August 04, 2005
Miss Meth 2005
Methamphetamine use has been creeping its way across the country for more than a decade. It seems to me that no one really seemed to give a shit about it up until this past year or so....
This week's Newsweek cover story, featured here makes me wonder why it took white ladies from rural Iowa and tony Chicago suburbs getting all strung out on Miss Tina, for mainstream media to pay attention?
Party and Play with the devil, indeed.
Consider this part public service message, part bitch-slap and a good ole dose of vanity-protection.
Here's what three-and-a-half years of using meth will do to a person:
Posted August 4, 2005 04:06 PM
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-- posted by: Michael Cooper on September 7, 2005 01:12 PM
Eeek! Run for the hills (or from them, I suppose)! It's the evil scourge drug of the decade! One hit will turn you into a predatory raving zombie! There's no escaping it's clutches! It's the evil threat to civilized society we call...
Oh, wait, I was reading my collection of 1970's media clippings. I meant...
Whoops, got mixed up in my 1980's media clippings. I meant...
Dang it, how did the 1990's clippings get in there? I meant...
There we go.
Look folks, calm the flock down. Yes, meth is awful. But the media would have you believe that it's the dread arrival of Satan himself. Like any other hard drug, there are those like Miss Meth here who get seriously addicted and cause terrible societal harm. And for every one of her there are a majority of users who do not.
The biggest harms of meth come from its prohibition, which leads the drug underground, with no controls for safety or purity, with absurd profit motives for dealing and home labs, with violence to solve disputes, and with users stuck in the closet. Meth wasn't this much of a problem when it was legally dispensed as "uppers" back in the 50's and 60's. We give it to our military pilots for alertness on lengthy missions. I'd rather have the truck driver awake on speed than falling asleep at the wheel. I'd rather have doctors and pharmacies controlling the drug than biker gangs and home labs.
There always has to be some scourge drug epidemic to keep the ridiculous War On (Certain Amrican Citizens Using Non-Pharmaceutical, Non-Alcoholic, Tobacco-Free) Drugs afloat.
I know of which I speak. You can overcome a meth addiction and it doesn't always destroy your life.
Wanna seriously combat meth? Legalize marijuana. Milton Friedman and 500 economists have signed on to a study showing that pot decrim would reap $14 BILLION in savings and taxation revenue.
(Of course, that's another reason why there must be a scourge drug of the decade; so the drug warriors have something truly awful to conflate with the benign herb.)
-- posted by: "Radical" Russ on August 13, 2005 04:35 PM
It doesn't happen/exist unless it happens/exists in suburbia.
-- posted by: fahren on August 11, 2005 12:30 PM
This is an absolutely horrible drug and I wanted to shout it from the highest building for everyone to hear back in 94-98! This drug put my family thru HELL and back. Loved ones that get on this drug don't care about you, your children or your things. All they want is this drug. If they don't have it watch out! I could write a book about what I and some of my family went through with some of our loved ones with this drug. I'll tell ya, telling someone to stop smoking and them not doing it you don't worry. Telling them to never try or to get off crystal meth instead of blowing you off...they'd prefer to RIP your head off and yes its worth worrying about (watch your back!) Especially if you flush it! OMG GUARD YOURSELF OR RUN! It is ashame that anyone would want to do this to themselves! Its worse than heroine, acid, and I can only thank GOD everyday I just never had the desire to try them! With this drug you cannot get them treatment, you cannot force them to get clean, they just won't. They do not care what you say, to them its the next best thing to icecream. The only way I got my own mother off of it after my brother had been killed in a car wreck in 1994 was to tell her I'd had enough! I told her...you have a choice, me and the kids or crystal meth? You can't have both and she knew I always knew when she was using...always! Luckily since Jan. 1999 she has been clean has a new truck, a rental house and is a supervisor in a company and has stayed clean. I Thank God everyday that I have my mother back.
-- posted by: MrsSuzy on August 9, 2005 05:59 AM
See what happens when the politicians take away the people's cocaine? The people turn to something even worse.
-- posted by: Bower on August 7, 2005 06:00 PM
um... that's what ANYONE could look like after 3 Newsweek Fakeup Artists use you!
-- posted by: MissPinck on August 7, 2005 09:31 AM
Looks like sombody needs a makeover!
-- posted by: Celene on August 5, 2005 11:50 AM
-- posted by: Alex on August 4, 2005 04:49 PM