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.