Now, with the introduction of fentanyl and carfentanil, the decision to inject heroin or cocaine can easily result in a fatality.
We will have to deal with electronic smoking, which has exploded among young people even as cigarette use has declined.
We should remember that Ohio’s Republican governor had to go against the wishes of many in his own party in order to achieve this.
Still, if the epidemic is already 28 years old, then how much more effective would these steps have been if they had been initiated way back when?
Traditional middle class jobs with career prospects replaced by a lower-paid, less stable workforce– perhaps more vulnerable to outside influence?
…tolerable when we’re talking about window fasteners or computer mice but surely not when the product in question directly affects our health or even our survival.
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.
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.