abuse is not a disease or disorder, and the only real crime is a
prohibition on education that would enable humanity to live safely.
The root of drug abuse is
the inability to determine and measure a dose of drugs by people in a chemical society
that fails to teach a skill that is basic to human survival.
It's like never teaching a child how to eat proper meals. If any
parent starves their child, we call that child abuse. Therefore, drug
abuse is child abuse.
The most common form of drug
abuse is overdosing that can lead to accidental death that is
sometimes confused with intentional death or suicide.
Because the war on drugs keeps people
ignorant a large percentage of the 150,000 US mortality cases each year that result
Surprisingly, between 40 and 55% are directly attributed to
errors made by physicians prescribing incorrect medication. Thus, they
never get reported as drug abuse cases since it's okay for physicians to
make an error; patients can't! Patients are held accountable for
accidental overdoses, particularly when they involve illicit drugs.
Consider the case of
Jesse who died from medication prescribed by his doctor. Jesse was
only 17 years old...
Fran was 35 when her
doctor prescribed a medication that resulted in a seizure. The
hospital medical record that was sent to the coroner described Fran as
"chemically dependent..." combining multiple street drugs that
interacted with other medications prescribed by her doctor.
Physicians are not to
blame; patients can't be blamed. Where the blame lies is with our
lawmakers and educators.
Austin was 24 when he
died of a pulmonary respiratory disorder associated with a prescribed
medication; when he was found on his bed flexing his muscles during a
workout, the EMS found traces of cocaine residue on a bottle that was in
the vestibule of his Manhattan apartment. The report that came out
suggested cocaine had caused him to have a heart attack while working
father, Mike, argued that his son was not a drug addict. Four months
after his death, Mike received a court order to have his son's body
exhumed. When the forensic lab came back with a report, there was no
evidence of cocaine in Austin's body. Furthermore, there was no
evidence that Austin had ever used any illicit drug. The news media
which had reported the cause of death as "drug-related" had to
recant the story.
Ironically, Austin's death was due to
the drug Trazadone that was prescribed by a physician who assumed that
Austin had been using psychostimulants. He wasn't. It
was revealed that Austin suffered from a respiratory disease and was
allergic to Trazadone. After just one dose, the Trazadone
triggered the respiratory disease and Austin's lungs were unable to
function. Austin realized what was happening. Wisely, he tried
to lift his arms up and bring them down hard to force air into his
lungs. But thirty minutes later, he blacked out, unable to force
enough air in and out of his lungs. Within a few minutes, his brain
had shut down. After 20 minutes, Austin was dead. He had
called 911 during the first few minutes, and gave his address but because
he could not state the problem he was having, EMS was never dispatched
until later that night when his roommate and a girlfriend found Austin's
Then there is 32-year old Reilly.
Listed as a "pleasure death" by the SF Chronicle, Reilly's body
was found underneath a platform of a sex club in San Francisco in
2003. Reilly had been using poppers, viagra, and was drinking
absolute vodka. Because these drugs are legal, they were left from
the report. What Reilly died from, according to the coroner's
office, was a fatal dose of methamphetamine and
cannabis. It was later revealed that there was not a
trace of crystal meth or cannabis in Reilly's blood. There was
evidence, however, that Reilly had consumed 100mg Viagra and was using
butyl nitrate. There was a half-bottle of Absolute vodka found
in his locker and was also in his system.
In certain cities, drug users and
abusers with no family have disappeared and have never been
found. When a friend reports the disappearance, the police
don't always respond. When a victim calls and is unable to give
information, common sense would dictate a problem.
There is no such thing as "Pleasure
Death" because there is no such thing as a "recreational
drug". Drugs are medicine. Everyone needs to treat it
that way..gcontrolled substances they can't get. We are all suffering
WAR ON DRUGS HAS CARVED A MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR INDUSTRY WITH A RECIDIVISM
RATE THAT HAS BECOME SUCH AN EMBARRASSMENT THAT THE NUMBERS ARE
CONTINUALLY ELEVATED JUST TO SHOW THE MINIMAL AMOUNT OF PROGRESS REQUIRED
TO KEEP 12 STEP AND OTHER PROGRAMS GOING. SO MANY ABANDON THE 12
STEP PROGRAM THAT IT HAS BECOME KNOWN AS THE 12 STOP PROGRAM, MEANING THAT
EACH STEP IS A STOPPING POINT FOR ANOTHER GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO GO OFF THE
PROGRAM. THE SUCCESSES YOU HEAR ABOUT ARE THE ONES YOU WOULD EXPECT
TO QUIT, REGARDLESS IF THERE WAS A PROGRAM OR NOT. THE WORST THING
ABOUT THESE PROGRAMS IS THAT THEY FOCUS ON DEHUMANIZING MEMBERS.
CONFESSING, "I AM AN ADDICT" OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS NEGATIVE
FUEL. IT IS REESTABLISHING THAT BEHAVIOR. I'D LIKE TO SEE A
PROGRAM WHERE THE PERSON TELLS US HOW GOOD THEY ARE AND THAT THEY CAN GO
BACK TO USING DRUGS IF THEY WANT AND WHEN THEY WANT... THAT'S WHAT I CALL
A PROGRESSIVE PROGRAM... AND IT WILL WORK!