The truth is same as most things in life yu only truly learn from your own experiences so the only way a doctor can KNOW the true score is if they've lived it I doubt very many experienced specialist substance doctors swallowed the slow release story if I'm honest, I'm of the opinion so funking what !! I spent the
First ten years of my addiction trying to be clean to please others, when I finally accepted the fact I'm a happier more productive person whilst on a stable opiate, Depression-gone IBS -gone Anxiety-gone if only I could have gone and got a reasonable dose of heroin twice a day I would never have lost my job,wife,house,pride and eventually my liberty.
Manifesto for the reevaluation and reform of the outdated "war on drugs"
There's a time for everything a time to be born and a time to die, a time to create and a time to destroy my aim in writing this statement isn't to spread, proliferate or glamourise substance use or misuse in anyway just to emphasise that it's time for change so please read in entirety before casting judgement, if the article helps just one person or opens up just one person's mind or point of view I haven't wasted any time.
At the time of writing the UK currently uphold and support the outdated archaic war on drugs stance, this manifesto intends to detail and outlay the complete failure of this system and train of thought by articulating the panorama presented when the picture is viewed as a whole.
Over the 30 some odd years I've been a participant in the UK drug scene I've observed not only a complete change in the way that people/participants conduct themselves in the street but a progressive change in general attitude towards the subject as a whole, as the years have passed and generations move on there has been a gradual but perceivable increase in number of people that find substance use in its various forms acceptable.
This was always going to be inevitable purely for the fact the feelings sensations caused by various chemicals being introduced to the system are viewed as pleasant by more than a few people, add in to that the stress and strain of modern life it gave rise to escapism in a multitude of ways, the majority of which we are deemed suitable or able to select for ourselves as responsible adults we can ride fast vehicles , jump from flying aircraft or ridiculously high vantage points with nothing more than silk or elastic to preserve us, we can gamble our money and partake in consciousness altering activities WHEN the powers that be endorse the substance (alcohol,Caffeine or tobacco) some of which are arguably more harmful than any class of banned substance, for whatever reason whether its the revenue involved or just the fact (if they admit it or not) all and any carbon based life form given the means to administer a mind/consciousness altering substance or chemical to itself will do so, in the case of class a drugs and alcohol repeatedly at the cost of or until deterioration of health occurs and ultimately until no longer able to self administer or until death which I'm certain the majority will agree is a dangerous element to say the least , as with most things in life there will always be success and failure. Some people can take the occasional drink or bungees jump without it ever becoming an issue but others descend into the depths of alcoholism or climb to the hight of free fall parachuting before either burning out with it all or becoming bored of said pass time, psyconauts are not so much different a lot hold down jobs and normal lives there is always going to be a percentage that cant
Now we've tried to prohibit with very limited success maybe due to the final paragraph above but I'm certain there are other contributing factors namely corruption at the highest levels, now I sure many people will say I'm biased maybe so but should sovereign beings not have the right to decide if and when we take a substance? The ambiguity created by endorsement of one mind altering substance but the prohibition of another is counter productive to say the least, people will always make up their own minds always have always will and this is where the labelling is all wrong how can we call drug misuse a criminal problem ? Take the time to talk to an addict In the depths of addiction, find out what it entails its no picnic for sure, who in their right mind would sit and repeatedly stick a needle in themselves until their leg dropped off? For fun? To get high? It's high time it was addressed as the public health issue it is before we criminalise,cripple and allow another generation to go through this all in the name of what???
How can it happen? We live on an island so admittedly there's a LOT of border but there's a LOT of drugs ! A disproportionate amount, its gone in my years of involvement from an ounce being a lot of heroin to a kilo being smallfry there has to be thousands of people in prison with kilogram plus charges that means thousands of kilos confiscated and has it even put a hiccup in the supply? Not a bump they lock one dealer up two more start up so how many thousands of kilos of drugs are coming into the country on a daily basis but there's no corruption? We spend untold sums as taxpayers, with the supposed best and most proficient Border force in the world, yet we have the highest consumption rate of any European country but there's no corruption? The other one has bells on! From where I'm sat the ONLY way that the sheer quantity of drugs can materialise on the shores of an island that has the infrastructure that the UK has with purpose built border facilities, UK coast guard, police force etc is corruption at more than one point along the line does anyone disagree?
Why and how drugs have permeated society?
We tend to think of drugs as a new problem " the scourge of today's youth" is a term I've heard repeatedly over the years but let's just break that down a little for a start the drug scene as it exists today bridges at least 3 generations of users which in itself serves to pass the problem along, in the countries who were the forerunners in supervised consumption areas there was a 1000 % reduction in new addicts, thats because it follows the intro of sca's the concurrent reduction in unsupervised consumption as well as the reduction in illicit drug supply in the countries that have gone with the prescription of heroin has served to seriously reduce the use of trap/crack houses,which is the primary point of new users being introduced to firstly a gateway drug followed by exposure to and resulting desensitivity to more serious drug use.
Mind/consciousness altering substances are nearly as old as civilisation itself whether it be the unintentional production and subsequent discovery of alcohol , the recorded 10,000 years we've utilised the cannabis plant the hundreds of years opium has been smoked or the few thousand years the South American natives have chewed coca the habits have been there a long long time so it's not the drugs but the war on drugs that's the scourge of today's youth that and the evolutionof a legal system that serves exacerbation of not improvement of the problem, prison was a bad place for bad men, its evolved into tertiary college/ holiday camp/ rehab Centre for not so much bad men as naughty boys and that's from someone that's had a stay in HMP I'm not saying I have the answer but what I DO know for a fact is that whatever we are doing or have done to tackle or reduce the problem ISNT working and surely we've been banging our collective heads against the post for long enough is it not time we swallowed that and looked at the problem in another light? I'm not advocating an all out free for all or legalisation but surely there has to be a better way to tackle the problem?
The political party that does Decriminalise drugs could reduce our overcrowded prisons by a third overnight, you could stop another generation being criminalised, You could move forward with legislation, you could create a whole new industry even, if we followed other forward thinking countries and looked at this as a health issue not a criminal one, and recognises the huge difference between cannabis and crack could not only seriously reduce the number of unnecessary drug related deaths as well as minimise harm reduction and the secondary damage and resulting strain on an already overworked NHS, we could legislate and set up supervised consumption areas which are PROVEN to reduce not only drug related deaths but disease,we could regulate and control the substances that are imported, we could reduce the passing of these habits to the next generation .Its long overdue that somebody in a position of influence ran with the ball presenting and pushing forward a different way of addressing a problem that now affects the many now not the few, who can say these days, that if they are not directly affected by this problem in someway, then the odds are that they know somebody who is or has been ??
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE SHARE and add your points of view I'm not here for likes but to spread awareness its time this was highlighted and addressed in the houses of Parliament (inactivity implies involvement to my mind) only a government with vested interests in the continuation of the problem could fail to see the sense in an entirely new approach