Demonisation of illegal drug users in 2021 - a review of stigma against the use of psychoactive drugs

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Edit: why is this not showing up in my portfolio? First time this has happened.

I wrote this in response to an essay regarding “tweekers”, “particularly, well-off privileged ones who have a problematic view of body image”.

I diverted from the premise and made a general response to modern stigmatisation and demonisation of illegal drug users.

Cover art: crayon on paper, me.

“Provocative. I took great offence to the phrasing in this piece. But so what if I took offence? I’ll outline some of the qualms I had, hopefully in the way of constructive criticism, but certainly affected by a nerve touched, to be transparent.

I gather your points regarding intellectual dishonesty and hypocrisy.


However, it’s easy to observe from the outside, and speculate, no matter how close you thought you were. It’s different to actually be in their shoes - you separate yourself from the matter, despite being a “recovering substance abuser” (nice stigmatic terms - seems a tad spiteful). When you assert, “they don’t see what it does to them,” how would you know? Did you even ask? They probably sensed your lame righteousness and zoned out immediately. Were you ever honest with yourself, an ex-user?


I DO think I can “do” any “hard” drug I choose. Because I have personal autonomy, despite the laws, made by the governors, for the governors. Also, it is deceptive to differentiate between “hard” and “soft” drugs - from reasoning, quickly this logic breaks down.


Any academic in the field of pharmacology would class alcohol as a “hard” drug, and rightly so, and in fact if you really learn about it, it’s much more complicated than two labels, but this disingenuity is ignored, because we are so indoctrinated, and our cognitive biases always guide our thoughts.


I genuinely see no difference between one who is addicted to saturated fats and sugars, and drugs, whether it be cannabis or methamphetamine, despite the fact the latter is neurotoxic. I think we agree on that much. Furthermore, meth is called a “hard” drug but is simultaneously prescribed legally for weight loss and ADHD in the US. This, too, is overlooked or brushed over lightly.


In that sense - are you shaming people prescribed the drug for weight loss, or just those whom subvert the laws? Seems inconsistent to me.


Overlooked and brushed over lightly - so are the origins of the dangers of psychoactive drugs.


Fentanyl is multitudes more potent than HEROIN, and yet the latter continues to experience demonisation and stigma, such as you have demonstrated, and the former simultaneously used routinely in hospitals due to its low incidence of side effects (greater potency on target receptors), and the cause of death of many people, as an adulterant of street-grade drugs.


Let’s explore the latter briefly - why are street drugs dangerous? Unpredictable purity, identity and amount of adulterants, which may easily cause overdose (especially in the case of fentanyl, which is used because it’s so cheap and effective, but in clandestine practice, unregulated, is not necessarily compounded properly, and the mixture might become unhomogenous - this is precisely the danger).


Why are these issues? The drugs themselves? No. They’re just little molecules, indifferent to our plight, like sucrose, or ethanol.


These are issues precisely because of drug prohibition. Because if these drugs were legal, not only would less people be needlessly institutionalised on drug charges, but drugs would be regulated in their manufacture, and ideally the prices would be much lower (I hestitate because despite the tiny cost of manufacture, emerging LEGAL therapies such as ketamine and cannabis are unreasonably priced, to the point you literally have to be upper-class or dependent to afford it, for no ordinary full-time job will cover the costs as you struggle to pay rent and buy food).


There’s also the underlying supposition that childishness is a bad thing? What, did your parents and teachers tell you that, and you internalised it? Seems petty. I suppose working a 9-5 as a miserable sycophant is more important than practising one’s ‘childish’ traits, like wonder and curiosity, and sincerity. I suppose it’s more important to be ‘professional’ than to live life as you please. That’s what makes corporations money, no? How dare someone be themselves…


From one “blunt, vulgar guy” to the next: you have no idea what you’re talking about, and you’re parroting sinister and entrenched ideas which are detrimental to our culture’s way of life. You say shame on drug addicts, indirectly. I say shame on you.


At least you’re honest!


All the best.”


"You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something sometime in your life."

Winston Churchill

"Don't criticize what you can't understand."

Bob Dylan

"Do what you feel in your heart to be right--for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't."

Eleanor Roosevelt

"One mustn't criticize other people on grounds where he can't stand perpendicular himself."

Mark Twain

"It's too easy to criticize a man when he's out of favor, and to make him shoulder the blame for everybody else's mistakes."

Leo Tolstoy

Submitted: November 13, 2021

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dewey green

Bravo mate! While two things known to kill us are Legal AF.
Alcohol (which is actually a poison) and Tobacco (A known Carcinogen) why? Strictly for profit. For decades there has been a senseless war on marijuana use, demonized until there was a margin for profit. But oxymoronically, minorities are still being popped for it while elitist whiteys trade it on the stock market. Psychedelics are proven to reduce symptoms of folks with PTSD and nervous disorders, but it's use would intrude on the margins of big pharmas opioid push, another proven killer, like alcohol and tobacco.
This is basic proof that cures aren't wanted...they only want death, and profit.

Sat, November 13th, 2021 9:00am


I agree completely, as we have often discussed.

I think they're going more into the direction of "non-addictive" painkillers, anxiolytics, antiepileptics, and mood stabilisers. Former drugs replaced with "next-generation" drugs. Oxymoron? No, I think they are just morons (jokes, but they are).

Sat, November 13th, 2021 1:03am

dewey green

Ps. Ever painted with crayon? I got a hotplate and sat a muffin tin on it with diff crayon colours in each cup, then painted with them. Got some awesome paintings from it. Nice pikkie mate.

Sat, November 13th, 2021 9:04am


I've always wanted to! That sounds awesome...

Sat, November 13th, 2021 1:17am

dewey green

Can you imagine the class action lawsuits in twenty years from these "New" alternative drugs? I can, because they never test them enough before shuffling them out to the unsuspecting yet trusting moronic populace.

Sat, November 13th, 2021 9:08am


I mean, they did just mandate vaccines in certain parts of the world, stipulating they wanted access to research for posterity...

Considering what the Japanese did to the Chinese in WWII, I seriously wouldn't put anything past "them" (the establishment). One man said of that, "professional people, too, have curiosity." The research was published in world journals, "human" replaced with "monkey" (some kind of monkey, can't remember which). Fucking abhorrent.

I don't trust any of these cunts. They all know exactly what they're doing, as much as they need to know, despite how they make it seem. If you know too much, you're a liability, and expect to be pushed out of a helicopter (if you even deserve that extravagent a death in their eyes, perhaps a simple "heart attack" or "suicide" will do...)

Sat, November 13th, 2021 1:21am

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