Damned if we Decriminalize Drugs and Damned if we Don’t; either way Drugs have Damned Us

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 2nd, 2012

Week in Review

Drugs are a problem with no easy solution.  The drug market in the U.S. is fueling horrific crime south of the border.  And most violent crime in the U.S. is related to the illegal drug trade.  This makes a very strong case to decriminalize drugs.  And trust in responsible people to use drugs responsibly.  But then you have stories like this (see Miami Cannibal Attack: Horrific Dangers of “Bath Salts” Drug by Lisa Collier Cool posted 6/1/2012 on Yahoo! Health).

The “cannibal” attacker who gnawed off another man’s face in Miami is suspected to have been high on a dangerous street drug called “bath salts.” Police say that during the zombie-like naked rampage that horrified the world, Rudy Eugene, 31, displayed deranged behavior similar to other horrific crimes linked to bath salts, before being shot dead by police on Saturday.

Bath salts, which have been called the new LSD, cause people “to go completely insane and become very violent,” said Armando Aguilar, president of the Miami Fraternal Order of Police told CNN. Also known by street names like “Ivory Wave,” “Vanilla Sky,” “Bliss,” “Dynamite” and “Purple Rain,” bath salts made headlines last year after a torrent of ER visits, thousands of calls to poison control centers, and a number of deaths, including murders and suicides…

Banned in several states, bath salts contain amphetamine-like chemicals that have uniquely hazardous effects on the brain. “If you take the worst attributes of meth, coke, PCP, LSD and Ecstasy and put them together, that’s what we’re seeing sometimes,” Mark Ryan, director of the Louisiana Poison Center, told The New York Times…

CNN reports, “The effects include producing feelings of empathy, stimulation, alertness, euphoria, sensory awareness and hallucinations. Other reported effects include rapid heart rate, high blood pressure, and sweating. According to the DEA, MDPV has been reported to cause intense panic attacks, psychosis, and a strong desire to use the drug again.”

Physiological effects include high blood pressure and increased heart rate, according to a report by WebMD. According to a CDC report of bath salt abusers in Michigan, users risk both psychological side effects and physical side effects.

In fact, according to Huffington Post:

•91 percent of users had neurological damage

•77 percent experienced cardiovascular damage

•49 percent had psychological difficulties associated with the drug

•37 percent of the people who suffered mental health problems reported attempting suicide or having suicidal thoughts related to bath salts

Bath salts are a more powerful drug than previous drugs.  In fact if you add the worse a handful of past drugs will do you get what this new drug will do.  In other words, those other drugs were gateway drugs to this drug.  Which is the general trend in using drugs.  Start out small.  And keep moving up to bigger and more powerful drugs.  Not every pothead may move on to bath salts.  But it is very likely that every bath salts user started out a pothead.  Making marijuana the gateway drug to all other drugs.

A lot of drugs will cause neurological and cardiovascular damage.  And a lot will cause mental health problems and suicide.  Sad but primarily only the user suffers these drug affects.  But when the side effects include insanity, violence, psychosis and murder the drug affects tend to affect more than the user.  Which makes a very strong case against decriminalizing drugs.  Even marijuana.  For it is the rare drug addict that starts off with a drug that causes insanity, violence, psychosis and murder. 

People have moved on from marijuana to stronger drugs.  While all of these drugs were illegal.  So if any of these drugs became legal it is only logical that it will pull more people into the drug-using world.  And help more people up the ladder to stronger drugs.  All the way to bath salts.

So when it comes to the big question of whether we should decriminalize drugs the sad truth is that we are damned if we do.  And damned if we don’t.  In short, either way drugs have damned us.

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