(or, I Declare War) Pathologized, Criminalized, Shat on, Spat on, Demonized, Disenfranchised, Denied FDA/USDA protections, Ostracized, Shunned, Stabbed in the back, Gossiped about, Denied help, Jailed, Killed, or otherwise dead

Shunned, Stabbed in the back, Gossiped about, Denied help, Jailed, Killed, or otherwise dead
The Daily Beast: New Laws Force Drug Users Into Rehab Against Their Will

The Daily Beast: New Laws Force Drug Users Into Rehab Against Their Will. 

Story (A Creeping Declaration of War (squared))

Seems Pence signed such a law in Indiana in 2015. Thus ensuring, as if it there were not enough already, an implacable political enemy on this end. Making the bar for ‘civil commitment’ incredibly low, and increasing times allowed (up to 90 days). If the only criterion is using to the point of unconsciousness, well, that applies to every non broke alcoholic 99% of the days of their lives. There are waiting lists for voluntary treatment already. The article says addiction specialists are barred by their organizations code of ethics from participation in involuntary treatment. Civil commitment goes on your background check, with a range of consequences, and is nigh impossible to expunge. You can challenge after a few days of confinement, but you never win (stacked judicial deck). Even a few days commitment could cause loss of livelihood. In some places people booked under these laws are being sent to jails because there is no space in treatment. Read the article for ALL (ha) the ugly details.

Declaration of War (squared)

Meanwhile people moan about the opioid epidemic. Tell you something I learned from erowid.org back in high school: it is IMPOSSIBLE to ensure an even distribution of the fentanyl booster in powder. You cannot sift it finely enough. The dose is so small, even the tiniest flake that slips through unbroken can mean overdose. It was bad enough that people could never know what dose/% they were getting with heroin. Would a legally regulated market reduce overdoses? You bet. Meanwhile, Portugal decriminalized small possession (up to a ’10 day supply’) of ALL drugs in 2005(?) and have seen their drug problem improve. (You can still get a ticket, lose your dope, and be referred (but not forced) to treatment). I, of course, am in favor of blanket legalization, including sales … How to ensure purity and consistency without FDA/USDA regulation is a separate question from professionally produced and labelled retail sales.

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2 responses to “(or, I Declare War) Pathologized, Criminalized, Shat on, Spat on, Demonized, Disenfranchised, Denied FDA/USDA protections, Ostracized, Shunned, Stabbed in the back, Gossiped about, Denied help, Jailed, Killed, or otherwise dead

  1. The National Association for Model State Drug Laws http://www.namsdl.org/partners-and-links.cfm
    Incidentally lists ALEC on that page (american legislative exchange council) who have had many highly critical stories against them in the real media (this american life, for instance I think) was just thinking that this had ALECs fingerprints all over it. An effort to oppress and torment a (relatively) voiceless outgroup; par for the course for the right (and some democrats). I have not yet been able to confirm ALECs nefarious fingers in this, and have other shit to do today, but I will not allow this profit-driven oppression to stand. Oppressing and tormenting the people because of twisted fundie/corporate morality, the standard MO. The war here is against the ‘evil’ multistate legislative conspiracy to destroy civil liberties and manipulate and coerce people and societies, not Pence per se. (i put evil in scare quotes because I believe it is a nonsense circular concept which only can be made sense of by a ridiculous belief in a supreme evil being. Or, as Starhawk put it in one book, without explanation “As a witch, technically I am not supposed to believe in evil, but sometimes the world and politics makes it very difficult”)

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