July 9, 2005

Post about Drugs, Drug Abuse, Balance, & Purpose

Drugs Drugs Drugs
All you need is Drugs
all together now
All you need is Drugs...

that was a hack of a Beatles song (All You Need is Love), replacing the word love with drugs

teen drug usage increases:

"Our nation is in the throes of an epidemic of controlled prescription-drug abuse and addiction," Joseph A. Califano Jr., CASA chairman and former U.S. Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare, said in a statement. "While America has been congratulating itself in recent years on curbing increases in alcohol and illicit drug abuse, and in the decline in teen smoking, the abuse of prescription drugs has been stealthily, but sharply, rising."

"The explosion in the prescription of addictive opioids, depressants and stimulants has, for many children, made their parents' medicine cabinet a greater temptation and threat than the illegal street drug dealer," Califano said. "Parents who do not want to become inadvertent drug pushers should consider locking their medicine cabinets."

Girls were found to be more likely to abuse prescription drugs than boys (10.1 percent of girls versus 8.6 percent of boys), and teens who abused controlled prescription drugs were twice as likely to use alcohol, five times likelier to use marijuana, 12 times likelier to use heroin, and 21 times likelier to use cocaine, compared to teens who did not abuse legal drugs.

Get Busy Child... Crystal Meth use on the rise

Methamphetamine is a chemical variant of amphetamine with much more powerful effects.

Abuse is particularly bad in rural areas.

It is easy to produce using chemicals found on farms, and the homemade labs which produce it are less easy to detect in the countryside.

The findings are based on figures collated from rural and suburban areas and do not include most of the country's largest cities.

Half of the counties surveyed said 20% of people in their jails were there because of meth-related crimes. source

I suspect the rural area explosion is two fold. I think it is easy to create there and there are less widely promoted forms of entertainment in rural areas than in areas of high population density.

I live by a crazy theory, to which most will not prescribe, but I believe that almost anything in the world that you do, eat, or see is a drug. Our past memories rewrite each time we think of them, including our most recent memories, and that changes how we perceive the world.

Eat lots of junk food and you are getting sugar highs.

Don't see the sunlight, be inactive, have few social bonds? You are taking depressants.

Exercise for hours at a time? Thats just like taking amphetamines.

There are good and bad ways of doing everything. The key is to weigh benefits against the negatives.

I have done a ton of stuff to get high (or low)...

  • been isolated with low oxygen levels and poor food quality while not able to exercise (nuclear submarines are big pieces of shit)
  • had family members get diseases or wrongfully jailed for long periods of time
  • had many many many sugar highs, although I did not realize the downside to what I was doing most of the time I did it
  • seen footage of mass murder
  • been told I was likely going to die fighting for a cause I did not understand or believe in. (I can't emphasize enough how horrible the Navy was for me).
  • exercised a ton, to the point of causing internal bleeding & not being able to walk
  • taken a wide variety of illegal drugs (probably most that you can name I have some how at some point in time done it)

What is the solution to the problem of drug abuse? Purpose. I think many people live without much inspiration or purpose. When you don't have those many illogical highly destructive things suddenly seem much more logical.

Sadly it is not something I am good at, but the key is to learn to strike a balance and find purpose in life. I have not really done either of those, but see them as things I must do if I am to truely appreciate and enjoy life.

Another problem is that I think most things which are purposes are also scams. Although my mother would hate to read this I don't much believe in organized religion.

We rewrite our memories each time we think of them, but it is far easier for me to do stupid shit to justify my past decissions than it is to just clean the slate and go after something truely inspiring.

The greatest improvements I can make for humanity are to change my own mind and the way I perceive the world. I am still sorta waiting for that reason or inspiration, and if it doesn't come soon I could end up screwing up my life to where it doesn't matter if and when it finally does come.

Posted at July 9, 2005 1:01 AM

a bunch of very interesting thoughts here aaron. your opinions on drug use and abuse are very much akin to drug expert, and med school professor,
dr. andrew weil. he wrote a very interesting and controversial book in the 70's, called the natural mind: a new way of looking at drugs and the higher consciousness . definately worth buying a used copy online for under 3 bucks and reading twice over. "the good doc" (as larry king calls him) argues that drugs are neither bad or good, it's our relationships with them that need to be examined. altering our state of consciousness is a state that most humans desire, beginning at an early age. he argues that getting high is something that is hard coded in our brains, whether it be via external substances or methodologies (cafeinne, narcotics, tobacco, etc) or internal methods (meditation, controlled breathing, self-hypnosis, etc.) A strong advocate against the government's war on drugs and the mess created by trying to fight drug abuse with incarceration. the book touches apon his own controlled experiments with hallucigenics on himself as a subject while at harvard medical school. he writes about his times living amongst native american cultures and how their relationships with cocao, and other mind altering plants have been ritually ingrained in these cultures for thousands of years without causing any type of drug epidemics. i think you will find dr. weil's writings and background very interesting, if this is a subject that interests you.

dang Avi
thats a good comment. I sorta whinge on about whatever and don't expect people to read it much.

I think your comment is far more useful than my original post

thanks for that
hope you had a happy 4th :)

i must have no life if i'm posting a book review at midnight on a blog. wish i had something more interesting to write.

what are some stimulants and hallucigenic tryin to do a report {L}

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