We are Actually Winning the ‘Drug War’
Despite Lies, Betrayal and Fraud by Many Who Claim They are Helping
by Kevin Hall
Citizens Commission on Human Rights,
New England Director
Are more children taking illicit drugs? No. Is heroin the big killer as claimed? No. Is marijuana safe? No. Is the DARE program effective? No. Are 12-step programs effective? No. Is medically-based replacement drug treatment effective? No. Is addiction a disease? No. Is there big money in keeping people addicted? Yes. Can we really win the drug war? Yes, and it is easy. Are there a lot of people with financial and other interests who are going to be really ticked-off by the data I am revealing in this article? Absolutely yes.
School behavioral research is done annually on drug usage in U.S. public schools. (In my view, we shouldn’t allow behavioral research in schools.) Per the National Institute on Drug Abuse report of December 2018, drug usage among 12th graders, except for marijuana which remains level, “has declined by 30% in the past five years,” which is “holding steady at the lowest levels in over two decades.” This is great news that you almost never hear in the mainstream media.
Does this mean that DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) is effective? Absolutely not. It is easy to find out how DARE has increased the drug problem by showing children the drugs and telling them “No” while giving little information on the harm drugs actually cause. Fortunately, many police and even DARE officers have started using programs that now give accurate information on the drugs and use testimonials by drug users who have experienced the harm and give data the drug dealers don’t want you to know. As a little side anecdote, when my son was in high school a few years back, he said that “every” kid in the DARE class would smoke pot after school in their DARE t-shirts.
Marijuana has stayed level despite the huge legalization marketing. There are over 400 chemicals in marijuana and hashish. One joint has as much cancer-causing chemicals as four to five cigarettes. This drug can cause addiction and dependence, brain abnormalities and much more. The tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content in marijuana back in the Woodstock days and even the 1980s was only about 1%. This is the chemical that gives you the high. Today’s marijuana content averages 15-25% and can go up to 32%.
The biggest opiate killer is Fentanyl – not heroin. In fact, for many years the heroin replacement drug used to treat opiate and other addiction, Methadone, has killed far more people than heroin. Methadone is also more addictive than heroin and when mixed with valium-type benzodiazepine psychiatric drugs, it gives the same high as heroin. And amazingly, benzos are often prescribed with Methadone, which assures that people stay addicted when keeping the government drug rehab money pouring in, especially with the drug rehab increases that were part of Obamacare.
Betrayal – If you are taking a replacement opiate, despite what the experts say, you are still addicted to opiates. A friend of mine who detoxified over 100 heroin addicts told me that detoxing a heroin addict naturally takes about three days of withdrawal hell while it takes about seven days of the same withdrawal hell when a person is on Methadone. It is called a “replacement drug” because you cannot get off it.
In 1939, Methadone was created by German manufacturer IG Farben, maker of the Xyklon B gas used to exterminate the Jewish population and others in gas chambers. Even this drug company found the Methadone too dangerous to use. Eli Lilly brought it to the U.S. after WWII and it is now manufactured by Roxane Labs. It is often diverted onto the streets and traded for heroin. Another replacement opiate to allegedly treat addiction that is regularly diverted to the streets is Suboxone. According to a 2007 Baltimore Sun article, “1994: NIDA [National Institute on Drug Abuse] invests at least $26 million, entering a partnership with Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.” … “to bring Suboxone to market.” Since the U.S. government helped to create this drug, good luck on them exposing how it betrays those trying to be helped for their addiction problems. The last time I reviewed Suboxone statistics on the ProPublica website, Massachusetts paid for far more Suboxone than any other state, which means that in some ways, we lead the nation in the war against the war on drugs. No wonder we have so many opioid addicts.
The Big Lie Exposed – Addiction, like other behavioral or emotional problems, no matter how severe, are not illnesses or diseases. These very negative conditions obviously occur, but calling them an illness or claiming they are caused by a brain chemical imbalance is simply fraudulent drug marketing. Far too many brain chemical reactions occur to determine what causes the behaviors and even the National Institute of Mental Health has admitted that the chemical imbalance theory is incorrect, but that maybe in a couple of decades they may be able to find the source of mental disorders in deeper parts of the brain. Addiction, like other listed mental disorders, is labeled as “illness” because that allows for the funding of legal drugs to allegedly treat them. AA says that addiction is an illness, but their 12-step programs only get about 5% off drugs and alcohol while the replacement drug “treatment” rarely gets people clean but tries to keep addicts on their replacement opiates (ka-ching) and usually even fails at that as these people who came for help end up back on illicit drugs.
With other dangerous and addictive or dependence-causing opioids like Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Methadone, Suboxone and other opiate-based painkillers and psychotropic drugs like anti-anxiety drugs, ADHD amphetamines and antidepressants wreaking havoc on society, you can see that it is not a stretch to conclude that the psycho-pharma industry is more of a cause of the drug problem than the illicit drug cartels, and it is all done under the guise of help.
Good News – Take a bow, Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office. They have just set a great precedent in early May 2019 by getting criminal convictions on the top executives of Fentanyl manufacturer Insys Therapeutics for bribes and kickbacks in their criminal racketeering case. Outside of Insys having sales executive and former stripper Sunrise Lee giving a doctor a lapdance to sell him on pushing Fentanyl, Oxycontin manufacturer Purdue Pharma and many of the psychiatric drug companies that have been civilly convicted under the False Claims Act have also marketed their drugs similarly with actions that include kickbacks, false studies on their drugs, cover-ups of side effects and false success rate claims and much more. These people realize that they could potentially be next in criminal court.
More good news is that the Massachusetts Attorney General has sued Purdue Pharma’s owners and board members individually for their role in creating the opioid epidemic. This is a precedent too as it has always just been the corporation getting sued.
So, as I think you can now see, with proper drug education, defunding of our currently accepted fraudulent addiction treatments and a continued attack on the Benedict Arnolds of the drug war, we can greatly reduce the problem faster than former Harvard psychologist Timothy Leary could have told students to “Tune in, Turn on and Drop Out.”
Disclaimer: Although I work for an organization, the views in this article are my own conclusions after observing and researching psychiatric and other drugs and their marketing for over thirty years. ♦
EDITOR NOTE TO READERS:
The web is full of pictures of Sunrise Lee – stripper and convicted Insys Therapeutics Sales Exec. – the company hired her to give lap dances and ‘favors’ to clients to increase sales.