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  •  This is superb Denise. I hope Kossacks will (12+ / 0-)

    take the time to become really well informed on the underying atrocity in drug addiction intervention.

    The prescription drug issue is just as important, as this comment and link expose. In 2010 during the TB backlash on the ACA, I tallied the 2009 CDC stats and combined all the reasons people die from medical care. Medications, properly prescribed and properly taken, are the biggest part of that total number.  Added together:

    American medical care is our 3rd leading cause of death.

    The religious component in drug addiction is the same as all the other issues they want to control. ANY incremental action that requires suspending (Christian ?) judgement on poor or dangerous behavior is unacceptable. The sinner must abruptly, totally and independently, stop all bad behavior. Just go to AA for all the help and support they might need. It's free.

    WIC and food stamps, early childhood education and parenting classes, accessible and affordable health care - including mental, high employment and adequate compensation including benefits, that would greatly reduce the causes of these destructive behaviors, are not appropriate use of tax payer dollars. Better to spend them on criminal justice control.

    Birth control and sex education are not an answer for reducing abortion. It's enjoying sex that must be stopped. No matter how much supportive science and agreement from mainstream church clergy there is for the importance of healthy sex in human life.

    Instead we should substitute reading the Bible (Jesus didn't even talk about studying the Torah), protesting as much as possible, arming ourselves with guns and joining the police or military to kill brown people, especially in other countries that aren't Christian.

    Thanks for the links, especially To Do No Harm. Heard about it years ago and never searched.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:00:41 PM PST

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    •  exactly. I wish there was a way (9+ / 0-)

      to remove all of this from the realm of "sin" but until we sever religion  from legislation we are stuck with it.

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      by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:11:43 PM PST

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      •  And on top of that, I truly feel people use their (7+ / 0-)

        concept of "sin" as an excuse to extract their pound of flesh from people they don't like, people they look down upon.

        If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

        by Oaktown Girl on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:47:42 PM PST

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        •  Oh definitely. Really adds to their ability to (5+ / 0-)

          try to turn around. One of the advantages to requiring rehab as opposed to criminal justice. Friends and family who see the problem could get the person to rehab long before the law catches them. It is not an easy or simple process. Professionals with the most effective programs need to be who take this job. The earlier it is initiated, the less time needed, the less damage the person has done to physical health and their lives.

          My daughter has been at CO School of Mines longer than 4 years because she is on her own paygo plan. I have been amazed at the number of classmates and friends who are ex addicts. Meth especially.

          No less amazed at the amount of self medicating there and at CU, where a nephew is going, with alcohol. I mean local  paramedics and hospitals gear up every Friday for the number that require medical intervention over the weekend - up to ventilation support in ICUs.

          Our villages have been torn down by the 1%. We need to actively rebuild them with more personal interaction, not electronic social media.

          "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

          by Ginny in CO on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:05:46 PM PST

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    •  I'm reminded of this campaign from the UK (3+ / 0-)

      It was called Nice People Take Drugs. I don't think they're running it any more, but the messages stuck with me.

      "Pretending that you're winning the war, doesn't mean that you are."

      http://www.release.org.uk/...

      "...we can all shut-up and go back to our caves." - Leonard Bernstein

      by progdog on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 05:55:04 PM PST

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