Figurinitout is exactly right (except for voting republican Haha just joking). I read an article that said "The War on Drugs is the longest and greatest policy failure in the history of the US." I cannot believe that there are people that actually think that putting more restrictions on prescript
ion drugs will make them harder for drug abusers to get, or cause there to be less drug abuse. The only thing that this hurts is the legitimate pain patients who have more difficulty getting their medications or are under treated because doctors are afraid to treat them in the way that they KNOW to be the proper medical way, due to pressure from the DEA. The DEA is causing people to suffer. Drug users will do their thing no matter what. But because pain patients go through the legitimate channels, which have become more and more constricted due to harsher legislation and DEA pressure, it becomes impossible for all of the pain patients to 'get through the now narrow channels.' Drug users, on the other hand, are willing to go outside these channels and that is why they will always obtain their drugs, legitimate patients, however, follow the rules, and because of that, they are the ones who suffer. The War on Drugs is one of the most foolish and futile excercises ever committed by the US government. It causes pain to the people who are arrested due to violating the puritanical drug laws that say that no one can ingest a substance because the government feels it is too dangerous. It causes pain to those peoples families. It causes pain to the victims of those tempted into joining gangs swollen with drug money that is available only because of an artificial black market created by the War on Drugs. It causes pain to the victims of gang violence related to those gangs when they war with each other. It causes pain to patients who are unable to find proper relief because their doctor has been intimidated by an overzealous government agency attempting in vain to rid the world of 'the scourge of drugs.' And there are so many more examples. People need to understand, and I dont see how it is not an absolute no-brainer, that it is better for a doctor to be fooled into giving drugs to 10 drug addicts pretending to be in pain, than to neglect to treat the pain of one patient who is truly suffering because he is afraid that he may be aiding someone in 'GETTING HIGH O NO! OMG! THE WORLD MIGHT END!" I cannot see how the people who make up the DEA can say in good conscience that it is better to not treat some people who are suffering than to give away some drugs to a drug addict (who will certainly find the drugs anyway, and may even be driven to commiting a crime to attain them). It is simply something I cannot compehend.
I hope that people who read this post understand what I am saying and agree with me, and if you didnt agree before you read it, I hope that maybe I changed your mind (or at least softened your opinion a little bit). I hope that you guys go and spread this to other people so that they understand how unjust the situation is to chronic pain patients, and for what? To try and stop people from changing their state of mind, why do these people feel that they must take this puritanical view that it is worth it to cause all of the suffering I mentioned above merely to stop people from changing their state of mind? Dont ask me, I really dont understand it.
Good luck to everybody, I hope that you understand what I was saying there, and most importantly, I hope that everyone has a pain-free day,
Post Edited (Circa1988) : 9/17/2007 11:59:29 PM (GMT-6)