However, the war on drugs is an abysmal failure. I know, I know, not news.
But, I find it intriguing to say the least that those who readily condemn the use of cocaine, heroin, and marijuana (legalization notwithstanding), or condemn to incarceration those individuals who deal and/or have problems with those same substances, are often the same individuals who constantly make jokes on Facebook pages about their own rather extensive consumption of alcohol. Let’s not forget that alcohol in this context has not traditionally been used as a medicine whereas certain opioids are actual medicines.
No one talks about the fact that four times more people die annually from alcohol abuse than as a result of the so-called “opioid epidemic.” This epidemic has been made up; there is nothing new about opioid abuse.
Opioid use goes back to 3400 BC when it was cultivated in Mesopotamia. It was used by the Assyrians and the Egyptians. Until the 18th century, it morphed into different forms and was used to treat a number of diseases and disorders, and to assist with surgical interventions.
By the 19th century, morphine was given to Civil War soldiers who did become addicted. If you were a Civil War soldier, what would you have preferred? Feeling the pain of a limb blown off or opioid addiction? I think it’s pretty much a no-brainer.
It was Bayer who synthesized heroin from morphine in 1898 to use as a (supposed nonaddictive) cough medicine.
In 1969, the World Health Organization (WHO) ABANDONED the belief that the medical use of morphine led inevitably to dependence.
In the case of opioids, many people use these medicines as a result of moderate to severe chronic pain associated not only with cancer but with severe arthritis and other conditions. But the constant moralizing of the drunkards in Congress and the like actually prevents sick people from obtaining these medications, and those who are addicted will simply move on to another drug or a different form of opioids. The harm will be to the patient who needs pain relief and can’t get it. Many people prefer suicide to their pain.
And NOW our politicians are pretending that they actually care about the so-called “opioid epidemic” as if it’s something new to them and when the fact is that the result of this so-called “concern” (pandering) will be further limiting of these medicines for people who actually need them.
They hypocrisy of this is beyond measure. And what’s even more wicked is the number of individuals still incarcerated because of their use of these substances while the drunkards who never really gave a shit (and still don’t) go free.