Heroin: Now Extra Scary

From the front page of the local Sunday newspaper, an article on the re-emergence of heroin on the drug scene.  Heroin is definitely bad news… and the article profiles several families dealing with the loss of a college age child due to heroin overdose.

Here’s the part that had my hair standing on end – a quote from an investigator/bureaucrat dealing with drug use in our state: “It’s a frightening trend.  It’s frightening because it’s impacting young people with promising futures.”

Right.  It was ok so long as it was just taking out the known druggies, the losers, the homeless, the street people – but HOLY FUCKING SHIT people, it’s NOW KILLING WHITE KIDS IN SUBURBS!  We’ve got a serious crisis on our hands… [end rant]

Bring us more drugs, Jeeves...

Bring us more drugs, Jeeves...

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23 thoughts on “Heroin: Now Extra Scary

  1. The legislative crew rarely understands or considers anything that doesn’t impact them or their biggest donors.
    I am so thankful I never got into drugs. The devastation they create ranks up there with a nuclear bomb. The personal fallout is tremendous and far ranging.

  2. the Gov’t is playing whack-a-mole with drugs… Heroin is just the latest.
    The folks at Exponents in NYC will tell you all you want to know about the high-functioning addicts on Wall Street. Right up into the boardroom. The notion that heroin or meth or FITB Drug of the Moment is a “killer” is just selling papers and building budgets.

  3. I am going to offer what might seem like a cold-hearted take on this “issue”.

    I have long wondered about the reasoning behind the US “war on drugs”. After how many decades, what is the success percentage? Pretty damned low, I think, if not negative. Why do those “in authority” figure it is so important to make illicit drugs unavailable when, in so doing, they make illicit drugs not only more attractive but also a lucrative trade?

    That whole issue aside, and more immediate to the linked newspaper article, I wonder what motivates people – young people in particular – to try illicit drugs. What void in their lives are they attempting to fill by using mind and/or conscious altering substances?

    On the surface, yes it does appear that these kids have everything going for them. But what if their “apparent success” is really just a fraud? What if what they are doing in their lives, be it education, extra-curricular activities, or whatever, is in direct desire to satisfy the wishes of their parents? And what if it’s not really what they want to be doing with their lives? Would that drive someone to try something new? Especially something comes with such an element of contrived danger? How empty must your life be to move you to try something known to be so dangerous? What is causing this emptiness in the first place? Is it the culture?

    From time immemorial, the younger generation has always rebelled against the older generations. It seems to be biological or something. Perhaps it’s nature’s way of ensuring that our offspring seek and obtain their independence from us, their parents. Certainly, if you look back on human history, it might be hard to deny that our current generation of parents has been the one to hold onto their offspring in the most possessive and smothering a fashion as there ever was, reluctant to let go.

    Back to the drug issue, what if the prevailing culture was more open and understanding? Yes, even permissive when it comes to mind altering substances? What if, instead of the dire consequences as presented in DARE programs, there was more education? Tips and hints on how to use the substances without killing oneself? What if there were less stigma attached to illicit drugs? What if the legal penalties were not so harsh or even non-existent?

    It’s long been my position that if someone – regardless of race, colour, creed or social status – wants to spend their life in an alternate reality, then that’s their business. Their choice. We don’t police alcholics. Mostly because their “drug” of choice is legal. What’s the difference then?

    I don’t claim to have any answers to this. All I can conclude is that the evidence, as reported, seems to imply that what has been done and is being done is not working.

  4. Well said, Rob. Kids are attracted to the illegal. Much of the damage done by drugs is done by the impurities added by the criminals who manufacture the drugs. Bring them under the umbrella of the FDA, add a Government tax and sell them cheap. Usage would drop, the associated crime would drop and the damage to kids would drop.

    Sorry, daisyfae, I shouldn’t rant on another’s blog.

  5. Part of the problem is that heroin is now so potent that it can be sniffed. Years ago, it wasn’t as pure and it needed to be injected. Most people have an aversion to needles but have no problem with inhalation.

    Why does that pic make me so angry? I mean, why should I care? Why would I give a dickhead with four turned-up collars so much power over me that he can make me angry?

  6. squirrel queen – i’ve had friends who’ve gotten lost in drugs, and the occasional friend who can manage a comfortable ‘recreational’ usage with various drugs. in the end, we have to be healthy, and responsible for our own asses… i see those two items as the biggest negatives about drug use. shame we can’t tackle it from that angle….

    annie – yep. then we’ll need some bumper stickers, posters, educational programs as well as some good old fashioned legislation to make it safe for middle class children again. makes me wanna scream…

    Yogi – i know some of those types… we need to teach personal accountability, rather than take a ‘Reefer Madness’ approach to scaring people away from things that might hurt you…

    rob – much of what your talking about resonates with my position of “personal responsibility”. teach your children critical thinking skills, set basic values (“do no harm”, “help others”, “clean up your own messes”) and then stand back, cross your fingers and be there when they have questions. The D.A.R.E. program in particular rankles me – my kids came home and informed us that we were addicts because we drink beer, and coffee. Missing the entire point, of course, about health and responsibility for you actions NO MATTER WHAT IMPAIRS YOUR MIND. Ugh.

    archie – biggest deterrent for my kids regarding meth, ecstasy, and other ‘home made’ drugs? they’ve seen the toothless, brain-addled rednecks who make this stuff – and wouldn’t trust them to bake a cake, let alone mix chemicals designed to scramble your brains!

    kyknoord – we already are. you’re late… [taps toe. looks at watch.]

  7. I tend to take the approach of if you want to do it thats your choice, just make sure you’re only hurting yourselves… and being filmed by COPS, man I love that show, and it would be terrible without meth addicts.

  8. Unbearable: People have been snorting H for at least 35 years that I know of personally. So this isn’t anything new at all. And NO-ONE is going to sell extra pure heroin, they’ll just step on it harder and sell more. Most likely is something new to cut it with.

    Dare is a piece of crap that has absolutely no demonstrable benefit except to politicians and police depts.

    Rob, kids basically don’t believe the hype about drugs. They KNOW people who do them and those people aren’t dropping like flies, so they write most of the panic off as nonsense, which it is.

    What kids do, is try stuff. All sorts of stuff. Sex, fast driving, drinking, etc. etc. Not because their lives are empty, but because that what kids do: they try things. Some things they like, so they do it again, some not.

    So I think your point is right: we should teach what REALLY is true about drugs, alcohol, sex etc. and then let them loose. So will, some won’t, so what? Isn’t that what’s going to happen anyway?

  9. I have my days. Some days I think we should kill the drug lords through repeated piercings of their body parts with rusty spoons. Then I think that anyone who is stupid enough to do drugs and thing they aren’t going to have consequences should just do the damn drugs and die. Less eejits to worry about.

    Or something.

    Eish.

  10. As the resident wastoid i’d figured i’d add in my two cents… most of what i’ve read above pretty much hits the nail on the head, the war on drugs has been a colossal waste of money, literally pissing it down the drain, why is it that European countries don’t seem to have this problem? while they do have drug problems the addicts are treated as patients and not convicts, which brings us to why it’s illegal in the states, basically because the prison business is huge, for awhile the building and staffing of prisons was/still is the fastest growing industry in the US which translates into $ and jobs and donations to campaign funds, the dayit becomes more profitable to tax it rather than toss away lives is the day it becomes regulated, the other problem we have is that if you take the black market money i.e. “drug” money out of the economy the whole thing would go belly up, do a little digging around the web and you’ll find all kinds of information on this, not a whole lot is made of it cuz it’s better to be tough on drugs from the moral high ground, of course a third reason is you can’t run those sneaky black-ops with a credit card, cash rules in that dept. so it helps if you have untraceable loot lying around to ship off so that you can finance certain factions in the country of you choosing, see Iran-Contra affair…
    Now for the drug user, as someone who has tried literally everything known to man and sometimes in insane combinations i have a few of my own theories, first off is education, if you tell kids things are bad for them they are ultimately gonna try them, give them some context and explain what can happen, cuz guess what, they are gonna smoke grass and not freak out, drop acid and not jump off a building or try smack and not o.d. (at first at least) and then all credibility is shot, once a kid things you’re lying good luck, roughly 10% of any civilized population is using illicit drugs, not necesarrily addicted but using, i started drinking booze and smoking pot in the same week and by the time i was in my mid20’s i was doing the poor man’s speedball off countertops, snorting it no needles, the problem one has is that of respect for any substance, we tell people to not drink and drive and know when to say when but if you want to help people not get addicted to shit you better tell them how much and how often to keep themselves from puking all over themselves and shitting their pants, i remember sitting in rooms with strung out kids buying shit and them asking me how i wasn’t hooked and i told them discipline, sounds like bullshit but it ain’t, i’d read enough and did my own research to understand how and what things did, you wanna do junk all day someday you won’t have it and you’ll find out then how evil it is, i don’t want to sound like a saint by the way cuz i’m not i just educated myself to understand what i could do, like someone mentioned above about the high functioning drug addicts on Wall St., same principle as a functioning alchohic, if we don’t want to talk about the stuff it’s always gonna be a problem, and let’s face it, there have been many great artist’s, musicians, writers who have used things to expand their consciousness so i will never demonize drugs, i suggest reading some of the things William S. Burroughs wrote on the subject because the man was brilliant and a junky and was objective on the topic, another great book is the Drug User, one chapter is written by an engineer who may have been the first junky to document using and weening yourself off.
    finally i just repeat what Allen Ginsburg once said when i saw him at a reading he gave at CMU, “My friend Jack Keroauc was an alcholic and died at 48, my friend Bill Burroughs was a junky and died at 87, you tell me what’s worse.”

  11. @Bad Yogi: Excellent phrasing. I’ll admit I am quick to jump on NA/western culture as a bad guy/, but that’s because I don’t much care for where it’s gone, what with greed an’ all. My two adult girl children fit the description you’ve laid out. They know other kids/have friends who have done and still do use all sorts of things, mostly weed though. I like to think that the education they got at home growing up – including critical thinking – has enabled them to make their own choices about stuff. I don’t know that either of them has ever tried illicit drugs (probably, hell I did – and they know it too), but I do know neither of them has developed any addictions. (They both like beer, though, but that’s cuz they’re Canucks, I guess.) Only one of them was subjected to DARE and that was twice (once in the US and once at home in Canada… and I agree about its efficacy, or lack thereof).

    @kono: Appreciate your perspective.

  12. and for the record, i’ve never been addicted to anything, never been in rehab or treatment, never been to AA or NA, have i experimented-hell yes, is it for everybody- hell no, as i stated it is about respect for what you are dealing with, being an educated proletariat art threat probably helped me, i was smart enough to know what i was doing and realize that if i effed up it was on me and nobody else, of course my friends have state that i’m more the exception than the rule but ultimatetly it comes down to personal responsibility and really you can be addicted to anything and that can destroy your life… see also religion, video games, money, fast-food, politics… moderation is the key.

  13. @ kono: who says YOU are the resident wasteoid? I’ll see your bong and raise you a coke spoon (grin). You make good points, sir. One of my favorite moments came when a rural Oregon sheriff described a local pot-smoking teen as “aggressive”; his mother said, “Only if you get between him and a pizza.”

    @rob: thanks. Beer crosses all cultural boundaries. In my teens I adored Molson’s Brador ale ( I went to school In Lake Placid, NY, about 1 hour from the Canadian border.)

    @ Nursemyra: when I was in High School (Hah! take THAT,kono) I wore button down shirts UNDER a tee-shirt, with the collar over the tee. Never got to four tho’. I would have been beaten up. I might have beaten myself up.

  14. heroin has only ever disappeared from the media,, not the streets… don’t allow yourself to be fooled by the fact that they didnt’ talk about it till it started killing upper middle class white kids,, it has always been there killing off the poor and drug addled …..

  15. There is a genetic component to addiction, which is why Native Americans are more likely to be alcoholics. They lack the gene for moderation. My take is that you can be as “educated” as kono, and if you have the wrong genes, you will end up addicted. However, studies in the Vietnam War showed that only about 2% of the population had the genes. So the soldiers and sailors used over there to allay the stress, then went home and were “normal.” Except for a few.
    The alcoholism gene runs in my family. I am careful with all drugs, including alcohol and caffeine. But that’s my experience. And if I needed marijuana or heroin for pain relief, I think it should be available to me.

  16. Silverstar has a very valid point, i was i guess technically speaking for those who don’t have a pre-dispostion to addiction, the suburban kids i’ve seen who’ve been in rehab 8 times cuz they think it’s cool to have no self control… and the point about the use for medicinal purposes is right on, i’ve talked to enough cancer patients who smoked pot until the chemo and the like was over and then never touched it again, they used it like medicine and why should they be denied relief when they are in pain and they found something to ease it…
    gnukid you should hand me that beer, i will save you by drinking it myself
    Ms. Daisyfae are you throwing down the gauntlet? you can get a boatload of money on ebay for those old mickey d’s coffee spoons and someday i’ll post the rules to bong zonk, a family friendly game much like yahtzee with weed. hurray.

  17. manuel – poor dears… all of that entitlement is SUCH a burden…

    alex – Concur. Personal responsiblity/accountability. So how do we legislate that? or UNLEGISLATE the trip-wires that deter us from it… love watching COPS, but always afraid of finding a relative on it. Seriously.

    Yogi – spot on. my goal – especially with The Boy? Help him stay alive til he’s 25. If we can make it that long, then i’m pretty sure he’ll be through the worst of it… but – it’s ENTIRELY UP TO HIM at this point. An adult is responsible for his own ass…

    nm – it’s 4 shirts. he’s a douchebag. no, let me put that more eloquently – he’s a FUCKING DOUCHEBAG. makes me wanna hit him with a stick…

    dolce – i waffle, but mostly i come back to “personal responsibility”. you make a choice, you eat consequences. end of discussion. but it’s never that simple – because as humans we tend to give a shit about each other, and attempt to help the broken ones… and drugs have a pesky tendency to break people…

    kono – i love my readers/commenters! y’all are absolutely the best! when my kids came back from “Drug Awareness Resistance Education, D.A.R.E.”, and told me that people did drugs because they were losers, their dad and i BOTH came unglued. Told our children – “NO, people do drugs because they make you feel GREAT! The problem is that drugs, or alcohol (or love, for that matter) can impair your judgment, and you are STILL responsible for your behavior even though your decision making ability is fucked up”. Well, they were in 5th grade, so it wasn’t quite that direct, but that was the message – We’ve GOT to stop lying to kids and expecting things to change!

    rob – teaching critical thinking, awareness, rational thought? that’s the best we can do… everything else is on them.

    kono – moderation? yes, but there can be predisposition to addiction. seen it in my family. whether it’s genetic or emotional, or other? who knows… learning to manage your personal weaknesses is perhaps the key to moderation.

    yogi – totally got to invite you and kono to my next throw down… y’all could be FABULOUS mentors to some of the young ‘uns that filter through my home…

    paisley – that’s what got me so pissed off in the first place. front page news, reporting a “heroin crisis”, when in fact, nothing’s really changed much in 30 years… white kids in college have just discovered a new way to get high, and aren’t smart enough about drugs to avoid killing themselves… makes me sad…

    silverstar – i absolutely believe there are genetic components to addiction. my brother and sister have a different father and both have battled alcoholism, and other addictions. doesn’t track with my other sister and i… although i pay close attention to my habits…

    gnu – have another and we’ll send over some Hooter Girls for an intervention.

    kono – at easter a couple years ago, my daughter brought a friend home and we played “Weed” (the card game) for a couple hours… i felt like the worst mother on earth, but it was a fucking riot!

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