eBay for Drugs is the Future

The drug war is a bust. It has resulted in defeat for every segment of the country except three: the DEA and its contractors and law enforcement organizations which partner with the DEA, the manufacturers of hardware, software and psychological warfare products, who make billions, AND THE DRUG SUPPLIERS who seem to be flourishing despite all the money we citizens are supplying.

I was fascinated by this latest article by Stanton Peele who has been a leading expert in addiction treatment and research. His successful treatment programs go far beyond the 5% success of AA. (That is the number that AA itself says for those who have remained alcohol free for one year.)

The original article on Psychology Today.

Addiction in Society

Addiction—the thematic malady for our society—entails every type of psychological and societal problem
by Stanton Peele, Ph.D., J.D.
Shutting down Silk Road simply forestalls the inevitable.
Published on October 4, 2013 by Stanton Peele in Addiction in Society
 News outlets around the dial greeted the existence, and seizure by the FBI, of Silk Road with amazement. Silk Road is an online site where people could order every type of drug for personal consumption, a drug free market (not a drug-free market).  How could such a thing exist? 

I watched the reactions on “Morning Joe.”  Joe Scarborough is a vaguely libertarian (you know, let people do what they want if they don’t hurt others) Republican; his co-host, Mika Brzezinski, is a vaguely liberal Democrat. Both, of course, indicated that such a thing as Silk Road should not exist.

But a free Internet zone for purchasing drugs exists, similar Internet sites to Silk Road continue to function (news item: “Online drug markets are alive and thriving”), and—most importantly—this market and such sites will always exist. The world is trending towards free consumption of drugs; nothing can reverse it. I know; that’s a horrible reality, especially when you consider your children. But it’s happening.

Here’s the perspective of Meghan Ralston, harm reduction manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, a drug policy reform group that recently cosponsored a workshop I presented at the New School:

Silk Road created a safe environment, free of weapons and violence during the transaction, where people could acquire drugs . . .ranging from marijuana to heroin and virtually everything in between.

What, then, will protect us and our loved ones from taking drugs?!  We (and you, as an individual and as a parent) better have an answer to that besides “I/they can’t get them.”  You and your children better have reasons, not for avoiding drugs, but for avoiding devoting your lives to drug use.

And, while you’re at it, you and your children better have reasons, not for avoiding using or doing, but for avoiding addiction to, video games, social media, eating, drinking, food, sex, gambling—all of which may be addictive. For that, you and your children need alternative goals, purposes, values.

There needs to be an organization to replace those with “drugfree” in their name—say Partnership for an Addiction-Free America.  Which is why I wrote “Addiction-Proof Your Child.”  We’re not yet at that place—but we are fast reaching a point when that view will be as natural as getting out of bed.

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