The Truth Behind These Myths Might Surprise You…
If you have a family member, friend, or loved one who got “hooked on drugs”, you probably have strong opinions about how scary and bad drugs can be.
You might even dream of the day we can have a drug free world…
But when you really delve into it, a drug free world might not be such a good thing after all.
Think about this for a second.
The last time you had dental surgery or a serious back injury, did your doctor prescribe Vicodin or Percocet?
If it was any time in the last ten years or so, probably not.
Instead, you probably got a prescription for extra strength acetaminophen or ibuprofen and instructions that you should grin and bear the pain as best as possible.
Not exactly the kind of care you were hoping for, was it?
And the last time you had a serious cold or a bad sinus infection, if you went to your local drugstore in search of Sudafed (real pseudoephedrine, not the less effective phenylephrine they sell directly on store shelves), chances are good you had to give a ton of information just to buy a simple 24 pack – and you still felt like a common criminal when all was said and done.
These minor inconveniences will feel like mere blips on the radar if we were to really experience a drug free world.
If you were to get that wish granted and experience a truly drug free world, medicines like Percocet and Sudafed that help to bring comfort will be a thing of the past, and they’ll take other creature comforts like wine, beer, and coffee with them, too.
Now, you may be thinking, “Brian, that’s just ridiculous. I’m not talking about regular drugs like caffeine and cold medicine. I mean the really bad drugs like cocaine and heroin.”
The Line Between “OK Drugs” and “Illegal Drugs” is Impossibly Thin and Very Blurry
A while back, I hosted Dr. Carl Hart on my show. Dr. Hart is a fascinating guest, and he had many powerful insights on the topic of drugs – and more specifically, the myths surrounding them.
Dr. Hart grew up in Miami, FL, in an impoverished household. Following suit with many of his neighbors, he himself began abusing and selling drugs. It was so normal in that social circle that it was just a part of life.
Living in this environment, he became convinced that drugs and addiction were the source of all societal ills in his neighborhood. He joined the military to escape this seemingly inevitable downward spiral…
An Unexpected Turn
After his military experience, Dr. Hart decided to focus on neuroscience. In his studies on the topic, something drove him to question everything he’d learned before.
And when he applied real science to the studies of drugs and abuse, he learned that everything he’d previously heard and believed about drugs was wrong.
These days, Dr. Hart is an Ivy League professor, a celebrated author, a TED fellow, and the winner of many prizes in his field.
Instead of pushing the narrative that people have touted for so long, Dr. Hart educates his students, readers, and live audiences so they can rid themselves of the false information that has kept drugs as a boogeyman of sorts for so long.
As Dr. Hart explains it, there is no line between good drugs and bad drugs.
The Problem Isn’t Drugs At All
It’s how we handle drugs and the people who use them.
See, there’s big money to be made from the drug trade – and I’m not talking about the people on the street slinging baggies of dope.
I’m talking about the big money made by incarcerating people who are caught with drugs. Even though they are technically criminals, with laws and policies like mandatory minimum sentencing on the books, even the most casual, harmless user can wind up in prisons for years. People incensed by the rhetoric of the War on Drugs pushed for these laws to be created without thinking of the long term consequences, and now thousands of people are rotting in prison for years – some of whom only have small marijuana charges.
Does that punishment really fit the crime? Absolutely not, but it does fill the pockets of the companies who run privatized prisons.
I’m also talking about the big money made by rehab facilities, doctors, and Big Pharma. If someone’s addiction could be cured with one dose of ibogaine, why would we spend tens of thousands of dollars on outdated rehab practices that usually lead to recidivism?
Because those thousands of dollars go into deep pockets, that’s why. Make no mistake – there are good rehabs and facilities and programs and people with their heart in the right place out there, but there are many more who are there for the purpose of making a quick buck.
And that buck is made by “treating” of someone who it really doesn’t matter if they get better or not.
In fact, it’s better for the business if they do relapse. After all, another relapse equals another expensive stay in the facility, so what’s the incentive to help these people get better?
Drug companies make a whole lot of money by plying their wares “legally” when some of the products they make are just as deadly as street drugs – and sometimes even more.
These companies make big bucks and continue to operate no matter what happens because they’ve got all sorts of lobbyists paying politicians to watch out for their best interests (instead of the best interests of the citizenry – you know – the people they’re supposed to look out for).
The list goes on and on. It’s plain to see that there’s big money to be made in the industry of drugs, and the people paying the price are folks like you and I.
We pay with our tax dollars and we pay when we see the lives of our loved ones go down the drain.
This current system is broken. Period.
Isn’t it time we woke up and decided to do something different?
Editor, Brian Rose Uncensored