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a collection of data counter to the war on drugs narrative

The Blue Balloon Campaign

For decades, federal policies grounded in a long, expensive and failing policy of drug prohibition have created great difficulties for law-abiding Americans who have chronic and severe pain from medical conditions, diseases or permanent damage from traumatic injuries. Misinformation, distortions and political optics, have led government officials, most of whom have no medical training, to…
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Epidemic Opiate Fabrications

Anyone who has been on Planet Earth for the past few years has been witness to the nonstop antagonism, belligerence and conflict between the media and the current administration. On any subject, any day, any time, the chasm between the the press and the president has been continuous, complete and beyond compromise. Foreign, domestic, economic,…
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Comment Posted in Response to Federal Draft Report on Pain Management Best Practices

The federal government’s Pain Management Best Practices Interagency Task Force has a draft report posted on the internet right now. Here’s the link to that report: https://www.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/final-pmtf-draft-report-on-pain-management%20-best-practices-2018-12-12-html-ready-clean.pdf This report is open to comments from the public until April 1, 2019. Here’s a link to where comments can be uploaded: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=HHS-OS-2018-0027-0001 The following is my comment:…
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Just want to point out One Thing…

Law-abiding Americans who suffer chronic severe pain treated with prescription opiates have been faced with ever more onerous restrictions, and even people whose emergency room visits would in previous years included a prescription for safe and reliable opiate medications are being sent home with over-the-counter pills. Meanwhile, there are numerous locations in our country where…
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Criminals Incorporated?

To anyone who takes a deep look at the claims that the U.S. government makes about drugs it’s obvious that they contain an awful lot of inconsistencies, if not downright misinformation. In the 1930s, marijuana supposedly turned people into hyperactive ax murderers. In the early 1970s, the same drug turned people into ambition-lacking airheads; and…
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Drug War Obscures Decades of Police Success

If I were a cop, I would not be happy about this In the US these days, discussions about crime are almost never just about crime, it’s always drugs-and-crime, as if referring to a single unified phenomenon, like a dog-and-pony show. But it was not always this way. In fact, for most of America’s 243…
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Suggested New Year’s Resolution for the USA 2019

Today, New Year’s Day, is a day for resolutions. Whether big or small, we make promises to ourselves that we will try to do concrete things to make ourselves, our lives or our community better. So I would like to propose a New Year’s Resolution for the USA: End the 105 year-long experiment of Drug…
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One of the Lucky Ones

I was diagnosed with pancreas divisum, a condition that is not deadly but causes chronic, severe, unrelenting pain and some on-and-off nausea. In some ways, I am a lucky sufferer of chronic severe pain. My pain is controllable with 2 extended-release opiate pills, and 0-3 immediate release opiate pills for breakthrough pain. If medicated, I…
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Date Rape Drugs: The Zombie Sex Toy Narrative

Ok, so the first thing I need to say is that two weeks ago, I started writing the draft of an article about date rape drugs. I was thinking the topic was narrow enough that I could cover in a brief essay that would not take too much time to write. I had recently done…
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How is that supposed to work?

Suppose you have a family member, let’s call her Auntie Ellie, who is a law-abiding citizen who has a medical condition that is not deadly, but does cause severe pain. Suppose another family member, Cousin Rob is in prison for a crime, let’s say he robbed a bank. He was not high at the time…
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