Thursday, November 30, 2006

Happy Meth Awareness Day!

President Bush has issued a proclamation declaring today National Methamphetamine Awareness Day. Bill Piper at the Drug Policy Alliance has a piece asking some important questions, such as:
1) Why is the government pursuing a strategy towards methamphetamine that has been failing for 40 years?

2) Why do elected officials, law enforcement officers and the media continue to ignore science and repeat the myths that methamphetamine is uniquely addictive and people who use it are hooked for life?

3) What role does lack of access to health care play in meth-related problems?

4) How much of the meth problem is rooted in America’s “workaholic” culture?

5) Why are policymakers short-changing women?

6) Why are policymakers ignoring the growing public health threat posed by methamphetamine abuse?

7) What if the billions of dollars wasted each year incarcerating nonviolent drug offenders was invested in drug treatment instead?
Check out Bill's discussion of these issues here.

1 comment:

800 pound gorilla said...

I don't see how voluntary abuse of drugs is a preventable disease? It involves a minuscule segment of our population whose lifestyle is contrarian to health and vigor. They are trying to stop the supply at its source. The fact that this effort enriches a lot of sleazy characters shouldn't come as a surprise.

We don't need expenditure of major tax dollars to "educate" people on why going days on end without sleep can be harmful to your health. If you've seen meth mouth, it should be apparent that the malady is smoker related. Finally they found another smokeable substance that does as much damage as cigarettes a lot quicker - especially if you screw up your health further by sleep deprivation.

Meth is just one effective tool at self destruction through obsession with socialization to the detriment of your health and well being. You can do this just as well with crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, espresso [although the bathroom issues get in the way there], or energy drinks.

Meth abuse is just one of many predictable results of a "life in the fast lane" glorification that viewers of the mass media see permeate our pop culture. Bigger, better and more are not necessarily a good thing in our lives. Of course if you repeat this mantra too often don't expect not to be demeaned as socialistic or "doom and gloom".