Opioids and ‘the Good Life’

Lately there’s been a great deal of media coverage of the opioid crisis that is going on in the country. It is commonly referred to as a “‘disease’ along with alcoholism and drug abuse. This seems to be an egregious example of political correctness that disguises the real problem in the fog of a euphemism. Cancer is a disease, addiction is a spiritual problem. It is what happens when a society’s primary values are entertainment and pleasure rooted in materialism. And it represents the culmination of what secularism and liberalism have accomplished in their efforts to tear down all restraints to one’s conscience by destroying Christianity and biblical morality.

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  • Raymond Hietapakka

    I dwell in the very evil eye of this shitstorm…highest per capita Prescription Rate for Opioids on the entire Planet…..Hey! Fishing’s great here, too…we’re hitting the hole next week where Bob lost a 10 lb.+ brookie last day of the season. Thunder Bay Tourism Motto “Come for the Oxys, Stay for the Hookers. “https://www.baytoday.ca/local-news/yet-another-report-shows-north-has-provinces-highest-death-rate-from-opioid-use-466780

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      “…but Manitoulin Island has the highest overdose death rate in the world.”

      WTF is going on in Manitoulin Island?

      • El Martyachi
        • El Martyachi

          It’s no crazier than the fuckin nonsense the “social services” folks running things base their policies on.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Social services exists only for themselves.
            What the hell would they do if they really solved all the problems they purport to be solving?
            Why did the IRA last so long?
            In the end it was nothing more than a protection racket.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        You live in a southern state.
        Where I live the winter daylight gets shorter than seven hours long at the winter solstice.

        • Drunk_by_Noon

          Maybe, but the highest heroin overdose rate in the entire world?
          That’s quite an accomplishment and must be a sign that there is a confluence of several bad juju factors going on there.
          I say Indians and welfare combined with an exceptionally bleak existence. It’s a very odd distinction to have.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I say welfare.
            There are instances of both extremes in each of our countries.
            By the way, as an aside, the natives in Winnipeg are lobbying for the old army barracks compound as part of a land claims settlement which borders one of the richest and most liberal neighbourhood in the province.
            It has been going on for ten years.
            And I believe it will never happen because the rich don’t want those people in their backyards.

      • canminuteman

        My guess would be lots of Indians, but we can’t say that. There are a lot of Indians there but I don’t know if it is the problem, but I suspect it is. Thunder Bay in the same.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Don’t forget benzo’s.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The only sane argument is the libertarian one. Leave the government and your mores out of my business. We on the right claim to hate the nanny state except of course where it’s in bed with OUR morals and values then let’s call in the damn army. But bottomline the sum total of all fiscal and social costs we expend on this bullshit war on drugs is and will always be more than the cost of decriminalizing even legalizing everything, no matter what the effects of that are. We whine and scream about any proposal to put limits on guns because we ‘have to keep the boot of the state off our throats’. But then when it’s drugs or (where are my smelling salts) abortions, we demand the state come down like the hammer of god to enforce our righteousness and curtail the liberty of others.

    • canminuteman

      I agree with you, but you have to have the whole package. I’d be good with getting rid of all drug laws, but at the same time you would have to get rid of all government spending on health and welfare.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The main sticking point for me is the socialist response to smoking.
        Like I have a duty to society to quit smoking because of the costs I inflict on the healthcare system due to my habit.
        In fact, over the years, I have paid more in taxes than the socialist puritans ever have.
        They should all just fuck off while eating their cheeseburgers.

        • canminuteman

          This is why I don’t believe in socialized medicine. The “we pay your medical bills” is used as an excuse to tell us not to smoke and not to drink and what we should eat. In their mind every restriction on our freedom can be justified by “we pay your medical bills”.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Legal and illegal drugs destroyed my parents and my brother and sister. The only thing that saved me was the good sense to leave home when I was old enough to vote.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I can’t imagine what that must have been like.
        Sorry

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Actually, I understand the heroin addictions my father and brother had.
          I don’t understand the clinical stamp of approval that the doctors got for giving my mother and subsequently my sister loads of benzodiazepines for many years.
          I am not an uncle for either of these situations.
          I should be and I’d be a fantastic uncle.
          But, I’m not.
          It’s one of the holes in my life (another Police reference) that will only be filled when my kids have kids.
          Not anytime soon, I hope, they have a lot of work to do.
          I’ve heard stories about my Granddad and some of them aren’t always flattering and some of them are.
          One thing I always saw in the pictures of us riding his back when we were little was how proud he was that we were there.
          World War Two vet who lied about his age at sixteen to get over there.
          God, I loved that man.

      • Hard Little Machine

        The apron of Mother Government would have only made that worse

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          The government did fuck all.
          Had to drag the cops screaming and kicking to do something, anything, to rescue that situation.
          And I was five hundred miles away.

  • Martin B

    The secularism-&-materialism-cause-drug-addiction-religion-is-the-cure thesis falls apart when you observe that Muslim shitholes like Afghanistan & Iran have the world’s highest per capita rates of opiate addiction:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opium_in_Iran
    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22091005

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      There’s a reason why there is a drink called a rye and coke press.