Drug Addicts Deserve to Die

Well, this is the message I get from Republicans, and their continued blockage of federal and state funds for needle exchange programs.

In massachusetts, needle exchange programs are credited with helping reduce new cases of HIV attributable to IV drug use from 41% in 1995 to 10% in 2009. And an overall drop in new cases by 54%. Of course- this also saved roughly 6,ooo lives and 2Billion dollars in state health care costs.

Yet when republicans took control of congress again federal funding for needle exchanges quicly was axed. And it is no surprise that states that fund such programs are almost entirely democratic.

I find this odd as the majority of republicans also profess christianity, and did not, according to them, Jesus say “That which you do to the least of my brothers that you do unto me”. Yep, the same man, who according to them, also threw the moneychangers from the temple, saying it is easier to pass a camel through the eyo of a needle then for a rich man to ender the kningdom of god. The same man who eschewed the rich, the leaders, and preferred the company of the working poor, the prostitutes,  the lepers of society…a man whose life was apparently all about forgiveness…

Yes, I’ll be the first to admit- IV drug users have made some mistakes. But who are we to judge the circumstances that brought them to this point, or to think that they are somehow less deserving of our compassion?

What is the problem with needle exchanges? I have never heard of any non drug user saying lets go to the needle exchange and try some heroin. Indeed- fro most I think it wuld do more to turn them off to heroin then any amound of laws or propaganda. But the fact remains that diseases such as hepatitis and HIV are killing IV drug users at a rate that greatly exceeds the drugs themselves. And let’s face it- these same diseases can be spread via intimate contact- which ultimately puts all of society at increased risk.

And besides the obvious harm reduction of preventing disease, needle exchanges have other benefits. OFten they are staffed by ex-addicts who made it through. People who understand what these people are going through, and can offer both experience and hope. IT also sends a message- you are not forgotten. While subtle- it’s impact can be huge. Many of these people have been through things few of us can imagine- even before their descent into addiction. And any message that they are not forgotten, and that they are still humans that can be helped, is priceless.

So tell me again, why do they deserve to die?


About drugsandotherthings

I am a criminal. Because I have used cannabis and psychedelics extensively. I have tried many other drugs, but never cared for the uppers, downers, or dissociatives. I love craft beer, and absinthe, but don't care much for alcohols effects- which quite frankly, are boring and dangerous. Science is my religion. I am in my 40's, and have travelled extensively. And often forced myself outside of my confort zone. I am employed, a respected member of my communtiy, an animal lover, an environmentalist, a political junkie, and the realities I have experienced continue to push me further to the left of the political spectrum.
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6 Responses to Drug Addicts Deserve to Die

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  2. Merciless says:

    Okay lets get this right. It takes about 18 months to get addicted to heroin, so obviously a person must really want to get addicted. Also you will not die from heroin withdrawals like you do from alcohol DTs. Many war veterans were addicts but held down jobs and maintained their families. The government acts like we need a miraculous cure to get addicts better, bunch of BS. They will just die and society will be better off not paying them welfare to merely exist.

    • Wow- “let’s get this right”?! Really???!!! Where did you get your information? Opoid addiction can, and does occur for many in a matter of weeks.
      Yes, severe alcohol addiction can result in brain damage or death if withdrawl is not properly managed. But we are talking extreme and relatively rare circumstances. True- opoid addiction withdrawl is less likely to end in such severe results (although far more common is a detox followed by re-use, and with diminished tolerance a fatal OD occurs.
      Opiates in and of themselves- at below fatal doses, seem to be surprisingly easy on the body. Indeed many addicts rarely get sick- until they try and quit. If, and it is a huge if- they can maintain a regular supply and afford it without causing other problems in their lives many opoid addicts can and do live surprisingly “norma”l lives…bearing in mind that the opoids ARE their lives so anything- particularly non using family/friends/partners/children.employees/employers///tend to suffer greatly.

      Ah yes, and then of course you go and fall into the old BS that all, or even most addicts are on welfare. Most addicts are not. Many are actually fairly to extremely well off. And most of those on welfare were on welfare long before they became addicts…their general plight in life being a major factor in their path leading to addiction…

      • Merciless says:

        Once again I restate, that a person must work at becoming an addict, so they indeed do choose to be one. They will feel like crap, (like when we get the flu) when they choose to stop using. I notice most druggies will work for their addictions (fun) yet our taxes must pay for them to live or exist. When did we start paying for people to exist???? Now that is BS if you ask me!!!!

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