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America's War on Drugs
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First let me share with you how I acquired most of what I know about the world of Drugs, and as I see it today I barely escaped with my life and mental sanity. I guess I first experimented with drugs as they were brought to my attention during my early teens by my brothers and a few teens I befriended along my journey throughout life’s magical mystery tour, which some might call our experimental phase of life. It wasn't till I was in my sixties that I took notice to what the drugs of the 80's and 90's had done to our country's communities and allot of members of my immediate family. at first we were told it was out of control in the cities, but as the years past, its seemed it was just as bad in small rural area's and it's stories were found in most magazines, local newspaper, specials on Television. In 25 short years it has nearly brought the world to its Knee's and has destroyed so many families around the world in one way or another.
It seemed as if all my children, nieces and nephews were involved with one addictions or another, with crack cocaine being the worst of all their choices that drug market has to offer, trust me when I say they have so many to choose from. What made crack so dangerous is once someone became addicted to its affects, there was little history that anyone was able to quite and walk way, It slowly dissolve their brain and destroyed their health. Of course at first it was all just conjecture, because I had never done any of these drugs, and believes me I had to learn the through experience, just what they were all dealing with because these were members of my family and we had already lost several members to this drug called crack. So this is how I choose to go, maybe it wasn't so smart, but now I can share my reality and the matter of fact to what crack is all about on the streets.
Well it started with one of my oldest boy's who was in his mid 20's at the time, he had nearly lost everything he had in life from abusing Beer and Cocaine in the form of Crack, which is a small home cooked substance called a rocks or more commonly referred to as work when asking if they have any. I use term they, because usually there are always a group men gathered together to sell their goods, so to better cover their back in case the law or trouble comes. It usually sell most commonly at 20.00 per purchase on the street like buying two mm's size Rocks, and they get 4 to 6 hits to each purchase, with maybe two additional hits off the residue. Why do they do it, well when they take that first hit it puts them in a sort of euphoria where they get this sudden mental bang, and all thought temporary goes blank, and then for a proximally 4 minutes as everything slowly returns, some seemly unto them self’s have this overwhelming urge to have sex or the need to satisfy them selves which doesn't last long. Then your just feeling very energetic, but as the addition increases this changes to Nervousness, and then to paranoia, but in the early stages as time is moving rapidly forward and your wallet still holds cash, you seemly have this drive to go obtain more every few Hour as long as one has plenty of the time on there hands and available funds, an eventually, when the funds run out they start selling everything or taking them to the pawn shop.
Once the addiction get the best of them they start hocking things they feel they really don't need any longer till they just hock what ever they or a family member owns. And when they realize there's really nothing left to hock, they start borrowing and some go to stealing, and prostitution to support their addiction. It doesn't take long when smoking Crack, that one start missing classes and work, till the desire to go to any social gathering, because the paranoia . that is experienced while after they smoke, surprisingly some can go for years till their health begins to take them down, especially when their paranoia gets worse, they begin to panic and almost smoke frantically, sometimes burning their lips when their pipe keeps breaking and it becomes a very short, eventually this heavy smoking cause's their gums to decline and lose their front lower teeth. The worse cases come from those that seemly have a few things in their liver’s that they wish not to address psychologically, this drug can take a serious hold of their everyday life cycle, and it's one that doesn't have allot of obvious signs at first and their health doesn't reflect any unusual health issues and appearance for the most part is status quoi , so that’s very few friends our love ones realize what’s taking place, actually 20 minutes after smoking its nearly impossible to tell they just smoked. But give them a year and allot of expense they begin to exhibit allot of visible signs.
First you will notice their always broke and have little to show for it, then they seemly have lost weight in their face, to where their upper cheek bone begin to show. They begin to pull away from those they love and that know them well enough to acknowledge their behavioral changes and appearances, they also slowly pull away from all other activities and begin to have allot of mood swings as the case in most mind altering drugs. They seemly have a new set of friends usually who look a bit more weathered than they are. In the long haul of the addiction only those who have been isolated from the community remain, Lost Soles best describes them even though most really don't mean the others harm just some one to help them cover the cost to survive the days demands to feed their addictions. They usually narrow their chosen Smoking crowd, to just a running buddy or mate, because of the paranoia that slowly surfaces with most who become devout users, because they start thinking others are searching for their stash location, or picking up what they drop or leave laying nearby, and rejoining with old smoking buddies actually become there most difficult part of over coming the recovery period, There the ones that resurface when the other is released from jail, or a Drug rehabilitation Center, So to get the fired back up, then everyday they show up with just enough to get the other started for the day, hoping to create a new cash flow buddy again for the addiction which allot of time leads to a possible series of binges, which means everyone smoke two or three day non stop, they can smoke away allot of money in that time depending how many get on the train with them. After all the money is gone they start searching for ways to get more, again taking things to the pawn, ponder on ways to acquire larger Purchases, and to their way of understanding the more you spend the better the quality and weight they will receive.
They can even go into dept with the supplier, by selling for him at first, then because he's smoking, it doesn't take long, especially when he has those around that will set him up to be robbed of his stash while he sleeps, so to put him in dept with his supplier, now he working for free, as the pressure mounts he's subject to smoking or being hurt or worse. There are other noticeable action if your around they scan allot the floor or table tops and shelves as they talk as if looking for something important, Its called geeking where they are looking to the possibility that they dropped or left a small piece laying around or left something laying out to expose their activities and as the addiction increase so does this behavior, it’s almost humorous to watch, but actually very Sad
How do they actually do it well really it is simple , if their funds are low, they can use a soda can push in at the bottom a bit then put a few small holds with a pocket knife, then add a few ashes, so the small rock piece don’t fall in, then add a small air hole on the side, bingo they have a pipe, they but a small piece on the ashes, mouth over the drinking spout and light, pulling slowly and moving the flame close then quickly away, so not to burn the hit or over heat the burning area. Now for those who can afford the glass pipes, called Pens in stores and some copper scrub like brillo they then use the phone Ink pen part to push the copper tight and then push it to one end leaving enough area for a Small piece and then they light up basically same as on the can. But some go even deeper start shooting it up by breaking it down with a few drops of water, into a spoon and then through a piece of cotton draw it in to a syringe and then injecting it as one would do Heroin.
Well this addiction starts off simple enough but the results in 3 years can become most devastating, which again is based allot on time available and Money on hand. Now I can tell you their are those out there that have done this for allot longer periods and seemly have mastered the ability to control their smoking, they have a serious discipline and selected location to where they can blow the smoke out a window or opening, to fabricating a collector system, like large socks and bottles or boxes they can blow into, with attached hoses or tubes that are attached. so to cover up the sweet or burnt smell as they become to high to reason things out as well thus they burn and destroy the desired results, so those with allot of experience have learned the does and don't in this expensive habit, because it can be far more costly if the get careless or caustic, which means have done it to the point they have saturated the blood system and Organs with Cocaine, when it come to the point that all that matters is that they must have that hit regardless the cost or risk and they have become void of normal reasoning which considers what other see and think, they just want a hit. Now comes the real mess, they have to go get it and risk be caught buying it. Or have it delivered, so once they have been on the drug a few years they have along list of wholesalers or by direct if they have that kind of cash flow. For those who have the cash they buy 1/8 of a cookie and that’s 15 small pieces or 30 hits at 65.00 to 100.00 depends on their relationship with who ever is supplying. Have they become addicted at this point well to be honest all depends on the user, some have smoked it like some pot smokers for years disciplined in their way of doing it only on weekends and stop by eating something or drinking beer, after use, brings them down. Now they go through a sleepy period which is governed by amount and length of the smoking period. Three days straight of smoking about 100 dollars a day, will usually bring about crashing for 24hrs especially if they luck out and have food around, Food brings about a faster sobering or crash , of course once they awake priority is place on scoring the days first hit.
Its time to fight back by getting back on your streets in your own neighborhood, notice what taking place, and walk in numbers, work with your local Police Substation they all have Neighborhood Watch program, so you don't get yourselves into any trouble or hurt. This is not a game to those out their selling its a sense of survival, they can't find jobs or live in low income housing at know fault of their own, there education exposure is at best 9 grade level to high school at best, of course in resent months a great moment is make great strides in that area of concern, because we haven’t gotten control of all those capitalizing of this Drug War and all those trying to escape whets happening in their part of the world, there are so many wanting to come here and start over and 1million people a year influx is destroying our country infrastructure and designed social system to where they are falling apart at the seems due to the lack of funds and trained staff, which takes years of education and experience and we just can't throw untrained people into these slot and not expect allot of extra costs due to mistakes and errors, yes allot get hurt, by being denied services when in fact they deserve them, and theirs are being constantly punished for mistakes they made years ago, have they lost our original bill of rights basic primes, because things have become so distorted and over whelming we wonder what happened to that original concept We the people, for the people, by the people …ect. but We still live in an era where we hear and think " Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country, well that a great thought, but what we need to say now" Is we all need to Love those that make up this great Nation and do all we can Preserve its Greatness for the security for those who are beholding unto its flag and Declaration of Independence never forgetting the price all have paid so that we the people of today might live the dreams that they had so desired themselves , Including Our Lord who had brought forth his love through his only Earthly Begotten Son so that we could through his blood live free of Sin and evolve to where one day we would walk among us in everlasting Fellowship " Wow what else could we ever place before that and what possible could ever offer more. Than what lays before us the GreatCity that is being built this very moment, So that we live with our Lord. It has to be his greatest passion to bring this great works before us so he can bring forth the divine presence of all that presently resides through out the heavens. All! Our love one, and of course the beloved angels, Oh he has so much he wish to share. This was so well thought out, why not just go with the flow, let’s just love one another and await our Lords arrival. Hey the Worst was over when he was on the cross, Hey!! He's off now and Building a City like no other ever built before, don't you want to be there when that most magnificent moment that Man Kind will ever experience comes. And if you just can't see it yet and find it difficult to believe, why not just go with the flow and keep all possibilities and choices open, our Lord is a merciful and gracious Master, who has taken great pride it all that he has brought forth unto us so that this moment in time will be his greatest of all creation, 1 trillion Life Forms living in peace and harmony all together at one moment in time. Sure who are we to stand between the purest form of love and devotion that he has spent an eternity to designing and nurturing? Remember the Movie Cleopatra when she arrived in Rome, this event will make that seem as if just a carnival was arriving.
Well in closing I assure you my path in life wasn't one I'd proudly lay before the lords Gates, but what I just learned during 6 months in a Great Program called New Choice Chaired my a most dedicated man who actually cried, before us due to the refusal in action of an inmate to commit completely to the Program that was placed before him, Mr. Jones as we called him had worked so hard to guide him trough, He seemly saw us all as is we were his Children in some way, it was easy to see his pure desire to lead us to see are personal foolishness which cheated us from enjoying the life we were meant to live. As he so wisely put it he wasn't going to let anything or anyone steal his Joy. He was Danny Jones, who earned a masters Degree, just so he could understand and have the skills to help those of us who had lost the ability to or wouldn't even help themselves. Being that this era has brought so much for society to bare that many having their plates full and see know reason to even be seated at the same table with us, but because as he saw in all of us that we were someone’s child, regardless what their age and he reminded us daily we had family out there suffering because we hadn't excepted our responsibility of being apart of their lives and excepting the laws of the society that we either join are be forgotten by. The one I like is how he said when we get out we best send our Moms some flowers. Men like him should get more recognition and also men like the Houston Mayor, who helped bring forth this Program through the Harris County Sheriff Department who really played an important part in its success, because they wouldn't let us forget what price we would pay if we forget what we were taught and come back. This Program called New Choices covered not only Rehabilitation by Education of Using Drugs, but also what lies ahead in Incarceration, which changed my life, I also have to give all those who created the AAA 12 Steps and their magic book which in they shared all their stories over the past 50 years. I pray this has been a help for those like myself in search for an answer to what is happening and how and what we all must then do to help, hey don't choose the path I took.
Oh just so you might research what the new Drug of choice that moving through our country and soon to replace crack is Crystal Math, which is twice as destructive.
The Horror of it All
The Choices we make.
So in summary as the calendar pages fall their health begins to take the toll. Why because the Cocaine eats away on Fat and when that’s gone Muscle will do just fine, also their gums get eaten away in the lower front teeth, then the teeth loosen, till they just fall out, then we have the extreme weight loss and not from an eating disorder either, many hide behind that. When the real problem is the body metabolism is running high like on speed so that brings about the burning of energy and body mass, which also shows the intensity of how heavy individual is smoking and their addiction level has become, you can also tell by their hygiene that there addition is getting out of control.
Ah this part demonstrates the areas of purchase, but before I explain this, please note that most police are serious about the law and are doing their best to clean up this mess, one that has done so much destruction to the social fabric of this great nation, many of our children have been destroyed either by death, addiction or by ruining their name and social image. They are known longer trusted or seen the same way again, unless they are lucky and have a very strong family and community with allot of Passion, Patience and Love. Believe me it’s a real trip, my son exact words were Dad" you have know Idea what I’m going threw so how can you understand or really help me" You've never done it or understand what I've been through over the past 5 years. So I decided to see what it was about this stuff that cause him to get to lose his family a wife and child a nice home and 2 cars and a truck a 27.00 an hour job more than once, go to 2 Drug rehabs only to come out get a job start over and then go right back to the addiction. He lost 250,000 dollars easy.
My thought then was what the Police department role in all this is. Didn't make sense they had him in and out of the system allot and why was he just released to resume his crazy thinking, what were they doing with him for 3 to 6months at a time. Trust me once you been there you'll have all the answers your heart can conjure up, First their overwhelmed with numbers every age and creed, from all walks of life, have you ever been to a party where everyone’s there. Well I have, and its no picnic, you have those angry , wanting to blame everyone else to what their going through except themselves and know one wants to except that they will change unless they except a higher power over their lives since it obvious they aren’t in control up to now. Then theirs a division in how this deterrent should be applied, The sheriff department is held to the safety of all these lives and The courts has the responsibility to not only assess the validity of the charges and to what the risk factor in deciding how they are managed while they sort out all the facts, as is there responsibility to those that entrusted upon them this responsibility by the citizens and how Empress upon these who have possible broke the law, and as they sort out the facts to come up to what the real severity is, and if found guilty they are also responsible to sort out their history to come up with a fair Sentencing, now try and imagine 2 to 3 hundred case coming before the bench every Monday with half delayed until another day, week or even months, do to the lack of information or evidence. So when you consider that just Harris county Sheriff's department has right now over 13,000 inmates from 17 to 80 and they all have medical issues, Housing problems, and demand Food.
Our present system is designed to house and control 9,500 inmates give or take a dozen. So we have right now 1600 in Louisiana in temp facilities, which is costing the tax payers a few dollars that could be used else where. So everyone is in this Drug war, not just the Law. We must step back into our Children World regardless what their age and feeling are to the matter. Lose them, and we all lose our country future and our own personal happiness, and surely you didn't get where you are to just to walk away from it all. Sure theirs all these Individuals who are playing an important role in bringing about the sales and distribution of this night mare, but honestly being there 24/7 I've seen first hand the work being done my Police and the Sheriff's Depart and Neighborhood watch groups, and so much has been done to bring this nightmare under control, the rest depends on us the parents to take or roles as parents to seriously become active in our children’s lives. Now! Not tomorrow, because that might just be to late.