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I remember dancesafe from the late 90s/early 00s! That was an amazing idea and definitely prevented some major illnesses if not deaths. They had booths at music venues and would test ecstasy for other drugs... I'm a fan of harm reduction, people will always want to do drugs so programs like dancesafe and needle sharing orgs are a great way to cut the risks down.
Too bad our puritan society thinks that is endorsing bad behavior vs saving lives.
That’ll be $2500, also there is some small print that absolves your insurance company from covering that. OR apparently you can go out and buy some meth (maybe $10 I don’t know) and dribble some of your blood on it and have this police department test if for you. Boom just saved you $2490.
Which is why we should arrest and incarcerate people who are already addicted and have messed up their lives instead of treating it as a public health issue and helping them.
/s for if you fucks managed to lack a single shred of empathy
it actually would. There are quite a few countrys who have proven that. When people arent treated like criminals, they are alot more likely to get help. Portugal legalized drug use recently, and the results are that drug use and drug deaths have gone back drastically. scandinavia did the same during the 80s heroin crisis, the results are 80% less deaths, addicts and hiv infections. Drugs wherent the end of mankind before the 60s, and they arent just because some racist asshole tells you so. Its been known for quite a while that the only reason behind the war on drugs was to be able to crack down on people who protested the vietnam war, the hippie movement, black neighborhoods and in generall anyone who could be a political threat.
Exactly what's needed. The money from the lawsuits brought against Purdue/ Steckler Family, for the OxyContin connection to the opioid addiction outbreak, should be used to help treat working-class addicts. The poor have medical assistance which covers methadone or suboxone treatment. The rich can go to resort-type rehab, but the middle class or working class, as usual, is screwed. Treatment is desperately needed for them.
A lot of insurance won't even cover that, plus there's still the hundreds of dollars you have to pay to see the doctor at the clinic to even get the script. My boyfriend and I are basically homeless (live in a cheap hotel) and he has Medicaid. But the only clinic around is still an hour drive away, won't take any insurance and costs about 250 a month, and the actual Suboxone pills cost another 300.
It's the same way here in SC. Its $225 a month just to get your Subutex/Suboxone script from the clinic (it also doesn't take any type of insurance.) And another $300 at the pharmacy for the medication.
Most months you won't even get to see a doctor.
Yeah, Arkansas. I've spoken with the clinic on my behalf as well since I have Medicare. The clinic won't accept any insurance at all but said I'd at least get a discount on the pills with my insurance. But that's still a ton of money for two people to throw into treatment, so we just split the doses he already pays for.
That's really a shame, I'm in Maryland, people with private insurance often need to pay cash at treatment clinics, they'll accept Medical Assistance and your maintenance drug of suboxone or methadone is covered. This prevents working people from getting treatment, as it's too expensive.
Maintenance therapy is great for a lot of people. But, there is enough money pouring in from those law suits to fund public treatment facilities for whoever wants help. Inpatient, out patient, subs/methadone, life improvement programs, therapy, everything! Treatment isn't a one size fits all outfit. Everyone's needs are gonna be a little different.
Buprenorphine should be available otc to any addict who needs it. Just like narcan.
I would love to be able to run a nonprofit, financed by the pharmaceutical companies and the settlements, with the goal being to make treatment available to everyone who wants it. Secular treatment that focuses on the biological and phycological aspects of addiction. Start with a dozen or 2 full service facilities in my state and create a template that can be copied in other states and countries.
Private prisons aren't making the laws in the legislature. Private prisons don't sentence non violent addicts to mandatory minimum sentences.
This opioid epidemic hurts real people. Our parents, siblings, children, friends. No one is immune to it. It's not limited to the junkies we step over in the streets. It needs to be addressed the same way we would approach a problem in our own family. Attention, love and understanding. . . A serious medical approach to treatment with deadly consequences.
I read about the pharmaceutical companies settling huge cases brought on by states, Oklahoma for one. $570 million, but yet treatment here is still practically non existent. Judges are still forcing addicts to chose between prison or indentured servitude on a chicken farm. It's actually manual labor on a chicken processing farm for 40+ hours a week with a daily NA meeting and manditory church services on sunday. At the end of 6 months they give you 500 bucks and bring in the next addict. This is the closest thing to a state run rehab. Judges give some addicts this option instead of prison time. Literally indentured servitude.
Here's a wild idea. . . How about using some of that settlement cash to help the people who are suffering? Real treatment. Not religion disguised as treatment. Not slave labor instead of prison time.
Fuck... Rant over
Yeah no I know. It's the entire legal system that's being run like a racket to keep the most vulnerable people in society the most exploited. I was using private prisons as a reference point. I shoulda said, "That would mean money goes to elevating someone at risk rather than keeping them in bondage." Have a cuckload of stories about the legal system you aren't gonna hear. If you follow the trail of problems from cops to judges to government to rich people you'll find differing types of people going into a sort of psychosis about humanity. People who are given unfair advantages make blatantly evil decisions based on asinine childish judgments. Like how it's easier to drop bombs on tons of people you can't really see than make entire armies of infantrymen annihilate eachother. But hey, Stalin said it better than me, "One death is a tragedy, one million is a statistic." Yes what you're saying is obviously the cure. But seeing as it's completely against the sociopath culture, we'll have better luck letting the rich eat eachother while we reach out to and try to help other poor people. I mean look at Joe Biden. That guy's basically become the father from Ran (1985).
Yeah, Kurosawa's last epic. Didn't realize how messed up in the head Biden's gotten until I saw a compilation of all the senile stuff he's been doin. Everyone was like "this guy's definitely being used as a figurehead by his campaign committee. If he weren't a staple politician he'd be at home with a nurse watching movies"
So was Hereditary but it led me to mapping out the causes behind my major issues. Doing the same thing for other people is a whole other thing tho. [This might help with that.](https://www.google.com/amp/s/connerhabib.com/2019/12/10/why-we-need-the-dark-imagination-me-sarah-maria-griffin-on-aewch-93/amp/)
In Canada, like 20 years ago, a woman went to the RCMP to complain about being ripped off by her dealer and threw down a plastic bag full of what he gave her claiming it wasn't crack like he said.
It was cocaine.
There was an episode of cops many years ago where this old woman was tired of the crackhouse in her neighborhood so she called the cops and handed them some crack she purchased from them as "proof" and the cops just laughed at her and told her she was under arrest. Yeah, it was a foolish thing to do, but jeeze.... the cops just didnt give a shit. You have to be a "special" person to be a cop.
Also kinda fucked, because there are some police stations (not really in the US) that will actually test your drugs for fentanyl contamination, etc., because they actually do care more about public safety than upping the amount of busts for their precinct.
I think old meth head Mike that lives in a van down by the river can run that test for you too. And he probably won't arrest you for possession,But you might not want to hold your breath waiting for him to bring you your stuff back!
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