Choice and Habit and Addiction

Putting harmful things into one’s body seems a choice to me, not a habit that can create addiction and confusion; possibly that’s just because I made the choice not to partake of known mind- and body-altering drugs.

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What’s happening in today’s American heroin-overdosing society is appalling to me. We can’t find a cure for cancer, but we have found the right drugs to overthrow an overdose!

Are we trying to turn time backward? Do we want to return to a day when drug use was an infant, and we were still experimenting with their uses? Or have we just given up the war on drugs? Are we going back to a time when we used drugs for recreation and negligently dismissed the consequences? Are we that far gone as a nation?

Drug and alcohol use is a choice, still, of every individual, an evil, disgusting choice. Pushing those evils — especially on others — and profiting from them is also an evil choice. We need to stop these choices if we are still a nation of people who care about one another.

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How old is the television fiction drama entitled “Emergency!”, shown now in reruns in my area on MeTV?

On September 28 of this year, I watched an “Emergency!” episode that dealt with the collapse of a high school girl who had overdosed on “Reds”. She died in the hospital, un-revived. Her mother came to the hospital in denial, with cries of what’s-this-nonsense- about-my-daughter-being-on-drugs/where-is-she?

She’s dead, the mother is told. She’s gone.

She’s gone from a drug overdose.

And her mother never had a clue that drugs were part of her daughter’s life.

The drama was a very early societal attempt to expose the evils of drug use, of course, and to discourage it.

We haven’t learned much, have we, as a society, as parents, and mentors? Kids and their drugged parents and mentors are dying from drug usage, still, after all these years. Still, after all the publicity, all the concern to relate that drugs are killers when used in unrecommended heavy dosages, people try them for kicks.

On October 6 of this year, the Defiance Crescent-News, Ohio, in an article written by Tribune News Service’s Tony Pugh, informed its readers that the FDA (Federal Drug Administration) was recommending an increase in the least amount of naloxone that could be used to revive an overdoser. An increase of naloxone would help reverse a chosen opioid overdose. How much naloxone will be enough a year from now?

Wouldn’t it make more sense to concentrate money and time on reversing a user’s mindset? Is it no longer prudent to teach control, perseverance in the presence of temptation, healthy choices for mind and body and soul?

Where are we in time?

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