drug war will end
that's when the United States will start working on the drug problem
anyone tells me that the war on drugs isn't really a a war, usually two
words will put an end to that discussion: SWAT Raids. These
repeated acts of violence that unfairly impinge upon innocent citizens,
destroying homes and leaving behind casualties remind us that the war on
drugs is a war against all citizens in the US and those countries which
have agreed to uphold a zero tolerance policy in their countries.
outcome of the WOD is already known: everyone loses, and the only ones who
get the peripheral benefits from the war are those drug dealers who are
too elusive and organized to be caught.
why do we continue with the WOD? Because it took 71years
(1900-1971) for the US Government to introduce a solution. It means
nothing whether the solution is effective or not, the government has
chosen to make it seem effective by introducing manipulated statistics,
new categories among causes of mortality and morbidity. A drug
overdose can now be refined to a greater degree of granularity. (For those
who want the truth on the data, subtract the various contrived categories
and add the numbers back to the main category, drug
the 1990s, the majority of the general public felt that that WOD was
necessary for reasons that only propaganda can underscore. About
1995, there was a turning point as real-life situations began surfacing
even more than before. Since 1998, support for the WOD has
dropped steadily. In 2006, 77% of the US general public disapproved
the WOD. In January 2008, 84% disapproved of the WOD. The
biggest supporters to end the WOD are the younger generations in their
teens, 20s, 30s, and early 40s. It is possible that the baby
boomers will become the catalyst to end the WOD when they can't get
prescription medication as geriatrics.
now, the government sees the WOD as a success. How they can
conclude that a success is a teenager who can easily access a controlled
substance while a 45 year old with a chronic disorder requiring a
prescription for a controlled substance is unable to get it from a
physician is beyond comprehension.
can't we add Drug Use Education to the WOD? DUE promotes the truth
about drugs (good and bad). During the preparation for any war,
information throughout the nation must be consistent. During the
midst of Operation Desert Storm, a history textbook was being used that
presented a favorable view of Suddam Hussain. In one sentence, the
President of Iraq was described as a "hero... supportive of US
interests", and indeed Suddam had been, but during a war, the enemy
must never be presented in such favorable light since this weakens the
goal of government. This is why so many healthcare professionals are
reluctant to support a positive position on drugs. It is also
another indication that the WOD is truly a war -- a suicidal
CALL THAT EDUCATION?
2005, I was gathering information to determine the interest level in a
program such as Drug Use Education. Most of the responses I got from
the Palm Springs Unified School District and later, the Los Angeles
Unified School District showed mixed emotions splattered with questions
that I could then, barely answer.
response from an administrator in one of the LAUSD districts was
interesting enough to print here since it explodes misconceptions about
pro-positive drug education programs.
already tried educating the kids in our school district. We told them if
anyone asks you to try a funny-looking cigarette, a pill, or a powder, don't say
anything, just run the other way. But we still have a lot of wise asses
who want to know what the stuff looks like, what does it do, how do you take
it... You tell them what they should know and they'll ask questions that
are only going to get them into more trouble.
when you start saying that you've got a unique program concept that teaches
kids about drugs and prevents them from running into trouble, I like hearing
that someone's working on it, but it scares me... If we could teach
these kids less about drugs, we'd be much better
off. I realize that they'll learn it in the streets, but for us, that's
been about 15% or less. Half of them won't even remember the next day what
they did. So the 7% that might get hooked, we bring them in here and tell them that if they don't straighten up and fly right, we're going
to kick them so hard in the ass that our shoe will be sticking out of
their mouth... They get the point and so far only one kid has dropped
out since I first came here 9 months age. One kid! That's a damn good
I don't think I want to drag 468 kids through a drug use education program to
teach them about something that we don't want them to know anyway. When
they get out of here then they can do anything they want. I'll give them
your address and send the the entire graduating class to your doorstep.
Then you can teach them whatever you want, but as long as they're on my watch, I'd
rather they never heard the word 'drug' except as the past tense of the word
'drag'. And I don't even want them using that word around here
either! So thank you, but no thanks!"
medical industry puts their weight behind the patient and not the
government, healthcare will continue to fail; pain medication providers
will face incarceration and threats, and one day only the very wealthy will have
access to advanced forms of medical care, while the remainder of the
population are left to lead disposable lives until we are replaced by