engage them in using these substances.  However, there's just one glitch: Parents and teachers never taught their children how to use chemical substances.  They waited for someone else to do this. 

 We can make life very simple or very difficult just by how we perceive the situations we confront.  The US chose the hard way, allowing it's citizens to fail and then punishing them, applying zero tolerance, thinking that this would be corrective action that others would see and learn from.  There's just one problem with this approach: Still, no one taught the other children how to use drugs.  They learned from others... from drug dealers, pushers, peers, and anyone who they found to teach them.   fewer drug users.  The majority of drug users, in fact, are tourists... from Great Britain and the US where zero tolerance policy has taken center stage.  But only after 9/11/2001 has the American public opinion about the WOD become negative.  

The difference between today's drug users and tomorrow's is going to be education..  Today's youth are tired of lies, war, and misinformation about drugs.  They are learning 

        
Not everyone uses drugs in our society but eventually everyone will.  We know that because in the every Age, from the Stone Ages, the technology of that Age became common tools.  In the Bronze Age, Bronze became the foundation that was fashioned into tools and devices that all people used.  The same was true in the Iron Age.  Today, in the 3rd century of the ElectroChemical Age, there is a burning desire for youth to use the latest tools.  In the electronics world, we exposed our children to computers, IPODs , digital camera, and video games, teaching them how to use these devices correctly.  In the chemical world, however, government concealed the technology only to create enormous problems as drugs were channeled to members of society through drug dealers. Chemicals that should be FDA-approved, are produced in clandestine labs, contaminated with impurities and sold to the American public.   Rather than fostering the physicians who were providing adults with pain medication and other controlled subtances, our government targeted them that has increased a very profitable drug trade.  We convicted drug manufacturers, traffickers and those who possessed even small amounts of drugs.  We created laws that sent those convicted of non-violent drug-related offenses to prison for a length of time equivalent to anyone convicted on four counts of first-degree murder... for possession of a chemical substance.  Our courts have confiscated property; our law enforcement has taken lives; our citizens have become ignorant and have overdosed and died where they would still be living if only they knew three simple things: 

How to determine what drug is right for them.

How to dose medication.

How to tell time. 

 

from more sophisticated sources.  Drug dealing is still very sloppy; but rather than a few celebrated icons in the drug ring, today, the boy next door doesn't just do the drug, but sells it to friends.  This has taken pressure off of the major players.  What makes the drug trade stronger than ever before, are the many layers that envelope the top.  Considering this, no one is learning from a seasoned guru, they are learning how to use drugs from friends.

Logically, the next step has to involve putting an end to the WOD.  It's costly, it's corrupt, it breeds ignorance, and it is extremely destructive. Unfortunately, there are many preconceived notions about drug abuse that are unfounded. For example, the idea that drug use causes crime is outrageous.  

 

The most common form of drug abuse is "overdosing" -- taking more than a single dose.  For illicit drug abusers, as well as cigarette smokers,  there is no scientifically devised standard dose.   They probably wouldn't even know what someone was talking about.  The lack of education that comes with the WOD churns out new drug abusers every day.   Rather than giving the drug a chance to take effect, the majority of drug abusers keep using the drug until they go way beyond the dose that's right for them, as a result, they become oversensitized, by-passing the desirable euphoric effects to become something of an alien to themselves and to those they encounter.   Many abusers are also bingers, that is they buy a certain large quantity and think that the way to use the drug is to just consume it all until it's gone.  By doing this, the abuser doesn't have to worry about being caught with the drug.  It is this type of philosophy that stays with the abuser as it becomes a pattern of behavior.   Legalizing drugs alone won't stop drug abuse, education along with legalization will prevent the actions that result in drug abuse.  However, the US government feels that when drug abusers overdose and they can't enjoy their "high", they will naturally stop using the drug.  overdosing is the fastest  way to become chemically dependent.  If proper guidelines for administration of the drug were given to the general public, there would be a dramatic reduction in the number of drug abuser. 
 The sloppiest thing that our government concocted was to mix terminology.  Drug use and abuse is the same in the eyes of government officials.  That's a brutal message to send to someone who is trying to use a drug in the legitimate sense.  In the ElectroChemical Age, drug use is not only normal, but it is expected!  Drug use is not a crime, disease, or disorder.  It's normal human behavior, and a subject that should be taught to every child at a young age before they haphazardly encounter a substance that they abuse.  Use is defined by values from 0 to 1 in the
standard maximum dose.  A user can chose to use no dose; no drug or up to 1 dose within a given time period.  A user rarely deviates beyond that and when they do because they have become tolerant to the effects of the drug, they either stop for an interim period or switch to another drug.  Anytime the standard maximum dose is exceeded, the drug is being abused.  This doesn't have to be a problem, but it will lead to a problem and that problem could be illness, chemical dependency or even death.  But then again so can driving a car above the speed limit.

If drug use is taught as standard education, there wouldn't be a need for controlled substances; there wouldn't be a need for drug dealers, an illicit market, crime, failure, or drug abuse.  But then, why does drug abuse exist?

This is a question that was posed by US Congress in January 2006 and it's never been answered.  We had spent about $2.4 trillion dollars fighting a war against something that we couldn't -- and still can't  -- what the cause of drug abuse is.   This is one of those times when the source, or cause, of the problem was too close to lawmakers.  In fact, it defines the problem that our lawmakers and more than one-third of our society has: Anti-drug disorder (ADD2).  ADD2 (the "2" is to distinguish it form attention deficit disorder) is the severe and emotionally imbalanced distress caused by the fear of drugs and ignorance about what they do.  Yet, many who exhibit ADD2 behavior are also drug users who are hiding their own guilt. 

What we now know is that when there is dirt in your own backyard, you can't see how it got there.