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Drugs & Needles

Drugs & Needles

I don't do drugs, I don't smoke cigarettes, and I don't even drink coffee. I can't even begin to understand why people do drugs in the first place, knowing the end consequences of starting a whole new life of living in a feces infested sewer! I feel it's the perfect tool the devil uses to destroy lives!

Off course, I don't condone drug abuse, but I honestly believe "The 'War on Drugs' cannot be won for many reasons; one of them is because too many are getting filthy rich by selling them.

No amount of money, and no amount of man power, will ever make a dent on this horrible problem that's has destroyed, and continues to destroy so many families.

The prisons are busting at the seams with drug addicts. Wouldn't it be more humane, and cheaper to spend this money instead, for building facilities where they can get treatment?

As for the needles drug addicts use, I feel that the spread of AIDS, stems not only from not using condoms, but also from hypodermic needles being shared from one addict to another.

I believe the spread of AIDS would be curtailed much more, if there were programs which would give addicts brand new needles.

Kids, I'd like your opinion on this, please!

[info]olafthunderfoot got me thinking about this topic of used needles. :o)

Playgirl's Befitting Quote For This Day:

"Dope never helped anybody sing better or
play music better or do anything better.
All dope can do for you is kill you -
and kill you the long, slow, hard way."
- Billie Holiday

Playgirl's Música Tropicales

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Nov. 14th, 2006 04:47 pm (UTC)
It's to escape. Sometimes just to relax. It's a placebo to deal with stress. Some people just don't think they have it in themselves to deal with stress without taking drugs.
Nov. 14th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
We ALL experience stress
We ALL experience stress at one time or another. Why do they feel life is suppose to be a life without stress, when stress is what motivates us to become all that we can be?

Can't they see the ugliness of those who are addicted to drugs? Can't they see that they will be held prisoners by these drugs for the rest of their lives? And in the end, they will die a horribly SLOW death?
Re: We ALL experience stress - see_dog - Nov. 14th, 2006 05:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 14th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
I have no problems with drugs...I think they should ALL be legal.

"Can't they see the ugliness of those who are addicted to drugs? Can't they see that they will be held prisoners by these drugs for the rest of their lives? And in the end, they will die a horribly SLOW death?"

The mind can create a HELL much WORSE than the addiction of drugs...you cannot view thier life through your reality...cuz it's not the same.

People should be free to do whatthey fell necessary in life, if it kills them...so be it...it's their life. You cannot regulat everyone because of the weakness of others...

I personall smoke out...ALOT...I take meds cuz Im bi-polar (among other things), but those drugs are acceptable? Cnnabinods are one of the greatest medicines on this planet, yet it's outlawed due to old propaganda and rascist views (red the histpry of the illegalization of marijuna in the us). If I didnt smoke I would be a hig-stung mess. My mind NEVER slows down at all. I would never sleep, eat or stop...I've been there before...I like myself better this way.

Stress SHOULD motivate us...your living alife of fear. Fear of failing.

Not everyone wants to live long full "meaninful" lives.

Sorry this post is so disorganized...I'm a bit scattered today.
Nov. 14th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
drugs legalized...
No, your post is not disorganized. You expressed yourself very well. :o)

Perhaps you're right when you say stress is a form the fear of failing, but I believe it's good to have feelings of stress, and fears of failing, because we tend to try harder against failure, and if in the end we still fail, at least we gave it a try.

I've given thought about having drugs legalized, but I just don't know. I do realize that it would put a screeching halt on a lot of murders, but then, there would be more addicts than ever.

I realize that marijuana is used for medical problems, and if it alleviates what ever ails the person is fine. But I feel that marijuana has a great chance for some users to later become addicted to heroin, cocaine, and whatever other drug killers are out there.

I see so many panhandlers out in the streets wanting money for drugs or alcohol, and it breaks my heart to see them as I do. How in the world can they find jobs, if drugs or alcohol is the most important thing in their lives?

Yes, I also believe we should have the right to do whatever we please with our lives and our bodies, but why choose to do something like drugs, which will make life much more difficult?

I’ve never heard of Cnnabinods before. Prescribed medication is the only option for bipolar, or what ever else ails us, and should be taken as prescribed by a physician.

Hugs, and I wish you well!
Nov. 14th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Syringe exchange programs have been shown to decrease the the prevalence of disease by a statistically significant ammount. I cannot remember the exact figures but if pressed Ic an find the info. It is much cheaper to pay for a clean needle than it is to pay for the treatment of HIV or Hepatitis C. Unfortunately our state refuses to even consider the option because it is "encouraging addicts to use". However they also refuse to put more money into tratment programs which makes absolutely no sense.
Nov. 14th, 2006 06:08 pm (UTC)
If those new needle programs have shown ...
If those new needle programs have shown a decrease to these horrible diseases, then why are states against it? Could it be INSANELY possible that a multi-billion dollar industry would be lost forever?!

I wonder how much money would be lost, if this war on drugs would be WON? How is it possible that man has been sent to the moon and a solution to this most devastating problem can't be found? And how is it possible that cloning is not possible, yet, there isn’t a cure for drug and alcohol addiction?

It would be most informative it you could find those figures.
Nov. 14th, 2006 05:42 pm (UTC)
I believe that if there really is a "War on Drugs" and they want to win it, there is only one way to win it: Mandatory immediate execusion for anyone caught with illegal drugs. No appeal, no exceptions. I guaranty that within 20 years drug use and trafficking will end in the United States.

People who abuse drugs are weak, stupid, and/or unimaginative. They can't have a good time without geting "wasted", which is an appropriate term.
Nov. 14th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
that is the dumbest thing i ever heard.
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Nov. 14th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
Drug use is a bad option for stress relief but it is used just for that many times. You will never stop people from making it, selling it or using it, but we can educate people and I think that is where you have to start and start with kids. They are the ones easily influenced and coerced by peers and thugs selling. I am not for passing out clean needles or condoms to fight the AIDS epidemic. Sorry did not mean to get on my soap box. I don't do drugs, do social drink and used to smoke. I have been around drugs and seen what it will do to the life of an innocent person. It sucks!! I like the quote.
Nov. 14th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
I love you getting on your soap box! :o)
I love you getting on your soap box! :o)

I feel much more money should be spent on this problem, and as you mentioned, education is a great start.

I do believe free new needles, and condoms would help a great deal in preventing a little more unwanted pregnancies, and diseases. No matter how much parents teach their children about these things, many go astray. There are just too many bad people out there, who could care less what lives they destroy for a buck, and will do everything in their power to try and lure kids to their deadly devils brew. Way too many of them are not saying NO to drugs.

What these people should realize is that life cannot be a bed of roses every time; this is why tears were invented, to wash away the pain, and start anew!
Nov. 14th, 2006 06:24 pm (UTC)
I don't do drugs unless they are prescribed by a phys.
I do drink coffee.
I did smoke.

I've never tried anything illegal, not about to.

I have mixed feelings about the war on drugs.

Right now the end of those feelings is a quite determined feeling that we are fighting a losing battle.

I don't like that.
Nov. 16th, 2006 12:27 am (UTC)
It is obvious that "JUST SAY NO!" just didn't do it for many.

So heartbreaking!
Nov. 14th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
Um, ya.

Comparing all drug use as the trip to "starting a whole new life of living in a feces infested sewer" is sort of unrealistic extremeism. It's like stating that anybody who has ever eaten fast food will end up obese and dieing of heart disease. There are plenty of people who will do drugs (not to mention cigarettes and alcohol) in which it will never affect their lives with disfunction or health issues.

Reasons for doing such vary. Escapism being the big one. To deal with stress, escape, or simply as a form of entertainment. I've also known artists to take them for creativity purposes and for others for spirtual reasons.

Then you can look at the reasons for why they were outlawed to begin with. Hemp was causeing competition to the early synthetic materials of the day and was outlawed due to hearst yellow journalism. Cocaine, which is also a medical drug, was made perscription only because people west of the Missisippi where doctors were scarce were self medicating and the AMA wanted their money. For that matter, most of our troubles with alcohol came from prohibition. Although I'm sure there were plenty of drunks before prohibition, prohibition and the resulting "drug culture" that came about because of it created the American binge drinking habits (not to mention organized crime).

That being said, I don't think all drugs are equal. Some such as pot and lsd are fairly benign and probalby less harmful to the user and others than alcohol or cigarettes. Others such as "needle drugs" can be much more harmful because the risk of addiction can be much greater. Even then, for reasons of biology and psychology, some people are much more susceptible to addiction than others.
Nov. 15th, 2006 01:24 am (UTC)
Second most of these comments. Add that psych drugs are a massive industry in the US and not frowned upon in the least - as a matter of fact most Americans I know would rather just swallow a pill than go and talk something out with a counselor.

Add also that hallucinogens have played and play major though controlled roles in building communities amongst indian tribes.

Little connection exists between marijuana and say, meth - other than illegality.
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
People take drugs for all sorts of reasons, and they take all sorts of drugs. That's their choice, and no one else's business. If taking those drugs impairs their ability to function, that's their problem. If they harm someone else, that ought to be punished - because of the harm, and not because they were under the influence.

The war on drugs is as useless now as alcohol prohibition was before it. And as you note, the drug business is awash in money and corruption. Get rid of the war on drugs, and much of that goes away.
Nov. 15th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
I believe it’s everybody’s business ...
I believe it’s everybody’s business when it comes to drugs, including and especially the government.

These people’s irresponsible behavior affect innocent peoples live, when they get behind the wheel of a car, while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. When they end up killing an innocent victim, what good is it going to do the dead person, to have the person responsible for the death, punished?

And what if the guy, high on dope or drunk survives and becomes a vegetable? Who’s going to pay to have him institutionalized for the rest of his life? We, the tax payers!

You know how against I am about government getting into our private lives, but when it comes to drunk drivers and drug users high on drugs and behind the wheel of a vehicle, putting our lives in danger, I believe the government should have every right to meddle.
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:20 pm (UTC)
I never got into drugs either, despite having family that would have bought me them had I wanted them. Jst because you grow up being surrounded by drug users, doesnt mean you have to do them yourself, its a personal choice and I dont feel a bit sorry for the people that fuck up their lives by doing them.

I do agree needles should be given out freely.

I also think pot should be legal, would put plenty O drug dealers out of business if it were.

Nov. 16th, 2006 12:33 am (UTC)
You are right by saying that it's a personal choice to do or not do drugs.

Please feel sorry for them, because they were weak in the first place, to have ever tried them in the first place, and most likely, they will die very young, and it will be all over, but not for the person's family. They are the ones who will carry the pain for the rest of their lives.

Free clean needles should be available for them, to stop the spread of AIDS.

About making drugs legal, I'm still very much confused about this issue.
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Nov. 15th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Clean needles mean
Absolutely. Clean needles mean less chances of contracting AIDS. I just can't understand why some people can't see it.
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Re: Clean needles mean - playgirl - Nov. 15th, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 14th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Speaking as the relative of an addict, more than one, actually...
Think of your need for food. It isn't something -you- make the conscientious decision to originate. Even folks who are addicted to binging/purging -have- to eat.

Addictive drugs have the ability to supplant the chemical feeling of -need- for things the body doesn't actually require. It's that simple. No doubt some people have a higher likelihood to be hooked by a particular drug, or even several.

As to how a person takes a drug of one kind or another for the first time? -Most- of the illegal drugs in question have at one time or another been in fashion as being okay. Some of the more addictive ones are even legal in the present day, nor would making them illegal lessen demand for them. Fear or getting caught or even killed does absolutely -nothing- to deter addiction.
Furthermore, since several drugs have "good" surface side-effects, warnings for addiction are often ignored.

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Nov. 16th, 2006 03:34 pm (UTC)
True, everyone's system is different, and this is why drugs should never be taken in the first place.

I believe there's such a thing as an addictive personality. Some people can drink to be sociable, while others become alcoholics.

I suppose there are many who have done drugs on a few occasions, and have not been hooked, but there are many who have. So, why experiment with the most prized possession we have; our bodies and our lives?

I look around me, and I see to many people’s lives destroyed because of drugs. So I came to the conclusion long ago that drugs are the devil’s pawn.

Nov. 14th, 2006 09:34 pm (UTC)
i've never smoked, drank or done any drugs whatsoever. i'm what you would call a straight-edger.

there has been drug and alcohol abuse in my family and when you see the horrors of it firsthand, drugs and booze lose its glamour and appeal in my opinion.

people turn to drugs and booze for a multitude of reasons and by the time many of them realize they have a problem, it's usually too late. i think it is possible to win the war on drugs but it would take a massive overhaul in what we're doing now.

but said overhaul probably won't ever happen because as you so accurately stated, too many people are making too much money on the problem.

but that's my two cents on the matter.
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
I realize this is a stupid thought on my part, but how is it possible that a cure, such as a pill or an injection, hasn't been invented to instantly cure an addict from drugs, alcohol and cigarettes?

I have a girlfriend whose father is an alcoholic, and she has never touched a drop of alcohol for fear of becoming one herself. She says the whole family suffered terribly because of the dad's addiction to alcohol.
Nov. 14th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, your view of drugs and of the people who use them is entirely unfounded and childish. Yes, there are drugs out there that destroy lives (cocaine, pcp, meth, etc) but there are drugs out there that aren't even addictive (marijuana has no known chemically addictive qualities), and a slew of them that, if not abused, have no known harmful side effects while the side effects of marijuana have proven to have true medicinal use (pain relief, increase in appetite, etc.). If you are going to write about drugs and your views on them, perhaps you should go out and research the topic a little more, please. I enjoy your posts, but this one just seems like a childish rant rehashing government reasons for keeping the War on (other) Drugs and the American People going in the first place.
Nov. 14th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
Marijuana is emotionally addictive. If you don't believe it try to get a pot head to quit smokin.
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Nov. 14th, 2006 11:28 pm (UTC)
On this issue you are right on the money.
Nov. 16th, 2006 02:16 am (UTC)
I do believe
Thank you inspectorjury. I do believe I'm right about this one.
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