Do you understand the most dangerous and deadly mood altering substance is legal in this country? Do you understand drug addiction is a disease you are born with way before you use; not any different than being born diabetic. Do we throw them in prison every time they eat something they shouldn't? You know the next thing coming is putting people in prisons for being fat? There already talking about passing laws adding a junk food tax. Do you know that's the same way they made drugs illegal 70 years ago? The war on drug increases crime, and puts all of our lives at risk and the more money we throw at it the worse the problem is getting. Holland and other countries that decriminalized drugs have the lowest drug addiction rates, and they dropped when they were made legal. They realized its a million times cheaper to have a town doctor shoot up people with pharmacy heroin then to deal with gangs, robbing, shootings and the 40,000 a year to house them in prison and all the money and resources diverted for LE to fight real crime.<modsnip>
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Hi mannip! and Welcome
All i know, as being a resident of FL, the drug abuse problem here in Broward County is completely out of control! Prior to this year, there was no tracking of presciption drugs in the state of Florida. Retired doctors come back and partner up with people, that offer them a decent amount of money to use their license to write the scripts to the addicts. It doesn't make the gang problem any better, b/c all the addicts do is turn around and sell mass quanities to those on the street. It doesn't make the shootings go away, or the robberies for that matter. When the addict needs their next fix, they will do nearly anything to get it. (seen it first hand with my brother in law- who stole from his own mother) I do not think locking them away for 25+ years is solving the problem, and i agree they shouldn't be locked in a cage but rehabilitated, and the sentences should be shorter, addicts should be housed in a place where other addicts are and not with violent offenders. it is pretty sad that addicts from other states drive into FL just to get pills b/c they are unable to get them from REAL doctors in their own state.
But the bottom line,for me anyways, is that FL, needs to do something with this problem, and it starts with the doctors. There should also be some sort of rehabilitation for those who end up addicts b/c of an injury or an accident, so they can been weined off the pills prior to being released from the doctors care.
JMO for the moment
But whats the point of cracking down on those drugs when the hardest and most harmful to you and OTHER PEOPLE is in your local store.
Who claims 50 times more lives than all the illegal drugs combined? Who costs the American people 130 billion dollars every year to mop up it's blood-bath of human slaughter? Who destroys 1 in every 4 families in America? Who kills over 200,000 Americans each year? Is it crack? Is it cocaine? Could it be heroin?
No, the undisputed heavy-weight champion of the drug world and number one killer of Americans is ALCOHOL!
And nobody dares utter a peep!
THANKS TO ALCOHOL . . .
There are over 18 million alcoholics in America.
Cirrhosis of the liver kills over 30,000 each year and rising.
50 percent of the people on welfare are due to alcohol.
80 percent of all fire deaths are due to alcohol.
65 percent of the drownings
22 percent of home accidents
77 percent of falls
36 percent of pedestrian accidents
65 percent of all murders
40 percent of all assaults
35 percent of all rapes
30 percent of other sex crimes
30 percent of all suicides
Over 80 percent of all arrests are linked to alcohol!
And one of the most disturbing statistics of all - 60 PERCENT OF ALL CHILD ABUSE IS DUE TO ALCOHOL!
Every major organ in your body is poisoned by alcohol. According to The Birmingham News (Nov. 19, 1990), "Scientific data show alcohol is THE MOST PHYSICALLY DETERIORATING drug there is. It causes more organic damage than any other drug. . ."Why is it when people get drunk, they have a tendency to vomit? Because your stomach knows POISON when it comes down! No wonder the bartender says, "NAME YOUR POISON"! When a man is drunk, he is INTOXICATED. Do you know what a TOXIC is? IT IS A POISON! A drunk man is a man who has LITERALLY POISONED HIMSELF!
Scientists have only recently discovered the physical process that creates the slurred speech and drunken stupor. Once in the blood stream, alcohol causes a coagulation of the red corpuscles referred to as "sludging". The blood thickens so that it cannot flow freely and clogs the metabolic exchange of life-giving oxygen. And when cells are deprived of oxygen - THEY DIE! And because brain cells require a high oxygen supply continuously, they are particularly vulnerable! And brain cells are the only cells that do not reproduce! Brain cells destroyed are never replaced! Autopsies performed on drinkers, often reveal hollow cavities in the skull, where ENTIRE CONVOLUTIONS OF THE BRAIN HAVE DISAPPEARED! And according to studies by Dr. Melvin H. Kinsley, brain damage occurs progressively from THE VERY FIRST DRINK! The next time you see that man staggering drunk - YOU ARE WATCHING A MAN LITERALLY DESTROYING HIS BRAIN!