Remember Nancy Reagan on TV saying, “Just say no!” with the drug issue in the USA during her husband’s administration? it was when the luxury drug of cocaine was watered down to produce the crack epidemic that stained the streets and lives of American citizens. fast forward to 2017 where I guess the president now wants the death penalty for opioid drug dealers?
unlike the fallout of the 2008 bank scandals, are they now going to prosecute and kill of CEO of major pharmaceutical companies, lobbyists, and politicians that allowed the epidemic to happen, in addition to narco-traffickers? or like the bank mess, is the problem, “too big to prosecute?”
it is more rhetoric in a country where personal accountability is as common as common sense anymore. I am not sure if it was Malaysia or Indonesia that gave me a passport stamp upon entry that basically tells everyone, “the sentence for dealing drugs is death.”
it appears the government really has forgotten the needs of its people with the monetization of industry and special industry. who really started the issue with the opioid epidemic in the usa? was it the heroin dealers from Mexico, the golden triangle, or Afghanistan? or was it big pharma profiting off the idea that if you prescribe a pain pill for anything and treat the symptoms and not the illness – you technically create a legal way to pedal drugs under the guise of “but it is legal!”
just because it is legal, does not mean it is good. do some people need pain medicine, absolutely. do people need to be hooked on opioids and destroy their lives and the people closest to them? I pray never, but that is not the reality of the drugs.
ever talk to someone that went through heroin and any other addiction that came out the other side alive? what I found was as I was listening to the story, it sounded as if it was a fictional account and a great horror story someone was telling me that they made up – and yet when you looked into their eyes as they seemed to go back and remember the past – you realized it was a non-fiction telling of some events in the darkness of such drugs. perhaps that is why my personal path of prayer and meditation is to go sit in silence and work out that path versus what I am hearing from a lot of folks taking empathogens to be enlightened and/or have a new experience. the heroin junkie all seem to say the same thing, “the first time I did it, it was as I found the most amazing and profound experience of my life…it was my friend…little did I know that over time, my friend was controlling and slowly trying to kill me.”
so let’s get back to the “death penalty” for the USA drug dealers of opioids. first. the logic of the death penalty really makes no sense when you add up all the court costs of litigation versus housing a prisoner. what does it do is make an emotional play for the herd of people that might believe in an eye for an eye mentality? I don’t know, as the further, I get into this spiritual walk, the more I am trying to learn to forgive anyone – even if they offend me for no reason. (sounds odd no? 25 years ago I would have been more like what it appears in the climate inside the current white house with the competitive backstabbing and power grabs with people acting foolish and not even realizing their hearts and souls are rotting away)
sorry, I digressed a bit and god only knows if I am changing much. what I am noticing and particularly with this one project for inner work with people. we are hoping that the use of technology to wean people off the noise of the world and all the various pills we tend to take for comfort and masking of any emotional and/or physical pain in people’s lives, might get them to a space where they have a moment of clarity and look back and ask, “why was I doing this? that was insane/stupid/foolish/(insert emotional negative feeling)” and instead of moving out in the world where everything outside of themselves gets judged or critiqued – people might realize the only think they really can change – is themselves. of course those wanting more stuff/power/lust/feel-good-i-tis and a life that has no pain – will continue on their journey to avoid their own pain, but make life miserable for others, instead of asking, “what was I doing?”
perhaps this is what makes life so fascinating for me anymore. it is a list of questions and trying to find technology ways to get people to go beyond the momentary need to have a pill mentality and actually change to a space where no pills are needed (outside of actual medical reasons)
but instead of trying to bust opioid dealers. of which it is doubtful the actual high end dealers will ever get caught – why not go after the pushers of the pill mentality of prescription drugs inside the USA? why not get people to start being accountable for themselves and thinking some pill, government handout, or someone else will solve their problem?
when I was in New Mexico, I heard tons of radio ads for a drug overdose solution for opioid overdose. the small print in the ad was it was state money and the drug company running the seeming onslaught of advertising spots.
it is a bit like the industrialized military complex. do the industrialized pharmaceutical complex really want people to get healthy and clean?
sadly, there is too much profit in people’s misery and pain medication. the legal pharma dwarfs the illegal side, yet, who is really noticing?
I had to laugh a bit reading that out of the top ten cities in the world for cocaine residue in wastewater, the tiny country that houses a lot of the worlds pharmaceutical giants had 5 cities on the list. coincidence? or do drugs make so much money that the bankers inside a country that is hailed as having one of the best drug policies on the planet, have a great deal of wealth and instead of putting sugar in their cafe crema - they put high-grade white powder in? (i honestly think the reason they rank so high is that they measure their water quality and components to a higher level than the vast majority of the world. although i have heard in nyc, narcotics officers can monitor the wastewater of buildings to find where drug labs might be.)
last I knew cocaine was not a legal drug except in some s. American areas where people use it for a medicinal purpose, not to get high.
· had to fact check, in the usa the total legal pharma market is about $450 billion per year (I was astounded) the total illegal pharma market is over $100 billion per year. no matter how you try to rationalize this as “ok” you also have the alcohol, tobacco and other markets not included.
· total usa alcoholic beverage market in the usa is over $220 billion a year
· total usa cigarette market in the usa is ironically – hard to find – you can get statistics on tonnage, number of cigarettes, marketing and branding amounts (9-10 billion a year) but not the total sales amounts for the country. why is that? here is a wsj article that says usa revenue is $93.4 billion (cigarettes sold fell 40%, so they raised prices to make more money/profit. this sounds like a professional sports team model)
· there is a feeling of bigger is better in the usa, but when will the country wake up and stop thinking bigger bodies, consuming more drugs and food – is a good thing?
· the aforementioned post, is just a guy writing, whose mind started wondering how big these markets are, and in a sense is shocked how big the legal and illegal drug and “vice’ market really is inside the country that has 5% of the globes population, yet consumes about 25% of the globes resources.