#69 | POSTED BY BILLJOHNSON
Yes, it was his fault, yes he was a dumb-a$$. He threw his life down the crapper and paid for it. Never implied that he wasn't. You can't save someone who doesn't think they need saving, they have to come to that realization themselves.
I didn't share this to ask for pitty (oh woe is me or his family) or to excuse his actions (he was a dumb-a$$, repeated lest you feel I'm trying to excuse him for being a dumb-a$$). I shared it as a real world example of the thought that, maybe, JUST maybe, had it been legal and regulated (meaning a set of standards are applied) he might not have gotten a hot shot and died from it before he figured out that he was killing himself. Odds were against it, but that's a moot point now.
It's the government's fault for not providing a better drugs.
Regulation isn't the same as "providing better drugs". Not sure where you got that. It is the same type of regulation that assures everyone that the food we eat and the prescription drugs we take don't kill us (at least outright, fatty foods, or taking 20 Oxies etc being an exception). Unless you're saying that the Govt provides our prescription drugs and food?
And yes, to answer you're next expected comment, people OD on prescription drugs, but guess what? The big difference is that taking an Oxy one day and another the next, you're pretty well assured that the same amount of the drug is in each and every pill. That is what regulation does. With Heroin and other illegal drugs, the actual drug content varies to the point that the same dose you took yesterday could kill you today because there is no control over it. And yes, the Govt's job (one that isn't already corrupt anyway) is to regulate things for the safety and welfare of society. Otherwise you're at the whim of whoever is selling you something. You don't want that do you? Having to grow and prepare your own food and mix your own meds while hoping that what you buy contains the ingredients you expect it to contain. Thank our Govt, even with all it's ills, for not having to do that.
Now you're suggesting we should have legalized heroin to enable yet another drug addiction.
Depends on what you mean by "enable" I guess. The addicts will be addicts whether it's legal or not. Are you suggesting that someone who isn't interested in trying a highly addictive illegal drug is suddenly going to try it because it is legal? Colorado and Washington have pretty much proven that isn't the case. Usage is essentially unchanged and is lower than the national average. www.washingtonpost.com