I do truly wonder how long it will be before people put reality before fantasy when handling public policy. The war on drug has been a spectacular failure of fundamentalism influencing the political sphere. Millions of people have died, that alone is tragic but to have it for something as harmless as drugs is mind blowing.
I know to call drugs harmless might seem nonsensical because they do quite literally harm people, but so does driving a car or lying out in the sun for longer than a brief period of time. Most human beings are given the remarkable gift of choice, our brains develop to a point where we can examine the dangers of a situation and we can decide whether we wish to be involved in that situation.
Drugs can be addicting, this has been proven time and again by many studies. But so too can substances we don’t commonly call drugs, sugar for one is highly addictive. People show the same signs to sugar withdrawal as they would to numerous hard drugs. Prescription drugs are most certainly addicting if you use anything beyond the listed dosage and for some of the more potent pain killers it doesn’t even require anything more than the minimum dose.
As far as I recall this is in part because these are either based or use derivatives of opium. If a drug is legal and people become addicted and wish to quit they can find any number of groups to help them quit. Similarly if you find yourself craving sugar you can find people to help you get away from it. These options are available and they are comforting.
When a drug is illegal your options are cold turkey, which basically doesn’t work, or watching your life fall apart. But why does it fall apart? It falls apart because of another grave addiction, a many thousands of year old addiction to fantasy. The desire to rule the lives of others because of strong feelings.
The more of this you do the more your brain becomes dependent on it and if you ever do try to quit you’ll find it quite hard if not impossible. It’ll seem so sensible, so rational, so perfect, just like Alcohol or Heroine.
And while it might not literally ruin the users life, it does on the grand scale ruin the lives of others. Perhaps not because of any particular individual user, but because of the momentum of the larger politically involved unit.
It’s tragic really, to read constantly about the deaths of so many innocent people, to know of the nightmares many thousands or millions more suffer through, for no better reason than to stroke the phallus of fundamentalism.