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Trying to Stop Prison drug dealing

Posted by Colin Rose on February 1, 2009

If it takes at least $30 million per year and 30 Xray machines to make a dent in drug dealing in federal prisons housing 153,000 inmates or 0.13% of the adult Canadian population by extrapolation it would take at least $23 billion per year and 23 thousand Xray machines to control the drug trade in the whole country and that would be a lot harder than in a very confined prison population. Ergo, forget about trying to stop the drug trade by attacking the distribution. Legalize all drugs and deal with addiction, the same way we do with legal addictions to tobacco, alcohol and junk food which kill orders of magnitude more people than all the illegal addictions combined.


Tories take aim at prison drug dealing
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
The Gazette
01 Feb 2009

OTTAWA – Organized crime may be about to lose its grip on one of its most profitable markets as the Harper government moves to put an end to drug smuggling into penitentiaries. In this war on drugs, Ottawa will spend $120 million over the next four…read more…

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Taliban’s super success: opium

Posted by Colin Rose on November 28, 2008

If it weren’t for heroin addiction the Taliban would not exist and we would not be fighting a war in Afghanistan. Until we conquer the problem of addiction in our society there will always be criminals, terrorists and drug companies preying on the misery of addicts. Another example: instead of dealing with junk food addiction we would rather spend $many billions on drugs to treat its symptoms. The recent report of the JUPITER trial, funded by AstraZeneca and really an infomercial for Crestor, is a good example. No attempt was made to treat the addiction of the mostly overweight or obese subjects in trial. Only a drug was tested to treat the metabolic manifestations of the addiction, like “dyslipidemia” and CRP. Consequently many of the subjects became diabetic.


Taliban’s super success: opium
KIRK KRAEUTLER NEW YORK TIMES
The Gazette
28 Nov 2008

UNITED NATIONS  Afghanistan has produced so much opium in recent years that the Taliban are cutting back poppy cultivation and stockpiling raw opium to support prices and preserve a major source of financing for the insurgency, says the head of the…read more…

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Obesity weighs on legal minds

Posted by Colin Rose on November 23, 2008

Disney World

Does she have a congenital or accidental disability?

Obesity is caused by addiction to junk food. Obesity is no more a disability that alcoholism. Would we acquit a drunk driver of causing a fatal accident because s/he had the disability of alcoholism?


Obesity weighs on legal minds SHARON KIRKEY CANWEST NEWS SERVICE The Gazette 23 Nov 2008 Peter Mathisen told his murder trial he couldn’t remember exactly what happened between the time he fell on his wife and the time he got off her, when he realized she was no longer moving. His appeal lawyer is launching an accident defense, citing…read more…

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Beware the campus thought police

Posted by Colin Rose on November 20, 2008

Where were the Queen’s “facilitators” during the riots at Homecoming? Or did they think that drinking yourself into a coma and trashing property was OK because it was “inclusive”. We are now witnessing the consequences on a small scale of academic liberalism’s fear of censuring any behaviour that is not overtly “racist” or “sexist”. It’s easier to shut down a treasured tradition than censure alcoholism and evil behaviour. One can only hope we won’t have to shut down our whole society because of the liberals’ unwillingness to criticize and punish addictive and self-destructive habits.

“Cowardice shuts the eyes till the sky is not larger than a calf-skin: shuts the eyes so that we cannot see the horse that is running away with us; worse, shuts the eyes of the mind and chills the heart.”
–Ralph Waldo Emerson

“To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men”
— Abraham Lincoln


Beware the campus thought police

National Post
20 Nov 2008

Just who is Queen’s University trying to kid? The school may call its new political-correctness cops “facilitators.” It may insist they will not be eavesdropping on private conservations, “preaching” to students they overhear using “offending terms,”…read more…

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Addictions to drugs and food can be conquered by self control

Posted by Colin Rose on October 29, 2008

Addiction to junk food shares the same neurological basis as drug addictions and must be treated in the same way.


Intervention can vanquish dependence
BARBARA KAY National Post bkay@videotron.ca
National Post
29 Oct 2008

When I determined to become a nicotine addict at age 14, it was more work than pleasure, involving months of nausea, dizziness and disgust. But I was motivated: Smoking was ?cool? amongst the neurotic aesthetes I naively admired. I succeeded, and…read more…

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Addiction is killing our soldiers

Posted by Colin Rose on October 14, 2008

All you say is true. Trying to burn all the poppy fields on the planet won`t work. And if it`s not heroin or cocaine it will be some other addiction from which criminals and terrorists can make a profit. The root cause is addiction. Addictions kill in one way or another. Whether it addiction is legal or illegal is irrelevant. Legal addctions to tobacco, alcohol and junk food kill thousands of times more people than all illegal addictions combined. But every time a heroin addict spends money on a fix a fraction of that payment goes towards potentially killing a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan. Those who think that heroin addiction is just a disease that has to be treated by “harm reduction” to the individual instead of curing the addiction are only encouraging more payments to terrorists. There is no vaccine against addiction. Curing addiction requires denial of transient self-destructive pleasure and painful decisions by the individual, not something polititians or UNODOC want to talk about. We should be spending at least as much researching, preventing and curing addiction of all types as we spend on the War on Drugs and the War on Terrorism.


War on Drugs is killing our soldiers
DAN GARDNER
Times Colonist
12 Oct 2008

fghanistan is going badly. ?We?re not going to win this war,? said a top British general this month. Well, pass the smelling salts. The War on Drugs created Afghanistan?s massive illicit drug trade. This trade funds the insurgency, corrupts the…read more…

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