Friday April 18, 2014
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Did you see "The Man with the Golden Arm?" It was a movie made sometime back in the fifties starring Frank Sinatra. It tells the story of Sinatra's character falling into drug addiction. When I saw it, the movie scared the living daylights out of me. Not only was Sinatra's character unable to beat the habit, the drug supplier was a real sleazy character. I left the movie vowing that I would never fall into the trap -- and I especially did not want anyone like that sleazy drug supplier near me.
Times have changed, and I am sure that the movie would now be viewed as "not sophisticated." Of the course, the viewer -- me -- wasn't all that sophisticated either. Whatever, I got the message.
The school that my kids attended had a very good drug education program. I can't remember all of the particulars -- the course also touched upon personal values. Anyway it was very effective for my kids. In fact they tried as hard as they could to get me to stop smoking. However, I wasn't ready to give up that habit until about another 10 years passed.
With all the cutbacks in education, I wonder if the course, or something similar is still offered. They also learned to type as 7th and 8th graders. They also had P.E., band, music, home arts, "shop," and art included in their middle school curriculum.
Getting off topic. sorry
and so there is another mistake :-)
I always catch mistakes after hitting the post button. A friend of mine had a sone who was a druggie.
Tom, it seems to me that we all agree that in order to have a successful rehab of a heroin user, the user has to be truly dedicated for the rest of his/her life. I think that is the point John was making, that Ron was making and that I tried to make.
A friend of mine had a son who a druggie. The family put him through rehab three times, which was very expensive. Eventually he died of an overdose. I had another friend whose daughter was a druggie. They also put her through rehab several times. They paid her rent and utility bills directly and saw that she had food. Eventually, she, too, died of an overdose. A former neighbor found their son dead of an overdose in the kitchen of their home after just finishing rehab.
These are only 3 examples, I am sure that Ron has many more experiences. The underlying lesson is, "Rehab does not work unless the user wants it to work." Outside support is useful, but not effective if the user isn't in the front line fighting the addiction.
Ron, help me out with regard to methadone. Was it thought of as a way of working druggies through their problem? Did the program/experiment end because of a lack of success?
You are correct, Ron, I was thinking of methadone.
Tom, we have been down this path before. If I remember correctly, you favor legalisation. How well has legalisation worked in other countries? It seems to be that some years ago (10-15??) there was some type of program that gave junkies a counterfeit "heroin". This drug was dispensed by clinics. Does anyone remember this program and whether or not it was successful.
By the way, I agree with John, unless the person is willing to fully cooperate there is no way to beat the habit. In my opinion, egalizing heroin will only increase welfare costs. Remember the famous actor who just passed away due to an over dose. He had all the money he needed to spend on getting cured, he was "clean" for over a dozen years, and then .>.....>>>>....Unless, you have the strength to go on ......>
Tom, it would seem to me that the attacker went there for the sole purpose of "evening the score." Isn't that something like "premeditation?" And doesn't that add to the seriousness of the attack? Also, the attacked man was already in handcuffs, another police officer was present, I don't think the handcuffed man presented a a danger to anyone. He was attacked for no reason. The attacking police officer definitely needs anger management.
Also, the attacker seemed to find out about the incident rather quickly as he arrived while the suspect was still at the scene. Does that mean that because of his position in the police force he was given quicker notice than an ordinary person? It seems to me that if I, a civilian, were attacked, my husband would not be told where the suspect could be found. I think he would only be told of the incident and what hospital I had been taken to.
I think unreasonable and unneeded force was used given the information you gave.
Does anyone have any information about the audit that was approved some months ago? Has it been started? Will it be finished before the new board is in place?
Could it be that some guys ought see if the skin products could help them? :-)
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