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Re: Opiates: Addiction, etc.

Posted by Jason H. on October 19, 2003, at 17:53:11

In reply to Re: Opiates: Addiction, etc., posted by Shoobie Doo on October 19, 2003, at 5:39:51

> Sorry, have to disagree. It's not true that the main problems with opiates stem from the laws around the drugs. Being on heroin or prescribed opiates really does change your view of reality profoundly, it makes you think that things are OK when they are not, it makes you takes risks that you would not otherwise. And once you are addicted your ability to make that "free choice of a consenting adult" is taken away from you. It's not just about street heroin- it's the same if you are using pharmaceutical opiates.
> As an ex addict, I can tell you that in the long term, my opiate addiction did nothing but compound and worsen and my depression and anxiety.

I have to somewhat disagree, as a former heroin addict myself, I don't think any heroin addict does anything malicious while high on an opiate or opiod. The problem comes into play only when you don't have it and massive withdrawl comes in, at least that's when I became crazy, looking for any means to get my dope. For me, and I assume many other heroin addicts, after 30 days it's not the high we crave really, it's just being well and able to function that we long for. So in a sense, I think it was correct to say that legalization makes a huge difference when it comes to heorin or opiod related crime. As for it not effecting your life, well that's just milarky. I couldn't count the number of times I dropped a cigarette into a piece of furniture, not even realizing that it was still lit and burning the couch or chair until there was a 6 inch burn hole in it. It absolutely effects everyday life, that's not to say however that if regulated it still would.




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