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THE DICHOTOMY OF OUR DRUG CULTURE

Posted by Tim Bryce on December 14, 2015

BRYCE ON DRUG ADDICTION

– Why are we sending mixed signals to the American public?

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The media has recently been producing various programs regarding the addictive powers of drugs such as heroin. For example, last month, CBS’ 60 Minutes had a segment on “Heroin in the Heartland,” describing how heroin is now being embraced in suburbia by seemingly ordinary people. Whereas most Americans thought of heroin as an urban problem, the show reveals its use is blossoming throughout the country by stable adults, exceptional students, and gifted high school athletes. The story contends addiction is becoming a pervasive problem throughout the country. Other news outlets have also been describing similar stories about heroin addiction, including the New York Times, and Fox News. As the cost of the drug goes down, it is rapidly being embraced by the middle class.

Meanwhile, President Obama has called for a reform of our criminal justice system by ordering the release of non-violent drug offenders. This may very well lead to decriminalization of drug offenses. On the campaign trail, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has called for relaxing drug regulations at the federal level. However, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, advocates decriminalization.

At the same time, many states are considering the legalization of marijuana, either for medicinal or recreational purposes, such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, and the District of Colombia. A number of other states have decriminalized the possession of marijuana in small amounts. In a recent Gallup poll, it was found that 58% of Americans now back legal marijuana use.

Drug proponents applaud these efforts and tout this as an indicator the country is moving in the right direction. Libertarians and others have long supported the idea of decriminalizing drugs and pardoning all nonviolent drug offenders.

So we have to live with an interesting paradox; whereas our culture seems to be heading towards the open acceptance of drugs, we are just now beginning to understand the dangers of addiction. For years now, scientists have claimed such drugs cause organic brain disease, that they will physically change our brain. Unfortunately, there are many in the country who simply do not accept this or couldn’t care less. Further, after several years of the “War on Drugs,” Americans no longer believe it is a war that can be won. In a recent Rasmussen study, only 10% of American Adults believe the United States is winning the war on drugs. The argument thereby becomes, “If you cannot beat them, why not join them?” Frankly, we have been fighting a war with one arm tied behind our back. Our weak immigration laws and border protection is such that drug dealers have opened a superhighway to our country.

Gallup also posted two other surveys of interest, and possibly related, finding “More Americans Say Crime Is Rising in U.S.” and our moral values are declining. They do not make a direct connection to drug addiction, but the coincidence is too remarkable to simply dismiss.

As an aside, heroin has contributed to the deaths of many entertainers over the years. Notables including Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ray Charles, Kurt Cobain, John Belushi, Janis Joplin, and many others. It has devastated not just a generation of American jazz musicians, but rock and roll as well.

Whereas the president and the Democrats want to decriminalize drugs, I claim the laws are not tough enough. More importantly, how are we trying to help people fight their addiction? If you want to free up space in prisons, let’s start by helping people get off junk and other drugs.

Deep down, we all know drugs such as heroin are dangerous, but somehow we believe we have a God given right to use them regardless of the consequences. The mixed signals we are sending the American public is confusing people. Do we or don’t we believe drug abuse is evil? Personally, I see this as simply another indicator of the decline of our culture.

Related article –
“Medicinal Marijuana as a Trojan Horse” – Mar 12, 2014

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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4 Responses to “THE DICHOTOMY OF OUR DRUG CULTURE”

  1. Wayne Brown said

    I agree with you, Tim–the current laws are just not tough enough. The Liberals take this stand on drugs then totally reverse that position on guns. Totally inconsistent. If that approach will work with drugs, then why not guns? I have never used drugs; I never had any desire or curiosity mainly because my mother instilled a fear in me about them early on in life that remains with me today. If the “fear” has never been created in the young mind, then curiosity is going to rule the day, especially if the price is affordable. Heroin has no redeeming value that I am aware of–it destroys people and their lives. The same can be said of synthetic drugs like “meth”. When i see what meth does to people, I wonder if they were insane in the first place to have even thought of using it. The Progressive Socialists of this nation (count Obama, Hillary, and Sanders among them) want a passive, apathetic society. Drugs deliveries the “sheep”. If they show up “disarmed”, all the better! If the “Baby Boomer Generation” created a follow-on generation or two that fully embraces drug use and liberal ideas, then conservatism is lost on this nation as is sanity. There is no concern for that viewpoint among these folks either in that they have been educated to believe that the darkest evils live the capitalist society–an economy that gives them all their bells and whistles and they still curse it only to embrace the “romance” of drugs and socialism. Somewhere along the line, the concept of “intelligence” has been totally reworked and mama’s words of caution are lost in the sound of silence. One thing has not changed, bad decisions yield bad consequences some of which become unbearable. No one is going to protect these people from the evils of the drugs they do. When that part shows up–they are on their own. ~WB

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