Conservative Corner- Battle for the Buzz-kill

Whether it’s the over the counter medication for a simple head cold, high potency prescriptions for illness and allergies, or illicit street drugs for a quick high, Americans seem to have felt the need to self-medicate themselves in order to cope with life’s problems. Many people require medication prescribed by their physician to live and enjoy a normal life; however, there are those people who claim to use some medications and illicit drugs for their “recreational” use.
Many of us have experience a time of “chemical experimentation”, and our youth may have enjoyed a few parties while being drunk and/or high. However, many of us have grown up, matured and no longer need the aid of recreational drugs. Unfortunately, the effects of overdoses have caused an increase in drug related deaths. According to latimes.com in 2009 drugs surpassed auto accidents in causes of death. About 37,485 people nationally were killed due to drugs.
We all know drugs can, and do, destroy lifestyles and lives; in Clackamas County, drug deaths increased by 30 percent in 2013. Oregonlive.com tells us that even though heroin and cocaine use has somewhat declined, meth has gone up by 32 percent bring the death toll to 222 in Clackamas County alone.
How do we combat the chemical intrusion that kills so many people? That is a question, I believe, that has no easy answer. Unfortunately, we have been battling drug use and overdoes for quite some time. In the 1870’s the first laws were put into effect to control the use of opium, while the early 1900’s seen the first laws directed at cocaine use and marijuana laws first began enforcement in the 1910’s and 20’s.
In the 1960’s drugs became signs of youth, rebellion, social discontent and political protest. During this time the government stopped doing scientific research for medical safety efficacy according to http://www.drugpolicy.org. In June 1971 President Nixon began the War on Drugs and increased the size of the federal drug control agencies.
President Ronald Reagan increased the offensive when he took office in 1981. His wife, Nancy Reagan, tried helping her husband by taking a major role with the “Just Say No” anti-drug campaign. Even though Bill Clinton was for drug abuse treatment instead of imprisonment, he continued with the same drug war policies that Reagan used.
Trying to battle America’s use of drugs should still be an active program; unfortunately, we seem to be fighting this “war” the wrong way. CNN.com tells us the United States Government has already spent $1 trillion since 1971 with little to show for it. We need to invest our resources in America’s addicted personalities and a media front about what drugs can do to you. Too many youngsters use drugs like a rite of passage. Many young people begin to smoke cigarettes to fit in to a group or to act older. We need to find a way to keep our young people from even wanting to try drugs. If the urge to use is taken away, perhaps the market will go as well.
As I understand some Libertarians want little, to no government intrusion into personal lives, including legalizing all drugs. I am all for limited government, but in my opinion the last thing we need is some moron loaded up on meth, marijuana and, heroin to go crashing into a busload of kindergarteners because his or her head was on the dark side of the moon because drugs were made legal.
Many people of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, have tried every combination of every drug has been used; the ones who grew up and matured either no longer use or use responsibly. Unfortunately, too many children of those years either never grew up, or have an addictive personality and should have never used drugs to begin with.
We should not pressure our law makers to legalize illicit drugs just to make more room in the prisons, instead we need to find out why people use in the first place and try to help them keep away from these addictive substances. We also need to get back to the preemies of the old saying, “This is your brain, and this is your brain on drugs, any questions?” If we can work with the addicted and work to keep kids off drugs, maybe we can make the buzz-kill of drugs complete.

Dkhummel.com, dkhummel.blogspot.com

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About D.K. Hummel
I am a dis-placed Alaskan, Ham radio operator, Broadcaster/DJ, Seahawk fan, Alaska Aces fan, U.S. Army Vet, and a conservative; but not always in that order.

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