Are you ready to end the drug war yet?

Drugs mean a lot of different things for different people

Addiction starts like ordinary behaviour in social context, its rewards are powerful and immediate.
Addiction starts like ordinary behaviour in social context, its rewards are powerful and immediate.
Later on, the social context is not so important and people continue for variety of reasons...
Later on, the social context is not so important and people continue for variety of reasons...
depending who they are, who old they are, what is their personality and what is their cultural background...
depending who they are, who old they are, what is their personality and what is their cultural background...
they use drugs for different purposes, businessmen use tobacco to calm their nerves, physicians use opiates to help them deal with stress...
they use drugs for different purposes, businessmen use tobacco to calm their nerves, physicians use opiates to help them deal with stress...
Why lots of people don't become addicts?
Why lots of people don't become addicts?
The answer is in the balance between incentives and restraints.
The answer is in the balance between incentives and restraints.
People start with balance but picture changes, they make stronger attachment to addiction.
People start with balance but picture changes, they make stronger attachment to addiction.
People at risk have lots of pulling factors towards incentives but less towards constraints.
People at risk have lots of pulling factors towards incentives but less towards constraints.
Dependency develop over time, it is flowing continuum.
Dependency develop over time, it is flowing continuum.
Reward is powerful and immediate they ignore all harmful signs.
Reward is powerful and immediate they ignore all harmful signs.
There is no balance any more, one is pulling them in one direction and another is restraining them...
There is no balance any more, one is pulling them in one direction and another is restraining them...
When attachment has risen and conflict has risen,
When attachment has risen and conflict has risen,
positives go up, harm goes up...
positives go up, harm goes up...
The addicts are in tremendous pressure, they are closely attached to something and now they are told to give it up....
The addicts are in tremendous pressure, they are closely attached to something and now they are told to give it up....
There is conflict.
There is conflict.
What happens to people under conflict?
What happens to people under conflict?
They minimize the amount and how often they use drugs.
They minimize the amount and how often they use drugs.
They change their social group to spend time with people who share their habbit.
They change their social group to spend time with people who share their habbit.
'Pleasure now, pain later', they say.
'Pleasure now, pain later', they say.
They get hooked, they can not function properly.
They get hooked, they can not function properly.
Their behaviour become dysfunctional and they become obsessive.
Their behaviour become dysfunctional and they become obsessive.
Their dependency stopped being normal and it became a problem.
Their dependency stopped being normal and it became a problem.
It is time to make the right decisions to change their behaviour.  Addiction is learned behaviour and the change is possible.
It is time to make the right decisions to change their behaviour. Addiction is learned behaviour and the change is possible.
It depends on each individual and what they need, the change takes time but they are all capable to bring control back into their lives.
It depends on each individual and what they need, the change takes time but they are all capable to bring control back into their lives.

The history of drug wars

the science of addiction

for a species

wired for survival

we have an odd habit

of getting hooked

on things

that can kill us

and we kill each other

for them too...


Can we stop drug wars?

Can we stop addiction?

Can we stop making and distributing drugs?

Can we stop hunger for drugs?

Can we stop poverty?

Can we stop corruption?


You know and I know

the answer is NO.


Addiction is such

a harmful behaviour

that evolution

should have long ago

weeded it out of the population

and yet

humans will always

experiment

with things

to make them feel good.

What else I can say,

drug wars

will only end

with the last man....


Attitudes to drug use

have changed

over time.

The history of drugs

is history of humankind.


Neolithic man

made his first

alcoholic drink

through the fermentation

of cereals

and Stone Age beer jugs

have been found,

the first wine industry

flourished

along the banks

of Nile.


Chinese doctors

used marijuana

before 4000 BC

while in Iraq

in 6000 BC

opium was used

to treat many illnesses

and we can only guess

how long people have been using drugs

to change their states of consciousness.


In 1492 Columbus

smoked tobacco

with Native Americans.

In 1600 Marijuana cultivation

began in the U.S.

with the Jamestown settlers.

in 1919 the National Prohibition Act

and in 1971 President Nixon

declared a WAR ON DRUGS,

and yet nothing changed.


The drug industries are the first

to fight back,

in 1994 Tobacco industry

denied nicotine

is addictive

just as other drugs.


Instead of declaring the war,

we should ask

whether addiction

can ever be cured.


Drugs are everywhere around you,

part of our nature,

part of us,

yearning to use it,

reuse it,

misuse it

is there

4,000 plants

all around the world

are known

for their intoxicating effects

but we use only 40 of them,

so far....


In Biblical times,

St Paul

condemned drunkenness

and yet

recomended

the consumption of wine

in moderate amounts

to commune with God.

Noah listened to him

planting his own vineyard

he drank of the wine

to his shame

label 'drunkard'

stuck to his name.


In colonial 17-18th Century,

drunkenness was a choice,

albeit a sinful one,

which some individuals made.


Suddenly,

in the 19-20th centuries,

addiction became a disease

people taking drugs

are no more weak,

just unfortunate

or are they?


In the middle of the 19th century

in prosperous England

when gin and rum trading

were rife

there were many problems

we still recognise

in our times:

poverty,

homelessness,

child neglect

among the social disadvantaged.

The middle class

developed the new theory,

arguing

that because of their moral weakness

'the lower classes'

are unable to control their drinking.

If you listen carefully

to some of us,

who feel superior,

you will hear 'this moral view'

being presented even today.


In the Pharmacological view

the addiction resides

in the substance itself,

alcohol was vested with a power

that humans had no control over

and therefore society had an obligation

to protect its members.


Once prohibition ended

the disease view of addiction

emerged

as a way

of humanely responding

to the many people

who had developed

problems with their drug use

with only one goal of treatment

abstinence.


The Social Learning view

emerged in 1960s

and focuses

on the interaction

between the environment,

individual

and drug

as a way to understand

the complexity of the drug experience.


"Addictions are repetitive behaviours

in the face of negative consequences,"

Joseph Frascella from the Institute on Drug Abuse said,

"The desire to continue something you know is bad for you."


The drug use is learned

and is functional,

which means,

change is possible

and control is possible,

and yet,

the sad part is that

if you look at where

addiction treatment

was 10 years ago,

it hasn't gotten much better.


During those same 10 years

researchers have made progress

in understanding

the physical basis of addiction,

a more detailed understanding

of how deeply addiction

can affect the brain,

by hijacking memory-making processes

by exploiting emotions,

using that knowledge,

they have begun

to design new drugs

to cut off the craving

that drives an addict

irresistibly toward relapse,

the greatest risk

facing

even the most dedicated abstainer.


We know drugs are here to stay,

we know, when exposed to them,

our memory systems,

reward circuits,

decision making skills

and conditioning kick in

to create an all consuming pattern

of uncontrollable craving

that goes for nonchemical addictions

as well

for gambling,

shopping,

food

internet

and sex

may start out as habits

but slide quickly into something else.


Not everyone becomes an addict

we have other,

more analytical areas of the brain

while performing decision-making tasks

to evaluate sequences

and override mere pleasure seeking...


Is that all

what separates

a heavy user

from a problem user

from an addict?


Studies have long shown

that stress can increase the desire for drugs,

among higher creatures like us,

stress can also alter

the way the brain thinks,

the way it contemplates

the consequences of actions.


Recall how many times

in a day

you found yourself

in a stressful situation,

the familiar 'fight or flight mode'

you are more impulsive

giving in to your craving

again and again....


The history of drug wars

hasn't finished yet,

the science of addiction

hasn't found a cure,

we have to face ourselves

our own addiction

is in our own hands,

"It's never too late,"

the previous user said as a message

for drug users,

"There is more to life than destroying yourself."













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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Very interesting on many levels!!!!


Casimiro 4 years ago

Creative hub presentation, thanks for that alone, but thanks for a great take on the drug addiction problem, one that is to say the least, intractable.

I was in the camp that says legalize drugs to get rid of the violence aspect to this, but lately I'm not so sure.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, my dear fellow hubbers for embracing my new hub so warmly, and big thanks dear Casimiro for your beautiful message, very appreciated:) You are right, humans are too complex and addiction mirrors their complex behaviours and response to stimuli...we are just too curious for our own good...we just love to explore our consciousness and don't realize that by gaining something we always have to loose something...nothing is for free....


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Absolutely.

This hub is poetry and visual art work. Well thought out and laid out.

It's like a web page sculpture....yet interactive.


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poetvix 4 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

I don't remember having ever seen such a well laid out argument in prose. Thumbs up! I agree.

We will never control drug use. Interesting side note- everything, just about, can be and is defined as a drug. Did you know oxygen is a drug? It's true. People are going to do what they want to do and in a free society, if we are honest, should be allowed to decide for themselves understanding they are still responsible for their own actions be they under the influence or not. Just my thought.


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hirundine 4 years ago from Nelson, B.C. Canada

Ah yes, d-r-u-g-s! The big bogey word.

If you want to make something lucrative? Just make it illegal.

My suspicion is; that the people who have controlled the drug industry for the last 400 years or so, still do. It's just so much more lucrative now. I expect the real merchants hide behind, their frontmen?

Just ask the British and Dutch East India Co.s.

On a side note. Take a look at the italian mafias. They all have their territories and their coats of arms. Not surprisingly? Many elements of their heraldry, use the similar emblems of their european elite counterparts.

Also Beata, you make no mention of the legally prescribed drugs that cause addiction. Oxycontin, Sleeping pills, Diet pills and mother's little helpers; or speed. I expect I've missed a few?

"War on Drugs" was always designed to cause panic in the streets; of ordinary people. To justify the millions of tax-payer's money, used to build police forces. To push through large amounts of money into the judicial system and reason to build over-crowded gaols. That their friends who paid for their elections, now build.

The pimps who control their women, through forced addictions, etc. These ladies would likely have never become addicts, if not for those men. Chances are? If they could buy their drugs at a Pharmacy, would get out of that vicious cycle.

But no! Politicians who are adept at making tax-payers money disappear. Faster than any pusher. Still thump their "holier-than-thou" messages. Frightening ordinary people, with their rhetoric.

War, war on anything. Is designed to make money. Through division and panic. Peace just does not sell; enough coca-cola.


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ikepius 4 years ago from Twittosphere: @ikepius

Very well written prose. The war on drugs is lost when you look at it generally. Good thing people like you write to remind us about the dangers of drugs.


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Borsia 4 years ago from Currently, Philippines

There are a few things that are amiss in your rundown of drugs and addiction.

First and most important is that the idea that once someone takes a given drug they are suddenly addicted.

Looking at the most predominant drug in history alcohol the percentage of people who use alcohol in Western society is around 80% if not higher. Yet the percentage of those who do becoming alcoholics is relatively small maybe 10% probably less.

The fact is that the vast majority of people who drink never develop a drinking problem.

Likewise the same is true of most drugs. There are countless numbers of people who use drugs recreationally without ever having a drug problem let alone becoming addicted.

When you are talking about marijuana there is no such thing as addiction in the true sense of the word. There are some who become dependent mentally but physical addiction doesn't happen with marijuana. Nor is it possible to overdose on marijuana, whereas we can overdose on pretty much anything else, even water.

As you pointed out drug use goes as far back into human history as we have been able to track it, no doubt long before that.

The oldest written document ever found is a recipe for beer.

It is interesting that this isn’t confined to our species. Many animals seek out intoxicating substances of their own.

Of course we start out in childhood with things like spinning to achieve dizziness.

We lead stressful lives so it is no wonder that we seek things that can relieve that stress.

If statistics tell us anything it is that it is more natural to use some substance than to abstain from them.

The “war on drugs” and illegality have done far more to hurt the cause rather than help it. It is the high cost and difficulty in getting reliable drugs that has driven the invention of ever more dangerous concoctions such as Meth and Crack.

The one thing that is glaringly clear is the total abject failure of the war on drugs. Countless trillions of dollars and an endless list of destroyed lives have not reduced drug use at all, in fact it is still rising.

Had that resource been used to help those who do have addictive natures and to educate there would be far less damage today.

But our corrupt legal system rushes to condemn someone for drug use so they can make it to their 5 Martini lunch.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Very awesome and interesting, the only thing i am addicted to is HubPages and i want to stay hooked on that.

Vote awesome !


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cathylynn99 4 years ago from northeastern US

drugs and prostitution should be legalized, monitored for safety, and taxed.


Casimiro 4 years ago

cathylynn99, I used to think that's the answer, too, but lately I've come to realize that drugs would never be completely legalized. At best they'd be regulated (which is what monitored and taxed implies) and that means the cost difference between what we have now and what you envision would not be so much. So, drug lords, cartels, the mafia, etc. would get more efficient and probably bring the cost difference to their favor again. To be truly legalized the more innocuous drugs, such as marijuana, should be as hands-off as my lawn!


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Excellent Hub. I think the thing it shows is that you do not have to be addicted, if you use some common sense. After one of my surgeries, the doctor ordered morphine for me to be administered through the central line in my neck (some serious pain). Within moments, I knew how people get addicted. The pain went away quickly and there was an euphoric feeling I have never know before and probably never will. Usually pain shots in hospitals are not mainlined and you do not get that unique feeling, thus making it safe to use the drug. People just need to learn that the feeling of escape only lasts a short time and it is not worth sacrificing your health and your future.


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Wesman Todd Shaw 4 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

Larry Wall....proving he knows not a single thing about addiction, yet again.


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agusfanani 4 years ago from Indonesia

I agree that all people in the world should be hand in hand to war drug abuse and all activities related with it. Let's save our children and young generation from this global menace.


Larry Wall 4 years ago

Mr. Shaw:

I am not going to answer your foolishness. I will let

the people on the hubs that you seem to be trolling decide if I know what I am talking about or not. I see by your profile you know a lot about guitars. I have no musical talent. I would not question you about the worth of one brand or type of guitar over the other. I will also respect your opinions, if you ever voice one, instead of choosing to belittle me. I do not know your purpose. I guess you have nothing better to do. Possibly, you are one of the bullies I have written about in the past. I do not know. If you explained what I do not know, maybe your comment would have had more meaning. By the way, I spent a year in pre-pharmacy school and worked two years in a neighborhood drug store. I had one friend die of drug addiction. My son has seen three of his high school friends die of overdoses. I have some knowledge. Maybe you will share your knowledge with us one day.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Compelling write..Addictions are rampant in all societies all over the world. What angers me the most are the children who try it for a thrill, not realizing the danger..Thank you..


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for again entering my 'poetic platform' for debate on this complex issue, some hubbers mentioned that I have missed out some facets to this compelling topic and I am aware of that...there is so much you can include that my hub would go forever....take my little piece of writing as the starting point and just explore this question from all the sides you like....it is open question and there is no one answer that would satisfy everyone...


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

Beata Stasak...Very well written and researched..the war on drugs will never cease to exist because too many hands are in the pot and money is the bootom line. Whether it be the drugs on the street or big Phamaceutical , it is another way to take and keep control of a society..as you stated it has been since the dawn of man..thanks for bring this subject to attention..good job..voted up and interesting


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lauramaryscott 4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

Beata Stasak, read your poem. I am impressed. Good work. I read recently where fresh marijuana leaves are juiced with other vegetables to help control/cure numerous health problems. However, when marijuana is heated it becomes psychotic which is not in line with the healthful aspects of the plant.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I think you stated it well with our expression on the turn of drug usage, "to change their states of consciousness.". Most drugs are useful in healing but when taken from this purpose, it becomes a toxin. I myself prefer the natural methods of healing due to the damage drugs can cause over time. Great topic and very well covered.


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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Beata -

Very interesting presentation of a problem that has always and will always be a part of the human race. Drugs have provided an escape from reality for many, as well as a feeling of euphoia for others. As long as people seek escape or "highs" we will not see the end of drugs. Well done hub!


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubbers for your encouraging responses to my little hub to examine one of those modern and yet so old topics . Volunteering as a counsellor for alcohol and other drug abuse, I just feel this topic is very close to my heart:)


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Addiction, greed, and illegality are all so entertwined that a viable solutions seems all but impossible. Legalizing eliminates one element of the triangle and possibly reduces the opportunity for greed to flourish yet does little or nothing for the addiction. Eliminating the product speaks to reducing the addition, raises the illegality and offers new points of greed...it would appear that the underlying foundation and driving force behind it all is human weakness. It is amazing that humans have the ability to reason yet will still use products proven to endanger their health and well-being thus the process of education in eliminating human weakness may only have limited effect. Maybe we have exposed the one flaw in mankind, other than sin, which will ultimately lead to his/her demise. ~WB


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Dear Wayne, thank you so much for your insightful comment, always apreciated, all the best from B


Janhorner 4 years ago

Very interesting hub which has attracted a lot of comments. Drugs; whichever one is a lethal instrument. The drug lords do not care about anything other than money and human life means nothing to them. It will never be controlled. Your hub is brilliant and so much thought has gone into it. Voted up,

Jan


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Jan for your insightful comment, you are right, it is time to stop asking 'why do we take drugs?' and start asking 'what to do to stop dependency on them', we never stop taking drugs or alcohol for whatever reason we do it, but we have to learn to control our dependency:)


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janshares 4 years ago from Washington, DC

Beata, your hubs are so unique. Ive seen nothing like it. I see why you are so successful. You are truly an original. The images and captions for this one are very powerful. Thanks for inviting me and for the nice fanmail. Voted up an interesting. Great message in poem, too.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, 'janshares', we all have our own individual way to express ourselves and touch subject that we care about, 'hubbing' for me is all about sharing our unique voices to create something that will enrich us all....thank you for joining me on my hubbing journey...keep hubbing, living and loving:)


An AYM 4 years ago

I believe drugs are a legitimate means of seeing oneself in a different perspective. Between addiction and normality lies an area of responsible drug use. I have found it to be a valid occasional accompaniment to practicing meditation, though I agree that simply doing drugs will get one nowhere.

There's a quote I like (That I can't remember exactly) that goes something along the lines of "Drugs can show you the door, but they cannot put you through it".


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you An AYM for your insightful comment, we crave so many things, we always want to reach somewhere far, far beyond...you are right, knock on a door, get in but always leave it open so you have an option - exit out:)


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

I hear you loud and clear, it's not working... It's in our hands to decide what we do with ourselves and our resources.


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c1234rystal 4 years ago

Great point about the war on drugs. Nothing has been solved so far and with the methods currently in use, I doubt it will be. It's really the people who get caught up in the waves of drug trafficking that I have sympathy for. Do you think there's a solution to the violence that accompanies the buying and selling of drugs?


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goego 4 years ago from Loserland

I think If they were free there would bee less of a reason to fight over them, I don't know about you but if heroin was offered to me for free tomorrow, I'm not gonna go and jam a needle in my arm. In my opinion drug users and abusers are trying to mask internal issues that they can't or don't know how to deal with, whether it's paint, mouthwash or pain killers they'll find a way to cope. The more we oppress and outlaw... The more we oppress and outlaw


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for your great inputs, and you guessed well, I am not wiser than you what to do...my volunteering in drug abusing field taught me one lesson: there is no black and white solution, just as there is none in all other social issues, unfortunatelly we are too complex human beings for our own good....people in poor countries are involved in drug trafficking due to poverty and they want to be rich and happy, people in rich countries are involved in drug abusing because they have found out that just being 'well off' doesn't necessarily guarantee you eternal happiness...

What are we looking for?....


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Louisa Rogers 4 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Beata, hello from a first-time commenter. What a great hub; the history was fascinating and some of it new to me. I divide my life between the U.S. and Mexico so I see the effects of narcotrafico close-up. I hate US hipocracy-- Mexico bashing, when we are the customers that keep the business thriving. I think marijuana should, and will, be legalized, but I also see the dark side of it because I live in Humboldt county, CA, where it is a huge cash crop and the profits it has brought to those involved have damaged the environment, the economy and even the social cohesion.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, so much Luisa for updating me about the drug situation from your part of the world, I have penpal friend from East Africa and he has explained to me how the drugs are transported from South America to their shores by boats and then repackaged and sailed further to their final destination - Europe. They are happy for this business as it keeps them alive and out of poverty for a while:) Who is there to blame, just like you said, there is hypocracy to blame solely South Americans and Eastern Africans for the drug trade...they need money and if Europeans keep buying it, they will keep supplying it...legalization will keep 'black market and maybe it will stop the unethical dealing and poor quality drugs that cost so much lives'...


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cheaptrick 4 years ago from the bridge of sighs

Very well presented.Much food for thought.The comments were interesting as well.

Dean


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you, Dean, that is the great advantage of being a part of the hub community, you are never short of insightful and interesting comments:)

Happy to meet you and all the best:)


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Alberic O 4 years ago from Any Clime, Any Place

This is one of the most creative contemporary poetry/hubs I've come across.


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Beata Stasak 4 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Alebric, it is so nice of you to say so:) Some people like the type of contemporary poetry or whatever it is (I call it the 'scattered images in my mind') I write and some not, but it is the most comfortable way for me to tackle the 'chalenging topics', happy it is beneficial for enough hubbers up there:) All the best with living, hubbing and commenting...looking forward to hear from you again:)


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actionbronson 3 years ago

One of the best hubs I have read on here. Very well written. The war on drugs has done much more harm and has not solved any problems. Prohibition and drug laws are what create crime not the drugs themselves. The U.S. has spent billions on a war that has has lasted over 45 years that cannot be won. Drugs are still as plentiful as ever. There needs to be proper regulation and prohibition needs to end. Prohibition and putting people in jail is not solving any problems at all. Destroying a persons life by putting them in jail and when they get out they cannot get a single job because the system has destroyed all their opportunity with a felony is wrong beyond believe. Jailing a human being for having an experience is asking for the worst possible karma. U.S. needs to follow Portugal and treat addiction as a health issue rather than a crime. The fact is addiction can happen to anyone and people who are missing a parent are more susceptible to addiction. Addiction is not a crime, it's not hurting another person. It's a health issue that needs to be treated properly because it's now out of the hands of the person with the addiction. It's absolutely dead wrong to treat addiction, a health issue with force and violence. It's inhumane and needs to change. Portugal can be used as an example. They decriminalized all drugs and now crime and addiction has significantly reduced. The same thing will happen when the U.S. stops abusing it's own citizens over having a health issue.


Larry Wall 3 years ago

I hear all the time about the decriminalization of drug use. No one has shown me any figures, because no one is probably counting, of the incidence of family abuse, traffic accidents and other related events because people use drugs. I am not talking about adding in all the theft and robbery charges. I am talking about are we going to let a person snort coke and drive. Are we going to set a limit, like we do with alcohol? There is a secondary layer of problems caused by the used of drugs that are not being addressed in the move to make drugs legal. Are we going to make all drugs legal? Are we going to eliminate the need for a doctor's prescription before we buy pain pills? Are we going to turn out backs on the building of meth labs and the dangers they bring?

Some may be talking about marijuana and nothing else. I have never used it and probably never will. However, there are a lot of other drugs out there and new drugs are always being discovered. Do we want air traffic controllers using pot or coke before starting their shifts? Will you care if your surgeon has been snorting coke or shooting up before he operates on you? The legalization of drug arguments seemed to be levied at the freedoms of individuals to do as they please. Is any thought being given to the impact the legalization of drugs will have on people who do not use them? This is a complicated subject with a lot of questions that are not being answered or even addressed.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my fellow hubbers for your insightful comments and a great advice, you are right, Larry Wall, there are many questions that are not being answered or even touched in this little hub, because there is only so many words you can use to catch attention of a reader and this complicated issue is never ending...it should be used just as a platform for great discussions that had already started or maybe some other skilled and knowledgeable hubber on the subject just like you...may continue...:)


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Borsia 3 years ago from Currently, Philippines

Larry; You are forgetting that all of these things are already happening. The most dangerous time for an addict to drive is when they are looking for drugs.

Driving laws cover any type of impairment not just alcohol. Many of the bad drugs we have today, like meth, came as a result of the high prices of older drugs. Anything is better than the failure of the “war on drugs” that has been lost for 40 years.


Larry Wall 3 years ago

Borisa:

I do not agree all of these things are happening. I do not believe doctors are smoking a joint before surgery, because if caught they would lose their medical licenses. Pharmacies do not give out pain pills without prescriptions from doctors. I think many are focusing on marijuana, but when you say legalize drugs, you are opening up a whole new area.

If Marijuana is ever legalized, it is going to be regulated just like any other drug. I do not believe you will buy it at the corner convenience store. I believe growers and producers will have to be licensed. I believe tests will be devised to determined if there are any foreign materials in the marijuana being sold, etc. You may end the expenditures we spend fighting the battle but we are going to spend a fortune on regulations. Also, when you mention drugs, are you talking about including GHP and the other date rape drugs. If your arguments are limited marijuana, that is one thing, but when you use the term drugs, then it opens up a whole new area.


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Borsia 3 years ago from Currently, Philippines

Larry; The only drugs I would really like to see legalized are marijuana and hashish, which is just another form of marijuana.

I've known doctors, dentists, lawyers and many other professionals, including police, who smoke and who did cocaine. Most were just casual users a few managed to screw up their lives, because of the costs, but the majority never had a "drug problem".

I've certainly known far more who used alcohol with bad results, including one who crashed his truck killing a family of 4.

Whether you want to see it or not there are millions of drug users of every type driving operating heavy machinery and in virtually every imaginable jobs.

You need a prescription to get pain and psychoactive drugs. You don't need one to buy street drugs. That being said prescription drugs are probably the most widely abused.

The reason I support legalizing most drugs is that we haven't had any effect with the “war” drug use is up after 40+ years of abject failure. It's time to go another way, time to take the money out of the drug trade and time to focus on drug treatment instead of upping the prison population.

That doesn't mean that I approve of all drugs or would want to see them legalized but what we are doing now isn't working.

Will some people die as a result,,, obviously. But I would much rather they crawl into a corner and OD than commit endless crimes to pay for their habits.

Somewhere between 2/3 – ¾ of crimes are drug related the majority of property crimes are done to buy drugs.


Larry Wall 3 years ago

Borsia:

We are not going to agree. However, you make the point that many people are already doing the things I fear. If I knew a doctor was getting high before operating on me, I would get another doctor.

Regardless of that, I would like you view and we can then end this exchange, on the following.

If the drugs that you named are legalized, will that lead to more people using those drugs. Since they will not be free, will we not have the secondary impact of money intended for food and clothing for children being spent on drugs, people committing other crimes to afford the drugs and so on and so on. You can legalize drugs. I think you will increase the number of users. I do think that marijuana, like alcohol is a drug of entry for many people--not all but many, and I think we are going to have many of the same issues we have today. Marijuana arrests for small amounts are on the decline. The medical benefits of marijuana are someone overstated by some--beneficial to some but not to all.

As I said much earlier or on another Hub, the movement to legalize pot started in the 1970s, when I was a college student. I was oppose to it then. I am still oppose to it. I respect your right to have your view. We are just going have to agree that we disagree on the benefits vs. the negative aspects of the sought-after legalization.


druhepkins 3 years ago

Nice hub and creatively presented.

Yes, drugs will always be with us. Many people ruin their lives with addiction, however I do feel it should be legalized.

Despite our personal biases and opinions, we have statistics and data like never before. We can logically see and understand that modern day prohibition, keeping drugs illegal, does a disservice to society in a variety of ways in the big picture, and it violates human rights.

The very rich untouchable drug lords get drugs into every country and slip past punishment. Often they can buy themselves out of trouble anyway. And any drug lord who does get bagged gets replaced in the same hour. Your average citizen however, is not responsible for bringing drugs into society, but the average citizen is the one to be jailed for it. Attacking an international drug trafficking problem from the little guy out is beyond stupid. Law enforcement is just plucking weeds and there aren't solving anything. They're just blowing countless dollars on a war they'll never win, while filling jails with non violent people. The war on drugs is embarrassingly pointless. We even have at least 3 presidents who admitted using drugs in their youth. If the law following this idiotic crusade had found each of them and threw them in jail, boy would that help their lives en route to bright futures, and keep us safe....

Imagine if alcohol was still illegal. There'd be people making it in all sorts of unsanitary and unsafe ways. Criminals would control the market becoming richer and powerful, there'd be more crime and danger associated with it, and countless innocent, non violent people will dragged off to prison because of someone else's morality. Legalizing drugs is remembering it's someone bad personal decision, but it's still a person's prerogative. It's not a governments place to punish and condemn personal choices and it's currently causing chaos.

When it's legal, and I say when because common sense in a progressive, evolving society dictates it, ironically we'll be able to control it better and law enforcement will return its focus on actual crimes.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you for your kind appraisal and a thorough explanation of the issue:) All the best from Beata


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seicheprey 3 years ago

Thanks for this one.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

happy to share:) B


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LauraD093 3 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

I really enjoyed this. The accompanying photos are truly awesome-I felt I was taking a visual journey along with the written verse. Thanks voted up and beautiful.


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, Laura for your kind comment and all the best:) B


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wildove5 3 years ago from Cumberland, R.I.

"There is more to life than destroying yourself." That is probably one of the most profound quotes I have ever read! My daughter is an addict. I plan on sharing this quote with her in our next conversation! Whether or not it will strike a chord and drop her to her knee's, probably not, but it will make me feel better that I perhaps planted a seed beneath her drug corrupted mind! Thank you!


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you, my dear fellow hubber for sharing your personal story with me, I can only guess how big is your love and grief, having children myself I know we are ready to sacrifice our lives for them unfortunatelly it comes the time in our and their lives that their road however rocky and uncomfortable is just their own....all the best wildove5 my thoughts are with you:)


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Literature Fairy 3 years ago from England, UK.

Some interesting points, particularly about the history of narcotics. But it seems to me that your hub reads from the point of view of someone who has never struggled with addiction themselves, so therefore has only a limited view of the subject. A few of the comments too, read like politicians trying to come up with ideas to 'solve' drug and alcohol problems. Personally I think legalizing drugs and prostitution is a short sighted option, it may in the short term benefit those using recreationally, but to think the only reason addicts use drugs, and turn to things like prostitution is just because they are illegal is ridiculous! There are innumerable reasons why someone may turn to drugs and/or alcohol, and while it's true that addiction differs from most illnesses in that it is one a person initially chooses, that does not mean that it is any less serious, or less debilitating than any other disease. That is why when a person becomes sober, they are referred to as a recovering addict from that point on. No one can understand how difficult the journey from addiction to sobriety is unless they have been through it themselves. A person had to make a choice to get sober, they have to want it and be ready to receive help, because no one can do it on their own. That is why they need love, understanding, help and friendship. Not judgement and criticism. I hope my comment has not offended you, I think your hub is well written and well presented, I just don't think you quite grasp the issue fully, but you obviously care, or you wouldn't have written the hub at all.

Peace & Love, LF x


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Beata Stasak 3 years ago from Western Australia Author

Thank you Literature Fairy for your insightful comment, it is always useful to get a whole range of different opinions and views and I love to get feedback and don't mind criticism if it is useful and well minded and constructive of course:) No, you are right I haven't struggled with addiction myself and therefore I can not maybe fully grasp the whole suffering and pain and helplessness the way maybe I should and yet my close ones have been fighting with addiction and I have watched that process of slow but unavoidable road to selfdestruction whole my life.

I am also volunteering in drug and alcohol addiction clinic, it make me an expert on an issue? Of course not, do I care? Of course, I do, otherwise I would not do it, would I? Peace and love my fellow hubber and thank you again for your constructive feedback, always appreciated:)


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slcockerham 2 years ago from Tallahassee, Florida

Hey Beata Stasak,

Finally, I had some time to check out some of your hubs. Great insights into the issues of addictions and the failed war on drugs. It's time to stop this war that has caused so many casualties and enriched so many cartels.

Keep writing Beata, truly enjoy it.


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Beata Stasak 2 years ago from Western Australia Author

thank you so much my fellow hubber for your kind comment, when I find some more time I will come back and write away again...good luck on hubpages and looking forward to hear from you soon...

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