What Is This Site All About? What Are My Goals?By Doc
My original thoughts regarding why I maintain this site can be found below. However, recent posts and e-mails I have received have prompted me to add the following.
I received an e-mail this past week that accused me of being part of a vast conspiracy – that I was using this website to “brainwash” people. It was never exactly clear what conspiracy group I belonged to, but the tirade made references to government, law enforcement and finally society in general. Wow!
I answered the e-mail, but I started to think, if this person feels this way, others may feel the same – that this is all “Bill shot” (the author’s words not mine) – some type of brainwashing conspiracy aimed at controlling people.
I’m no sociologist, but Merriam-Webster defines “society” as “people in general thought of as living together in organized communities with shared laws, traditions, and values.” Society comes from the Latin word “societas” which translates to “society (association of people).” So the people in our society today (and around the world for that matter) are brainwashing who? Each other? The people using drugs?
The author of the e-mail also said that people using drugs don’t want to stop; they just want to “get high.” OK, maybe they do want to get high, but once their drug use takes over their lives and they wake up one day and find that their bodies are broken from long-term drug use and that their children are hungry and neglected, they often want help. If they find themselves with nowhere to live, no job and no money, they often do indeed want help. If they have to rob, steal or prostitute themselves for that next fix, they often want help – and so does society.
And who profits from drug use? Not the user! No, it’s the supplier, these days more often than not the head of some drug cartel down in Mexico, and his minions. Do a Google search of “Mexican drug cartel violence” and see what your drug money supports.
Does everyone who uses methamphetamine (or any drug for that matter) go on to become a thief or child abuser or violent rapist? Of course not. But some people who just use methamphetamine to “get high” may eventually decide that they don’t like living in the grips of a drug anymore. Methamphetamine artificially alters brain chemistry, providing drug-induced feelings of euphoria, pleasure and self-confidence. But over time it becomes more difficult to feel life’s pleasures naturally. And the effects of the drug also slowly wane so that more and more has to be used to “get high.” What fun is it to be a slave to a drug?
The author of the e-mail also talked about legalization. I am all for decriminalization – for users only, not for those manufacturing and selling the drug. Treatment rather than long prison sentences is more appropriate for some people simply using meth.
But the author claims that the only reason people seek treatment is because methamphetamine possession is illegal. They try and stay clean because they have to provide clean urine samples or face revocation of probation and prison time or because Child Protective Services will take away their children. That may motivate some people, but to make the claim that that is the only reason is simply “Bill shot,” to use the authors own words.
Are there long waiting lists at treatment centers across the United States simply because methamphetamine is illegal? No! People actually want help. They want to stop. They don’t like being under the control of a drug.
I’ve been in the addiction field for 35 years, trying to better understand how drugs like methamphetamine and cocaine alter brain chemistry and affect the body. A significant part of that time has been spent investigating stress and how stress can trigger cravings that lead to relapse. I also study how other triggers in the environment can activate similar systems in the brain and body.
I truly want to help!
But my experience with addiction began long before my professional career. My parents were alcoholics – addicted to a “legal” substance that is still portrayed in advertisements as something that makes all people young and beautiful and full of energy (a particular pet peeve of mine). At least that is the glamorized image depicted.
Alcoholics can neglect their children – I know. They can get into auto accidents and lose their jobs. But they just want to “get high,” right?
Chronic alcohol use can kill. I watched it happen! I wish that I could have convinced my parents to stop drinking – or maybe just slow down! So don’t try and tell me that all of our problems with methamphetamine will be solved by legalization! That’s just pure “Bill shot.”
A close high school friend and college roommate of mine suffered a back injury and soon found himself addicted to pain pills (oxycodone). Another “legal” drug! My friend wanted help, but he overdosed before he could get into treatment.
Outside of the laboratory, I meet with methamphetamine users all the time, and I actually listen to them. I don’t represent authority – I am just a simple scientist. But they tell me that they want to stop using. And those who have been able to break free of the grips of meth tell me how happy they are to finally be truly free.
Through my life’s experiences, my education and my research, I have discovered the true face of addiction. So don’t try and rationalize your drug use to me.
Finally, to the best of my knowledge I have never called a meth user evil. However, some users have done evil things and I often highlight the more sensational activities in this column and on my website. I do that to encourage readership, not to hurt anyone’s feelings. If just one person decides to finally stop using meth – or even better does not start using in the first place – because of something I have written, then it has all been worthwhile.
Still remember, no one is immune from the effects of meth. Don’t try it – not even once!
If you are an IV meth user, especially a woman, I want to hear from you. I want to learn more about what meth does to you and your body to better determine what needs to be done to help you. I also want to know your story – how you started using meth and whether or not you also appreciate the differences between smoking meth and slamming it. Please contact me in complete confidence at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will remain completely anonymous. I will never print anything about you that will betray your trust in me, and I will never judge you.
Original thoughts regarding why I maintain this site
Some of you may not like what I highlight on this site. I am not trying to be cute or funny, although I use the somewhat catchy name to attract attention.
This site is dedicated to SHOWING THE DANGERS OF METHAMPHETAMINE
I collect news from around the United States – and abroad – and highlight the most significant reports regarding the horrors of meth.
These news reports fall into several categories:
- People are arrested every day for methamphetamine-related charges. These can include:
• People arrested for the possession of methamphetamine
• People making meth (those magnificent meth “chemists”)
This includes men AND women – and this highlights the dangers to innocent children since women are generally the primary caregivers for children. This becomes a major problem when you add meth!
Meth is a problem across the United States. It is no longer a West Coast or rural problem found only in the Heartland. Meth is a problem in urban centers as well as in rural areas, and this site demonstrates this problem through these news reports.
- Crimes committed by people high on meth
• Some of the most horrific crimes you have ever heard about were committed by individuals high on meth. The brutality is almost unimaginable. There are reports of rape, torture, murder and pedophilia. Of course not everyone who commits a crime like these is a meth addict, but you will be surprised to learn how many ARE meth users. This is also illustrated here.
• People are found trying to smuggle POUNDS of meth into and around the United States. It only takes 100 mg or so to get someone high – pounds of meth will get a lot of people high. This illustrates that there are probably a whole lot more meth users out there than anyone realizes!
• A lot of the meth trafficking involves the brutal Mexican drug cartels, and there have also been connections to known terrorist groups such as Hezbollah!
• Meth trafficking is often associated with guns, bombs and other weapons. These crimes are also found on this site.
- Violence and domestic abuse – and hypersexuality
• Methamphetamine is often associated with violence and aberrant sexual behavior
• Meth trafficking is also associated with violence
• Drug cartels
• Organized crime
• Mom and pop organizations and 1-pot chemists
• Meth chemists often resort to violence or greed – brutal horrific violence
If you have a story about methamphetamine to share, contact me at email@example.com
I want to hear from you!