The Future of a Planet on Opioids: Who Guards the Guardians?

Recently I’ve been reading about the reported meteoric rise across Western nations in the prevalence and incidence of non-prescription drug use and trafficking, human trafficking, and the similar stats about arrests for alcohol addiction. Distinct from but related to these dire trends, are the overarching prevailing factors of climate change and pollution. I will treat those latter two topics in a later post.

My focus here is on the whys, whos, and hows of physical and mental abuse from drugs and alcohol overuse. 

Opioids and crystal-meth are the street drugs of choice for most junkies today, and alcohol continues as well to shatter the lives of its victims. That is the chemical tapestry upon which thousands upon thousands of lives each year are ensnared by addiction and snuffed-out by overdosing. A recent drug bust here in Thunder Bay, Ontario, netted the police over $275,000 in drugs, including cocaine, $100,000 in cash, and 1,000 fake pills actually made of fentanyl. Street gangs from Southern Ontario were in town selling mostly to northern reserves. Addicts also are reported missing just about every week, or found dead in town at the rate of 1-2 per month. And that’s only one city in Canada.

The reasons for taking illicit drugs are many and varied, but the majority are traced to;

  • high unemployment
  • a culture of poverty and school drop-out
  • domestic violence
  • easy access to drugs
  • a fatalistic view of life

Vulnerable people are the victims and targets of the drug trade. Their ages range mostly from mid-teens to late 30s. 60% are male; 40% are female. Many have children of their own. Many are homeless, in a shelter, or living in the downtown cores with 3-4 people per dwelling (room or apartment). Many are treated in hospital for addiction, anxiety, and psychosis. Some are treated or counseled through community support organizations but many of those treated are repeat offenders. Some end up in jail from inflicting violence on others.

This situational summary is not new. These issues have been around for decades in cities across the country, but the point is that the incidences have increased over the past decade at an alarming rate. Local police do not have the resources to be effective in controlling this social corruption. The courts and jails are overwhelmed, and recidivism is high. And opioid addiction for example, has reached into the middle class as well, to include professional and sports groups. The recent legalization of the sale of marijuana in city outlets has brought more focus on drug use generally, leaving people with the impression that taking drugs – like alcohol – is okay. Time will tell how society will cope with the ramifications of alcohol and now hard drug use as ‘normal’, and with the normalization of high powered illicit drug use. We can only hope that the guardians of society’s victims do not themselves become victims.

After Australia trial, Facebook wants Canadians to upload nude pics to fight revenge porn – National | Globalnews.ca

The program allows users who want to protect themselves from ‘revenge porn,’ to share intimate images privately with Facebook and Instagram ahead of time.
— Read on globalnews.ca/news/4227418/facebook-canadians-upload-nude-pics-revenge-porn/

Unless you are a bona fide Naturist/Nudist and don’t give a fig who sees you nude, why do it in the first place? Or give others access?

The end of grief

After one has lost two children to SMA Type 1, and two survived, life takes on a significantly precious meaning. You move from ”zippy’ to ‘coasting’, and ever mindful of the power and frailty of human life. You move closer to that microcosm community of loyal friends, and become more philosophical and mellow about life in general, and fearful and sometimes pessimistic about life in specific (as reported in the media on a daily basis). Your surviving children are your energizers.

Wheels within wheels. Hush money for the GOP? (Ad)venture capitalism at work.

Michael Cohen, the longtime personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, negotiated a $1.6 million payment with a former Playboy model who said a top Republican donor and fundraiser impregnated her last year, the donor acknowledged Friday. Cohen handled the settlement to the woman for Elliot Broidy, a venture-capitalist, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Broidy…

via President Trump’s Lawyer Negotiated $1.6 Million Payment After RNC Official Allegedly Impregnated Playboy Model — TIME

Freedom to Write and Writing for Free: when the capitalist ethic meets the altruistic ethic. I’m writing this for free because I feel my blogs may make the world a better place, in some miniscule way. I like to write. Some of us who write have to. We have bills to pay. The payoff is that money can be an incentive to continue, even when you have “writers’ block”. If we unearth the true motivation for writing however, we often find that there is some ‘purpose’ behind it other than strictly profiting financially from it. We like it because it allows us to use our knowledge and imagination for benefits beyond ourselves. There is something ‘cosmological’ about communicating with hundreds or thousands of people we don’t know or may never meet. Writing is a journey in space and time, that just might improve the human condition. I hope you enjoy the article that follows. I welcome your feedback. You can follow my blogs at sociologydoctor.wordpress.com, or didacticexchange.org.

cropped-hpim1144.jpgThe blog Lifehacker just posted a piece entitled “Why You Should Write For Free,” in which writer Nick Douglas (on staff, note) explains when he believes writing for free is appropriate — and when it is not. The headline alone is enough to fluff me up with righteous fury, as my own, consistent refusal to […]

via No, In Fact, You Should Not Write For Free — Whatever

Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘We Believe She’s Free to Talk’ — Variety Women’s rights in action, Mr. Trump.

WASHINGTON — The attorney for Stephanie Clifford, the adult film star known as Stormy Daniels, says he believes she’s “free to talk” about her relationship with Donald Trump. She filed a lawsuit against Trump to declare a $130,000 pre-election “hush” agreement null and void. “Mr. Trump did not sign. We believe that that was so […]

via Stormy Daniels’ Lawyer: ‘We Believe She’s Free to Talk’ — Variety