I’m Tired of Shouting at the Rain

July 1, 2011

I have written before about the scourge of new designer drug’s that mimic the high of marijuana, cocaine, and hallucinogens. That does not include the prescription drugs that are over prescribed and creating addicts from the genetically willing and those in legitimate pain.

To be sure, Ohio has had a response under the current Republican administration including the Governor and the General Assembly. Governor Kasich has signed an emergency bill shutting down pill mills while the General Assembly passed a bill to stop today’s and tomorrow’s designer drugs.

Still, these attempts are following a familiar script. Conservatives favor interdiction while ignoring treatment.

Under the new budget which the Columbus Dispatch calls historic. Historic under the pretense that balancing the budget on the backs of the middle class and poor qualifies as historic, the Republicans have slashed the funds for alcohol and drug treatment.

Therefore, those who are trying to quit a disease called addiction will have little or no support. Interdiction can work. But it must be followed by treatment so the addict does not become cross addicted to another drug or find a more safe way to obtain their drug of choice.

In the end, it’s treatment, treatment, treatment.

Once again, I find myself shouting at the rain.

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One Response to I’m Tired of Shouting at the Rain

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    Michael P.No Gravatar says:

    It was once said in regard to gun control that ‘when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns’
    Well I for one am on board with you brother. When doctors that run pill mills are put on notice that they will NOT practice medicine of this sort and keep their license, and will face criminal charges unless they cease and desist, we will affect change. Then addicts will have to go back to the streets from whence they came, and decide for themselves if its really worth it. I know it wasn’t for me.

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