Deterrence by Death #2
The paradox of repressing heroin addiction out of sight, out of mind is what really ills and kills off heroin addicts and others. There is the direct threat of fatal overdoses and then there’s the diseases that are spread via syringes. Burying the addict in the shadows of the black market and the back allies guarantees that the number of both those mostly fatal occurrences will definitely increase. Addicts can access NONJUDGEMENTAL and helpful medical assistance only one way presently outside of jail; a needle exchange, which will also not have what is necessary to resuscitate an overdosing addict. So a second way of assisting addicts and also getting them long term medical assistance is a place where they can talk with medical professionals and also receive overdose reversing therapies should they make a mistake. So this is why a safe needle drug injection site is essential to saving lives, reducing fatalities, and stopping the spread of related diseases (that are sometimes very expensive to treat when the drugs are priced 30 to 100 times over the cost of production).
This all seems bad from Mr. Miloscia’s perspective; that somehow he wants to both treat using addicts like crap rather than save them, and then seems to think that this threat, this pall of possible injury and death actually reduces needle drug usage overall. He is dead wrong on both counts. We are in a bad state socioeconomically so use has skyrocketed as people self-medicate to feel better both about themselves and their lives, When a complex problem like addiction comes out of the shadows, it is much easier to solve that complicated problem in ways that are both effective and humane, actually saving lives rather than ruining them further or directly killing them as Mr. Miloscia’s policy of malign neglect would do. So let us dedicate ourselves to a new set of goals when dealing with this complicated set of problems. We will dedicate ourselves to saving addicts lives by loving them out of the darkness, and caring for them enough that finally they want to care for themselves enough to stay off drugs consistently so that they don’t die before their god-appointed time. It seems like Mr. Miloscia has not had a lot of experience with actual addicts in his life; that is how his malicious and delusional attitudes about addiction have germinated. He would know instinctively that having a drug addiction is a miserable experience; feeding the monkey every day is a real chore and most addicts want to get free. The first step to freedom is that safe needle drug injection site. The next step is allowing doctors to prescribe an addict their drug of choice so that they don’t die using poison dope. We have a chance here to save lives; would the republicans consign that opportunity to the ashcan of history and the addict to the graveyard? I won’t be the one to choose to do that.
Lyle Courtsal http://www.3mpub.com, http://www.IONhealth.ca
I heard sometimes that you were discussing drug policy at the redmond reporter. So here’s what I have learned doing street outreach to homeless addict/alcoholics these last 15-20 years. Your biggest problem are those people usually enfranchised who both know absolutely nothing about drug addiction and who also have an ax to grind with those who have been irrationally blamed for the bad times these last 20-30 years by the real problem, the lying rightwingers and those who pick up their lying misrepresentations about how people become homeless in the first place. First clue; it usually ain’t drugs, that comes later.
First you lose your job, then your housing, then you’re on the street. It is that easy too. So then the enfranchised people start avoiding your glance (except the good hearted ones, and to be honest, a lot of people assisted my friend William Langlois jr., just not his sick, messed up father) and your requests for assistance. Occasionally an attacker will try and hurt you because they then can lie and say you started it (and a bad cop will believe that too along with the lazy judge, and then hurt you more by putting you in prison rather than the person who attacked you and then lied about doing it). See, many people have been miseducated to think that you will not benefit from help; that’s so the nonprofits can take the money and make sure that they get it and not the homeless who actually need it.
They will say that you will use it for drugs, as if somehow they won’t (and they do it all the time too). But they are believed and you are not, so they prevail in court even when they lie about what happened so you’re screwed even if you didn’t do it. And that is the main problem with the drug war and those who fight it. It is eminently designed to harm the addict and anyone else who is maliciously and wrongfully accused of being a druggie or whatever else. Some of our very best people were found to be druggies and I, being somewhat normal, still appreciate them after their loss to us. I don’t just throw them into the ashcan of history just because they killed themselves with drugs (hey, how else are you supposed to deal with the unfolding four ring circus of death brought to you by the latest set of criminal idiots in charge in DC? And believe it or not, the drug war actually is a criminal operation against all humanity; one of many run by the nazis in charge right now (did you see them seig heiling in those new york bars after they “won”)?
So lets forget about that unfolding horror for now and think what a humane, legal response to the complexities of unemployment, addiction, homelessness, untreated medical conditions, and violence would look like. Let’s start with this thought; poverty is violence and is also criminal when people cannot survive in the context in which they are placed. When the republicans cut the budget the first time, they cut it huge, throwing the nation into a recession that put a huge number of people out of their houses and onto the street. Then they started the drug war propaganda, maliciously misrepresenting these people as dirty, lazy, and drug addicted; all of it was lying nazi BS, but who fact checks anymore? Not the liars and not those who need to believe them for whatever sick reason they need to do that. They needed to hate on someone to make themselves feel better, and that someone had to be someone who wouldn’t attack them back and ruin their lives for the privilege of ruining theirs (serious assault and recreational murder has always been a hidden pastime for many white male borderline psychopaths in the US and if their friendly neighborhood cops are the same way, they will not only get away with it, they may get a reward too, empowering the lie further).
So the idea of what would actually work at reducing drug use and fatalities in the US is not generally something that is accepted as good policy with these kind of psychos. And this is what would work. 1) low barrier housing (no background check, no credit check, no drug test for access to housing- you just get it and this is because the US has never adequately employed all of it’s people in it’s entire sordid history; therefore you need to be taken care of by big government and that is legally required too-see Howard Zinn’s book, A People’s History of the United States before they ban it in your community too. 2) adequate food via the food stamp program-2/5ths increase in outlays there too since it has been cut back so much these last thirty years of criminal corporate repugnicratic rule. 3) Adequate medical access- this will come from a single payer public system that cuts the private insurance scammers out of controlling the market getting the prices down. A public system has the effect of both making sure that the poorest people in the system are adequately cared for and also that there is a low end to market prices that is publicly overseen-no lying private sector scammers in the mix fixng prices. 4) adequate mass transportation so the person can get to where they need to go without blowing the budget doing it- see how the nazis want to cut that to the bone again? That’s the influence of the petroleum industry on our politics-if they don’t have you in a gas guzzling car or believing in the next stupid oil war, they have failed. 5) higher education-this will free your mind enough that you will be ready to believe that nutritional supplementation for stress is one way that I can balance out the nutrients in your brain so that you can actually maintain sobriety for a few days if you want it (www.IONhealth.ca, http://www.bastyr.edu).
So basically, getting out of drug addiction is just as hard as getting housed again out of homelessness. Simple if we were a humane society; near impossible in Amerikkka. So this is what we need to do. We need to become that sane, humane, smart society again if we actually want to reverse the opioid overdose epidemic. It has to be OK again to talk to your doctor and your loved ones about your drug use; this will only happen when HIPAA protections extend to protecting that conversation from the secret police on your smartphone. It has to be OK to have a safe needle drug injection site in your community. It has to be OK to have a needle exchange in your community. And it must be safe for people different from you to live in your community. See how it is that so many people who are targeted by hate media are getting attacked in our communities when they have done nothing wrong; that has to stop and there are laws covering that too.
And what do the republicans say about safe needle drug injection sites as access points for addicts to get help? They lie from a lack of experience and say that these sites enable drug addiction. And this delusional belief is exactly WRONG again there, lying white rightwing planet killers. Think for more than thirty second; a person engages with a healthcare professional and then starts getting the care they need. That means they are starting to care for themselves again. That may be something they haven’t thought was practically and substantially possible for a long, long time. That also means that the fuck-its are starting to be in retreat for a change and they will also start thinking that life is worth living so they are less likely to make a fatal mistake the next time they fix up. They get stocked up with needles, maybe the latest cut report from King County public health so they don’t do poison dope, and off they go, thank you very much and I will be back to see you again to learn some more and get some more care, maybe even a place to live, good food, and some peace of mind if I stay alive. And they want to stay alive; its just that very few people understand what that actually requires; they aren’t drug addicts so what do they know? Not very much really, so really they are little or no help at all-stupid jerk republicans again.
So really, as you can see, this is not rocket science; anyone can do it. Your heart just has to be in the right place to care for people. And that patience is in short supply in the new reich; that is why it is that so many people live in fear of actually caring for addicts. This is because we have put a whole lot of time into hating on them via well-funded proto-nazi miseducation programs like the drug war, like the muslim ban, like the lefty ban and associated lying demonization programs; because if we actually go humane, it is believed that it will cost a lot more than maintaining the presently seriously deteriorating status quo, and that is also a pile of lied up proto-nazi crap too. Yup, we costed it out; it is actually cheaper to house, feed, and care for people than not to do so, especially children at certain developmental stages in their growth (1-20 years of age). When you factor in the long term systems costs, it’s a slam-dunk. . . so let’s just try one or two safe needle drug injection sites and a health education outreach around opioid overdoses in King County coupled with adequate supplies of low barrier housing, good food, and adequate medical access (more food stamp investment-food banks suck for those that need a special diet) for starters, and see how many lives we save. . . . Because no lives matter to our criminal misleaders right now. . . except theirs. . . really. . . . You can see that what was missing in Vancouver BC was the housing component. The tories in Canada made sure that a safe healthy system would never happen there either. Mr. Carson’s position is based on a program that has been underfunded in Vancouver for years and years. We got our five years of good outcomes in Seattle/King County under a democrat, not a nazi. Second avenue was free of street dealers for five years when services were there and Bush was apoplectic. . .
Lyle Courtsal http://www.3mpub.com, http://www.narconews.com (the archives). . . .
PS. See article for why Bush was apoplectic; Mitch McConnell’s Freighted Ties to a Shadowy Shipping Company at http://www.thenation.com.
PPS The best books on the drug war that I have seen: The Phoenix Program, by Douglas Valentine, In the Land of Hungry Ghosts, by Gabor Mate”MD, and The Final Mission: Spooky 8, by Bob King, and http://www.IONhealth.ca.
PPS. Finally Mr. Carson, yes, life is messy in a ghetto, but that is mainly because of nazi/republican/tory budget cut consequences. The ghetto you refer to was there before the safe needle drug injection site was. Notice how the people were still alive, not dead. That is because they were being supported and helped, not abandoned as you and yours would do. That ghetto is actually a long term repugnicratic/Tory/republican/nazi budget cut ghetto, but why let the truth get in the way of your murdering, hate-filled agendas?