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“Oh, jab me with your needle a hundred times And a hundred times I will bless you, Saint Morphine”
– Jules Verne (1828 – 1905)
I have spend several hours today surfing the web through various Favorites sites I’ve accumulated over the past couple years dealing with drugs, drug policy, and the war on drugs. Surfing though Favorites every so often is much like reviewing one’s bookshelf, and scimming through a dusty little paperback one’s forgotten is resting there.
I see absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying an evening at home while using opioids with one’s friends. I find it an entirely lovely way to live. The downside has nothing to do with the intrinsic nature of the drug’s injected and everything to do with the prohibitive context within which such drug using is categorized. We could be arrested. The cost of our drugs is extraordinarily inflated due to their illigality. Yet as a pure experience, using drugs creates a very comfortable zone within which one resides.
It galls me to the core that society regards this lovely evening at home with partner and friends as problematic, illegal even. The only risk is a risk to ourselves due to drug adulterants implicit within illicit distribution. We present no threat to anyone.
People chill out at home while sitting in front of their televisions. We chill out at home while sitting and using morphine. Why cannot we obtain our morphine from legitimate medical presciption, thereby removing the danger of developing illicit markets as a societal reality? Surely it is in the interest of all that we could be thusly prescribed. There is no medical reason why we should be prohibited from taking our chosen anti-depressent anxiety reliever.
“That individuals may take morphine or some other opiate for 20 years or more without showing intellectual or moral deterioration is a common experience of physicians”
– Dr Lawrence Kolb, US Assistant Surgeon General, 1925
There was a time when doctors well recognized the benificial and benign properties of opioids. They saw their role as rightly enabling persons with depedencies ready access to pure supplies. They saw no need to restrict dependent persons from continued use. They rightly were concerned with preventing depedencies, but understood that was achieveable with education, rather than incarceration. And for those who progressed to a dependency condition, then they understood it needed to be managed, and that doing so was the desired heath option in such circumstances. Somehow this knowledge has been lost, and is completely turned upside down.
In whose interests is it that opioid drugs are highly restricted within legitimate markets, and rampantly available in unrestrictable illicit markets? Certainly it is not in the public’s interest – both the non-using public and the using public. Some people are getting phenomenal wealth from illicit drug trafficing, and many government agencies now depend upon the existence of the illicit drug trade for their raison-d’etre. Is it too much to say that it is in the interest of of police agencies that opioid drugs are illegal, except in highly restrictive medical situations.
I feel that opioids should be legitimately available to me without my having to suffer from cancer in order for them to be so. I reject the fact that I must be in injury-caused agony in order to qualify for a few milligrams of morphine. I assert my right to seek well being as an active desire, rather than as a reactive response to pain-causing conditions.
“Narcotics have been systematically scapegoated and demonized. The idea that anyone can use drugs and escape a horrible fate is an anathema to these idiots. I predict that in the near future right-wingers will use drug hysteria as a pretext to set up an international police apparatus.”
– William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997)
Clarity of thought. I’m already dependent, so I might just extend this evening a little longer with another hit so I can cozy curl up in bed with a good book and nod and nod and nod at time or two…
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