GOVEROTRAGEOUS: the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” reminds me of Prohibition

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2015/10/04/nearly-75-people-reportedly-overdose-on-laced-heroin-in-3-day-span-chicago/?intcmp=hplnws

HEALTH
Nearly 75 people reportedly overdose on laced heroin in 3-day span in Chicago
Published October 04, 2015FoxNews.com

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Nearly 75 people reportedly overdosed on dangerous narcotics, possibly heroin laced with painkiller fentanyl, in Chicago over a three-day span, according to city health and fire officials.

The Chicago Tribune, citing hospital officials, reported by Friday afternoon at least 14 people were rushed to Mount Sinai Hospital in Chicago to be treated for possible heroin overdoses, and some patients still had needles in their arms.

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”We suspect what is happening is the same thing that happened in 2006 when people were getting heroin that was cut with fentanyl, which is a very strong narcotic,” she told the newspaper. “That’s what we think is happening.”

The Drug Enforcement Administration and Chicago police are teaming up to try and find the source of the batches.

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The last major outbreak of fentanyl-related deaths took place between 2005 and 2007. The outbreak killed more than 1,000 people across the country and dozens specifically in Chicago.

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Doesn’t anyone remember their history lessons?

OK, anyone remember Robert Stack playing Elliott Ness in the Untouchables? Where during Prohibition, he had to track down a moonshiner who was making contaminated bathtub gin. That gin was causing folks to die or go blind!

Can’t you see the similarity here?

Argh!

Now imagine an American where drugs were “legal”. Let’s have a mental experiment.  The addiction rate would be at a historical norm — since back in the days when that Chinese emporer study the problem and couldn’t fix it then by killing addicts — of 10%. Walmart, Walgreens, RiteAid, and every drugstore would be selling “drugs”. Clean, pure, of know quantity and quality. And, of course, they would offer treatment alternatives. 

Also, since it would no longer be illegal or “dangerous”, children would find some other alternative to rebel. Dye their hair, pierce their bodies, and listing to bad music — oh wait they’ve done that through the decades already. (But it doesn’t kill them!)

Of course, currently “illegal” drugs would be cheap, so one could have a “habit” and hold down a job — which was common in late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

Now let’s consider the poor Drug Lords, Cartels, and drug dealing gangs. Guess they’ll have to find other employment since Walmart can drive the profit out of anything.

And, all the money that the USA spends on prisons, courts, cops, DEA, FDA, BATF, etc. etc. can be redirected to treatment.

Wow, what different country this would be.

How many people would still be alive?

How many people would be better off?

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — attributed to Einstein

Time to end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs”!

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