Will Weatherly is a contributor to RI Future and a senior editor at the College Hill Independent. He lives in Providence, RI. You can follow him on Twitter @willbweatherly.

5 responses to “Raimondo supports Kristen’s Law, a member of her drug task force doesn’t”

  1. cailin rua

    I firmly believe the state has an obligation to provide clean, safe opiates to the addicted while making effective consensual addiction treatment available with the emphasis on the word “consensual”.

    We do not deny alcoholics access to their drug of choice. Is alcoholism any less debilitating than opioid addiction? I’ve known many of both – alcohol addicts and opioid addicts. It seems to me alcoholism is far more debilitating. If alcoholism isn’t far more debilitating then I doubt it is any less debilitating. So, why are opioid addicts punished for their illness in ways that alcoholics are not?

    We live in the age of neoliberalism and neoconservatism. The governor’s stand on this issue is very neoliberal, a vestige of the Rockefeller approach to the same problem in the early Seventies. The Rockefeller Republicans have taken over the state Democratic Party here. The same influences that brought us the moral obligation bond are responsible for this draconian approach that has grown out of the victim rights movement, pretty much built on the heroin epidemic of the 1970s and really ramped up by other prominent “victims rights” groups who operate on an eye for an eye basis . The only thing such public has given us stricter and harsher public policy that overflows our prisons and bloats the “social service” sector.

    The victim impact statement which has introduced theater into the courtrooms, along with tv cameras that were never allowed before the War on Drugs commenced will further degrade our system of justice as it has since the 1970s. This problem is far worse than it looks.

    On the horizon – social impact investing. Without the social problems where will the profit lie for the social impact investor? The War on Drugs is nothing more than a vicious circle. Is there really a will to break the cycle? How many would find themselves out of a job if that cycle were broken – not only in law enforcement but a social service establishment that thrives on non consensual “treatment”? The current approach has severely corrupted our legal system and funded some of the most biased science by interests whose only concern is that their conclusions are confirmed through studies designed to validate those conclusions before any data has even been collected.

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  2. cailin rua

    “The scientists found alcohol was most harmful, with a score of 72, followed by heroin with 55 and crack with 54.”

    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-drugs-alcohol/drug-experts-say-alcohol-worse-than-crack-or-heroin-idUSTRE6A000O20101101

    Where is the leadership? All the most highly regarded education the world has to offer and still ignoring all the best evidence. What is that an indication of? It’s worse than sad that people won’t demand more.

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  3. cailin rua

    I’m not sure if I mean opiates or opioids. An opiate falls under the classification of opioids but not the opposite. I find the distinction interesting. I found this distinction:

    “Some examples of synthetic opioids include the prescription painkillers hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin), as well as fentanyl and methadone.”

    I think I might have meant opiates. My next question – does anyone own patents on the naturally derived opioids? I think it’s relevant.

    I have no medical or scientific background but I try to correct myself when I fail to make the correct distinction where classifications like these are involved. I find the medical community regularly disregards the logic involved in such classification.

    Some of the most highly trained physicians I have come across fail to make a distinction between progesterone, progestins, and progestogens.

    This has resulted in very bad science all around, specifically the Women’s Health Initiative study which was done w/out any controls as a result of pharmaceutical company pressure to promote, exclusively, patented pharmaceutical products. C’est la vie when market imperatives drive the so called science:

    “There appears to be a lot of confusion around the group name for progestational
    agents. In 1976 Dalton [3] argued that progesterone should not be confused
    with or considered the same as progestins (synthetic progestogens). Yet in
    2009 it appears they are still being confused.”

    https://www.bmj.com/rapid-response/2011/11/02/progesterone-or-progestogen-or-progestin-which-it

    So much “science” is really anti-science “science”.

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  4. leftyrite

    A Consciousness Revolution

    is taking place, just as it did in the late ’60’s.

    People earnestly want

    things to be different.

    Maybe you can’t change the World.

    Play some vinyl.

    Ride a bike with fat tires.

    Play Steppenwolf in your headphones.

    Graduate to Revolver,

    why don’tcha?

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  5. leftyrite

    An Ant:

    Yes, lefty,

    that’s exactly right.

    My whole colony lived for years in the Liberty Elm.

    Play Steppenwolf, why don’tcha?

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