Thinking About Addiction
A blog about anything related to addiction, treatment, or recovery, all the way from prevention to building recovery-friendly communities. We also welcome guest bloggers here!
If someone is experiencing problems with pot, fine, get them help. But locking them up? Feels like smashing a bedbug with a sledgehammer.
That’s not a large percent of the user population, but it’s among the sickest. That along might be enough to justify the investment; I’m sure a number of lives have been saved along the way.
Not everybody wants to remain dependent on pain medication. But at present, we offer few if any alternatives to doing it on your own.
Naturally, high-energy entrepreneurs are attracted to stimulants. At least until they begin to experience the toxicity associated with too much of a good thing.
More likely the hope is to increase awareness of the risks, and encourage drinkers to limit consumption.
That’s not to say the perceptions of cannabis as health-improving aren’t important, but post-legalization, it’s mostly a marketing tool.
The real issue is that Kratom use is already so widespread that attempts at a total ban would inevitably create hardship for those who are already dependent on the drug, as well as fuel the appearance of a thriving black market.