I hear people say: “America should legalize all drugs because Portugal did it and everything was fine.” Actually, that’s not true. It’s time to look at exactly what Portugal did in relation to their drug problem and what the result was.
There’s a common opinion among those who are addicted that they are only hurting themselves. This is far from the truth but it can be hard to convince the addicted person because of the effects of the drugs or alcohol on their responsibility and morality.
Recently, I wrote an article about two drug dealers arrested with enough fentanyl to kill everyone in New Jersey and New York City. This turned out to be an incredibly hot topic with readers because of the brief jail sentences they received. Should they actually have been charged with domestic terrorism?
There are many loudly-vocal advocates who claim that the only solution to our drug problem is to make drugs legal, or to at least decriminalize them. Why would this be a disastrously bad idea?
Illicit drug dealers have long given their drugs catchy nicknames in the hopes of luring customers back to buy more of a particular product. But when they nicknamed a combination of opioids “gray death,“ that was a grim predictor of the overdose deaths to result from this product.
Our headlines are peppered with news about opioids, marijuana and recently, stimulants like cocaine and methamphetamine.
We all want an enjoyable world to live in, one in which we feel free to plan our futures. Too many people fail to realize that for millions, alcohol is ruining any possibility of a pleasant, enjoyable future.
It can take years for a family to realize that all the problems they are seeing in a loved one’s life add up to addiction. Even when they do know, they often don’t realize the incredible risks their loved one takes each day by injecting uncontrolled illicit drugs.
The CDC maintains a running tally of the number of lives lost to drug overdoses in the United States. The last few months, a chart of these numbers is nearly flat, showing a pause in the rampant increases of prior months. Why isn’t this totally fabulous news?
In Delaware and Louisiana, recent legislation has been enacted to fight each state’s problem with opioids. But is legislation—no matter how effective—going to enable us to eliminate our problem with addiction and overdose deaths?