Friday, March 11, 2005

Let's All Do Drugs II (The Drugging of Another Nation)

Hooked on heroin? Let the government pay for your fix… In a previous post, I talked about how we have become a nation hooked on a quick fix. Many times, we use Pharmaceutical Drugs to enable us to cope with an unhealthy lifestyle. Well, not only can you get pharmaceutical drugs, now, in Canada, you can get a heroin fix from the government! They have an 8 million dollar government sponsored drug pushing program running in Vancouver. There is an article about it here.

I really don’t follow the logic. I have a couple of friends that had parents that were hooked on heroin and I would have really been mad if the government was contributing to this in anyway. Is this a “if you can’t beat em, join em” kinda thing? I wonder where they’re getting the drugs? Are they redistributing drugs they took from “bad guys” or are they just buying it from Columbia like all the other criminals?

Wait! I have an idea let’s just give robbers money so they won’t want to rob banks. Or, we could buy children from Indonesia and give them to child molesters so they won’t mess with other people’s kids…

Is this a really bad idea or am I going crazy?


moofruot said...

I think the logic is, "The lesser of two evils". On the one hand, you have a city of heroin addicts getting free fixes. On the other hand, you have a decrease in diseases from unclean needles, or laced substances, or everything else that goes along with illegal drug use including, but not limited to, crime and violence and the like.

The logic is also that there will always be drug addicts, but if the government can monitor them, they can also cure them (at least, this is the underlying intention the government wishes us to believe). These people obviously need help, and the next step in the program is to rehabilitate. Instead of spending our tax monies on treating HIV patients, they'll be spending tax monies on rehabilitation treatments.

I'm not sure if I completely agree with the logic, but I applaud Vancouver for at least taking a step towards acknowledging the problem. Toronto would rather keep its citizens in the dark about the thousands of kids addicted to cocaine - it would look bad on the city - "Toronto the good". Hah. Repression is the real problem, I think.

N said...

You have a point, and moofruot does too.

Btw, I love your new color scheme and overall theme- it's fab!