Richard Rodriguez said (on PBS in 2008):
The economies of Afghanistan and Bolivia, of Southeast Asia have been distorted by the appetite for drugs in first-world countries. Third-world despair meets post-modern despair in the movement of drugs.
Mexico is different only to the degree that it exists within the gravitational force of the largest drug-using economy in the world. U.S. officials estimate that as much as $15 billion a year flows from the United States to Mexican suppliers.
Mexican officials point out that most of the cocaine, marijuana, methamphetamines, and heroin in Mexico is destined for points north, not for domestic consumption.
Who in America is asking, “Why?” Why are Americans so sad?
We need drugs to escape loneliness. We need drugs to tolerate company. We need drugs to feel and drugs to keep from feeling. We need drugs to fall asleep and drugs to get out of bed. Why?
Our politicians, and moviemakers, and Evangelical ministers, and doctors, and professors are not asking that question of America. (read more here)
- People use drugs, legal & illegal, because…
- Addiction: it ain’t what you think
- We are all addicts
- (Psychotropic) drugs are drugs are drugs. Legal, illicit not so significant
- Addiction is not an Illness
- Ask, not why the addiction, but why the pain?
- Breaking Through A Toxic Environment
- Power of addiction and addiction to power
*it is potentially dangerous to come off medications without careful planning. Please be sure to be well educated before undertaking any sort of discontinuation of medications. If your MD agrees to help you do so, do not assume they know how to do it well even if they claim to have experience. They are generally not trained in discontinuation and may not know how to recognize withdrawal issues. A lot of withdrawal issues are misdiagnosed to be psychiatric problems. This is why it’s good to educate oneself and find a doctor who is willing to learn with you as your partner in care. Really all doctors should always be willing to do this as we are all individuals and need to be treated as such. See: Psychiatric drug withdrawal and protracted withdrawal syndrome round-up
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