Heroin, Kellyanne Conway and US discussed on Drugs and Stuff
Of different ways, and it is got the potency fifty times opponents of heroin, one hundred times opponents of morphine and what's happening on our college campuses and also where. But since we're talking to you today, I will say on our college campuses, your folks are reading the labels. They won't put any sugar in their body. They don't eat carbs. Anymore and they're very, very studious about what goes into their body. And then you buy a street drug for five or ten dollars lace with fennel, and that's it. So I guess my short of ICES as somebody double your age, eat the ice cream, have the French fry though by St. jog, believe they, it all works out. So you heard what Kellyanne said to me, you know, I work in drug policy for over seven years. I kind of my my ears perk up when I hear the word label in particular because it speaks to the values of regulation. It speaks to the problems of prohibition, and it really demonstrates to me, you know, Kellyanne Conway's real lacking an understanding of this issue because let's face it. She's a political consultant when no pack round in public health at all. She's completely the wrong person who should be leading our administration's response to the overdose crisis. But when you say things like eat the ice cream, have the. French fries, don't buy the. I mean, it just does not take into account reality. And the main thing I really wanted to point out, it's her talking about labels. I mean, it's the whole reason we have labels on foods and legal drugs is because over one hundred years ago, we realized, you know, there was no accountability to manufacturer selling things that were adulterated and in nineteen six, yeah, the pure food and drug act of nineteen. O six was passed just to deliberately prevent the manufacturing and sale of adulterated foods and drugs. It just is so obvious to me that the problems that people are seeing right now with fennel is strictly because of prohibition and not because of drugs themselves heroin, methamphetamine, Advil, in matter what the drug is, if you know the purity and the dose of drug, you know what to expect. If you're buying something in a supermarket that has a label on it, you know what's in it. And you know, you know, if you don't like sugar and it has a bunch of sugar in it. You can. I mean Kellyanne she made a point. I just don't understand how she can't really see that. Yeah. If you can have as much information as possible about what you're consuming, you can make smarter choices. So college students who don't want to eat carbs, they can avoid them. If they read the label and sees, there's a lot of carbohydrates in them, but there's tons and tons and tons of people who are using drugs on a regular basis, whether you like it or not. And when you behind things that are illegal, cocaine, MDM a heroin, whatever the case may be, you just don't know what you're getting ensure smarter consumers who know about drug checking services and could try to test their drugs, and you should always check your drugs to know if you're taking is what you think you're taking so you can stay safe, but it you're just playing catch up because you just don't know what you're using. When it comes to fend on heroin, almost none of the people who use heroin are seeking Fenton. Fennel. Let me make that clear and the problem. They're not prepared to protect themselves from the risks of vent because they're dead. It's not even what they're seeking out. And I just wanna make one thing clear. I'm not saying drugs like cocaine, heroin, meth, they should all be available to buy at the corner store at your local seven eleven or like that, you know. But for people who do struggle with long-term addiction, there are countries that have done things. You know, new innovative ways of addressing this from a public health perspective. And yeah, I mean, they're places in Germany and other countries where they have heroin assisted treatment clinics where legal pharmaceutical heroin is being used under the under medical supervision and folks are steered towards treatment, and it's used to wean people off of their addictions, and it's just, you know, harm reduction is the answer to our overdose Christ. It's not the death penalty for certain people. It's not harsher sentences. It's not, you know this, these scare tactics that Kellyanne Conway and the administration are using to try to scare people from using drugs. I mean, there's already millions of people who are suffering from addiction. So when you're saying, you know, just go by French fries. Instead, you're completely ignoring this vulnerable population that's already struggling and being criminalised stigmatized and it just it's not based on reality. I mean the the facts about Fenton. It's interesting when she said before there's information under load in this country. And then all she says is like a. Comes into the US a couple different ways. It's synthetically produced. It's fifty times more potent than heroin hundred times or potent than morphine. Oh my God. I mean. Jolt you can't just scare people by saying this kind of stuff. How about giving some reality, the fact that you know, most people who use heroin aren't looking for Fenton. All I could go on, but I'll probably just throw some things up on Twitter for some resources for you guys to look at. But the main takeaways, the problem is prohibition related and it's not drug related. And if we really want to solve the overdose crisis in this country would just seemingly it just keeps getting worse and worse every year we really need to push ourselves to do something new. We need to consider supervised consumption services, drug checking services in the lock zone should be even more widely available than it is right now, the answer is harm reduction. That's all I had to say. I hope you guys enjoyed this little rant of mine tweeted us. I'm very curious to hear what you guys have to think and don't forget to tell your friends to subscribe. Leave us a review. I'm sure Tom. Would be very happy to to know that I'm putting out the plugs for that. But also, I mean, I just. Again it in baby obvious to me, but. I don't know this ministration of another clue. That's all for drugs and stuff right now. Thanks again for joining us folks. Talk to stay classy. Drugs and stuff is brought to you by the drug policy alliance. If you like, what you hear in the podcast dues, favorite rate, the show on I tunes gave it five stars and a nice review. Also, we'd love to hear from you, tweeted us at drugs and stuff. 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