February 5, 2014 Leave a comment
The lost of Philip Seymour Hoffman got me thinking about the war on drugs. There are countless tales of people losing someone dear to them; whether it be by way of incarceration or death. While there’s never a monolithic solution to any problem, here’s a concept that isn’t really novel but has rarely ever been implemented, ending the war on drugs.
When the term legalization is uttered I’m sure many shutter at the idea of drugs like heroin, cocaine, or crystal meth, being legal for purchase at your local Walmart. But I highly doubt the majority would dabble with substances just because they were deemed legal, and I’m confident Walmart isn’t looking to get involved in the crack game. What can be said is that the billions of dollars wasted each year have produced nothing but more potent and more vicious drugs that are being peddled by unscrupulous sellers that labor under the mayhem of black markets.
Most drug merchants probably don’t have a Walter White producing their drugs, and by that I’m suggesting the group manufacturing these drugs are probably not as knowledgeable, and in regards to a drug like heroin, potentially cutting with additives – like fentanyl – can create a greater toxic effect. Fentanyl maybe beneficial for cancer patients but certainly not for heroin. A Better Business Bureau for drug dealers isn’t going to be established anytime soon, but having drugs legal would provide greater repercussions for those who decide mix ominous chemicals. Moreover, if drugs are being assembled in a controlled, professional setting with at the very least unadorned regulations, this is going to produce a product that – yes is still harmful – yet the public will become educated on what ingredients are being applied and the affect of various narcotics. Just to clarify, I’m in no way advocating the use of drugs such as heroin, cocaine, etc. The point being is that prohibition and classifying something damaging won’t prevent mistakes, only information can accomplish that.
With all that being said, addiction is still a sizable issue that has to be dealt with whether the substance is illegal or legal. Again, there isn’t a panacea to exterminate all the problems, but yet again, the war on drugs is not a viable cure neither. Ibogaine is a psychoactive substance derived from certain African plants that has been linked to assisting in cures for addictions like heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine to name a few. Researchers assert that Ibogaine is metabolized into another compound called Noribogaine that appears to diminish cravings and desire to use. Not to veer too far off topic, but studies also suggest that other psychedelics such as psilocybin can decrease depression and even reduce recidivism. While ayahuasca has been shown to induce the death of cancer cells and hinder the spread of carcinoma cells.
Drug interdiction is making research expensive and minute, but more crucially, preventing information on substance’s that could be a beneficial tool for healing our afflictions.
Unfortunately, Philip Seymour Hoffman kicked the bucket before he could kick his horrid habit. Unless there was a gun to his head, Hoffman is to blame for choosing to operate on heroin. I’m certain there was peer pressure but one can’t blame Hollywood or society. To be fair, even if drugs were legalized or just decriminalized, Hoffman overdosing is still a harsh possibility. But what we do know is that rehab was only a temporary fix for him, like it is for many other abusers. What we don’t know if there’s other medications that could be utilized in assisting with the prevention of such tragedies.
With the continuation of the war on drugs we may never know, so lets end it. Because I prefer helping those in need instead of memorializing them.