I don't get how people think legalizing harmful drugs would be okay. My mom worked with drug addicts and she said it was the saddest thing she's ever seen. I went through withdrawal and it was the most painful experience of my life. I have a high risk of getting lung cancer because my parents smoke. It's hard for me to breathe when I walk even a little bit faster than normal. My friend's dad died of drug overdose. The list goes on. People like the-red-church make me sick.
The thinking is mostly that the current system removes the incentive to actually look for a cure for it. And with CARA just recently passed (which among other things made it easier for doctors to prescribe Suboxone), the idea might gain steam.
I do get what you’re saying though, the idea of just letting people just abuse those kinds of drugs without consequence is dangerous.
Still, six death row inmates died between 2010 and 2015 with detectable levels of methamphetamines, heroin metabolites or other drugs in their system, according to Marin County coroner records.
Three of them had toxic levels of drugs, including one in whose intestines were found five snipped fingers of a latex glove, each packed with methamphetamine or marijuana. He had overdosed when they burst. A 70-year-old man among the three died of acute methamphetamine toxicity.
State psychological reports and court files document at least eight non-fatal drug overdoses that required death row inmates to be hospitalized during this period.
The overdoses on death row mirror the larger problem with drugs in California’s prison system as a whole. From 2010 to 2015, 109 inmates died of overdoses, according to state figures.
Reports to the Legislature show that as many as 80% of inmates in some cell blocks tested positive for illegal substances in 2013.
“Here’s a 67 year-old actress that lets the camera one millimeter from her face. She was wearing make up, no makeup, and sometimes makeup that made her worse. And, you know, just completely no vanity, complete surrender to the world, complete surrender to the material.”
-Darren Aronofsky on Ellen Burstyn in Requiem for a Dream.
Do you ever sit there and wonder why you’re still alive? After all the attempted overdoses on painkillers, the amount you smoke, all the alcohol you’ve consumed, the experiments with drugs..You do all this self destructive shit and you’re still alive and you don’t know why?
The loudest voices advocating for supervised injection sites in Toronto in a committee room at city hall on Monday were those who could not be there in person.
Brooklyn McNeil, 22. Brad Chapman, 43. A loved one who collapsed in a Tim Horton’s bathroom and never made it out alive.
The stories of Toronto residents who died of overdoses on Toronto streets were heard for hours by board of health members, told by their friends, family and support workers at an emotional meeting that saw an overwhelming push for what advocates say would be a life-saving measure.
The board unanimously agreed, signalling a new approach to harm reduction as a public health problem — one that has yet to be implemented in Ontario.
Members backed a recommendation from outgoing chief medical officer of health, Dr. David McKeown, to move forward with three sites proposed within existing community health centres on Queen St. W., near Yonge and Dundas Sts. and in Leslieville. Final approval will be sought at council next week.
“Brooklyn McNeil was not an exception. People are dying every week,” said John MacDonald, a harm reduction worker at Eva’s Satellite homeless shelter where McNeil — a Thunder Bay native who struggled herself with addiction and mental health from a young age — had become an advanced peer worker.
She died of an overdose on June 22. She would have been 23 on Tuesday.
“She’d still be alive if there was a safe injection site. She didn’t even really have a chance to live anywhere near a full life,” MacDonald said. “Every week we’re getting emails about someone overdosing and dying. It’s going to get worse unless we have safe injections sites. They may not save everybody, but even one life — it’s worth opening them.”
From Keanu Reeves:
“Most people know me, but don’t know my story. At the age of 3, I watched my father leave. I attended four different high schools and struggled with dyslexia, making my education more challenging than it is for most. Eventually I left high school without earning a diploma. At the age of 23, my closest friend River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. In 1998, I met Jennifer Syme. We fell instantly in love and by 1999, Jennifer was pregnant with our daughter. Sadly, after eight months, our child was born stillborn. We were devastated by her death and it eventually ended our relationship. 18 months later, Jennifer died in a car accident. Since then I avoid serious relationships and having kids. My younger sister had lukemia. Today she is cured, and I donated 70% of my gains from the movie Matrix to Hospitals that treat leukemia. I am one of the only Hollywood stars without a Mansion. I don’t have any bodyguards and do not wear fancy clothes. And even though I’m worth $100 million, I still ride the subway and I love it! So in the end, I think we can all pretty well agree that even in the face of tragedy, a stellar person can thrive. No matter what’s going on in your life, you can overcome it! Life is worth living.”