A report by the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition and its partners want to decriminalize all hard and soft drugs in Canada, stating education is the key in their harm reduction strategy. This coalition blames the failure of their harm reduction strategy at Prime Minister Harper who prefers spending taxpayer dollars on incarceration versus enlightenment for our drug addled populace. The Coalition feels the War on Drugs is a lost cause, decriminalization of all illegal soft and hard drugs, and educational harm reduction strategy is the key!
While there are many Canadians who have mental illness brought on my birth or trauma to the brain, this story is not about them, but by those whose continued drug use, regardless of treatment to stop feel they are to be treated differently than others who commit crimes.
My previous career was attending and investigating crime scenes, drug houses, properties and assessing risk to officers entering these places, and determining the environmental damage left by criminal organizations in assisting government agencies in recommending what steps to take to protect the public health. (Photos attached to this story are just a few of many I have taken to show the severity of a ongoing problem). So I do have a first person perspective on this issue, including the fallacy of safe injection sites in DTES.
The Canadian Drug Policy Coalition harm-reduction initiatives would allow the enlightened such as the drug addled Heroin addict to be more educated about the dangers of drugs, thus giving up drugs and be a productive member of society. This flies in the face of medical studies which state for many addicts that the resulting mental illness after years of drug use is irreversible; their brain registers an eternal “Check Engine” light, indicating the damage is already done. We have all seen the image: This is your brain, now this is your brain on drugs! You cannot unfry an egg.
If we decriminalize all soft drugs, especially hard drugs, such as Heroin, why not decriminalize Handguns and Automatic weapons of every type? After all, Drugs and Guns go hand in hand, and if harm reduction strategies work, what’s the harm?
If the Coalition state harm reduction education strategies work for the addict, it surely must work for those who own assault rifles? If a glitch results in death or injury from either, would a legal system put a strip of black medical tape over the addicts mental “Check Engine Light” to legally excuse them of the consequences of their fatal actions? If criminal actions result because of their mental instability, can we still hold them accountable and put them in prison? Or do we re-educate them and show them the error of their ways, and release them back into society soon after?
One example of re-education is Vince Li, a mentally unstable citizen a few years ago decided to stop taking his anti psychotic medication, this resulted in Mr. Li going “Berserker” on a bus full of Canadian passengers, decapitating his young victim, Tim McLean, and then munching on the head of said victim in front of stunned police officers and passengers.
Come full circle, after a few years of re-education at a psychiatric facility, medical professionals announced that Mr. Li is cured of cannibalism and his penchant for decapitation, relatively stable mentally, and a suitable model citizen fit to one day re-enter society once again. Of course with the caveat that Mr. Li must never refuse to take his meds, like he did before.
So would this enlightenment and harm reduction strategy work for Assault rifle owners to stop the use and ownership of assault rifles and handguns? Give your head a shake! The only enlightenment druggies want is at the end of a needle, instant self gratification.
If harm reduction strategies worked, what else comes next when it comes to decriminalization? Why not decriminalize drinking and driving? After all they will one day stop drinking and driving once their car slams into a stationary object at high speed or kills someone.
Addicts, like alcoholics, must never be presented the opportunity to score a bottle of Jim Beam, or drugs. Addicts must adhere to group peer pressure and support to stop their addiction. You don’t tell an addict, “Hey go ahead, and shoot up, while we enlighten you about the dangers of drugs”. As anyone knows the enlightenment speech would be like so much “white noise” once booze or drugs hit the addict’s lips!
Blaming Prime Minister Harper for not wanting to put Canadian taxpayer funding into harm-reduction initiatives, shows merit if the end result is more useless studies like this one.
Druggies or any other mentally unstable person whose mental faculties marred by drugs must not be allowed access to drugs. Mentally unstable gun nuts are not allowed access to illegal weaponry for a reason, so the same rules need to apply to addicts and their use of illegal drugs. Anyone whose actions results in injury or death must pay for the consequences of their actions.
Would using the excuse mental addiction (caused by illegal drug use) bar them from responsibility of their actions instead of tough love in prison? While our War on Drugs is seen as a lost cause, would not allowing legal access to illegal soft and hard drugs as an alternative be the “End of Days”? The End of Days would be decriminalization, as any unsuspecting victim who can’t discern whether the mentally unstable drug addicts “Mental Check Engine Light” is masked by a strip of medically sanctioned Black Tape? Many today use their Mental illness caused by drug abuse as an excuse to beat criminal charges already. So would sanctioning all drugs be decriminalized allow those a free pass, get out of jail from criminal acts?
Addiction, is addiction causing mental illness, with many cases resulting in injury or death to themselves or others. There was a case in the US justice system where a murderer used the excuse his mental illness was brought on by low blood sugar, and a candy bar would have prevented the death of an innocent. It seems mental illness is used as a placebo of excuses to escape responsibility for their criminal actions.
Repeat offenders such as Pedophiles claim mental illness, sex addiction, alcoholism, drugs etc to explain their actions, so do other repeat offenders who progress to commit horrific crimes also plead insanity caused by drug abuse, including alcohol. Giving legal licence to continue to abuse themselves is ludicrous, as history repeats itself in many cases where re-education and harm reduction practised today shows it does not work for the many. If it did work would not our prisons be empty, would legal aid lawyers, police and prison guards join the ranks of the unemployed?
Would not the ultimate harm reduction strategy be to put drug dealers, and criminal organizations in prison for life with no chance of parole? If there are no drugs on the street, there would be no market to buy it.
If the Coalition is so certain their measures are foolproof, perhaps should they recruit one of their re-educated and enlightened to babysit their children? Of course, they must also inform the reformed addict the medicine cabinet upstairs is chock full of soft and hard drugs, with a stern finger wag, the enlightened former mentally unstable addict must never, ever open it.
To that, I say, good luck with that!