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in our movies and history books, with victims left in dark alleys,
rundown apartments or secluded wooded areas, and the media there to
inform us of the lawlessness which is threatening the very fabric of
This vision is very threatening, scary.
But when I hear
drug related deaths, somehow the vision is altered.
First of all, the
media usually is not there to help us formulate our vision.
isn't very spectacular and so much easier to ignore.
threaten us in the same way that drug related murders do, even if the
body count is very similar.
It doesn't occupy the headlines in the metro
sections of newspapers week after week, or provide the obscene pictures
on our nightly news broadcasts. And if it isn't reported, it must not be news, therefore, it doesn't present a problem. At least it doesn't present the kind of problem that demands our attention. Yes, I am
convinced that the number of media worthy drug related murders would
I am also equally convinced that the number of drug related
deaths would be increased.
Good health and long life is no more a by-product of heroin, PCP,
cocaine and its dirivatives than is tobacco and cigarettes.
accept that cigarette smoking is responsible directly or indirectly for hundreds of thousands of deaths each year, can any reasonable person expect less from legalizing drugs that have a much greater destructive potential, both physically and mentally? Folks, the proponents of legalizing narcotics are running a shell game. What their agenda is, I do not claim to know. what seems absolutely clear is that their agenda is not participation as a supporter in the struggle against
drug abuse. Still, I feel there is some thing to be gained from this dialogue, besides trashing the proponents of legalization.
Obviously I don't think much of legalizing narcotics, but there is still the question of what shall we do to win this so called war on
In closing, I would like for us to consider some of the things
that I believe have brought all of us together today around the issue of drug abuse. Perhaps in reviewing them we may be directed toward
searching even harder for solutions.
Hopelessness, privilege, a
twisted sense of values, and duplicity are the things I have in mind.
Hopelessness is the primary reality of one segment of our population. Some have turned to drug abuse to ease their pain and find escape from
a reality they feel ill equiped to deal with.
Others in this same
category, without the educational background to compete in our structured society, have used their entrepreneurial skills on the wild side.
They are the young local drug sellers who will put me or anyone else
in their graves in an attempt to hold onto what they view as their
ticket to success.
We have nothing to threaten them with.
their lives have been worst than anything the criminal justice system
has been able to devise.
Privilege is the primary reality of another
segment of our population.
Some have turned to drug abuse for recrea
They are confident that the term "dope fiend" doesn't apply to
do not commit street crimes.
Still they don't realize that drugs and
recreation are diametrically opposed.
A twisted sense of values is
shared by both groups and is partially responsible for their susceptibility to drug abuse. It allows one group to feel they have no choice
and the other to feel that they are marching to the tune of a different
Duplicity describes the way that our governmental agencies and
policy makers have dealt with the issue of drug addiction during my
By that I mean while official governmental policy has not
overtly supported drug addiction, many of its policies have contributed
to it, 1.e. the lack of anti-drug abuse education and addiction
treatment facilities in major Black Ghettos during the 1940's, 50's and 60's, plus closing the only two federal treatment centers in Lexington, Kentucky and Texas. During that period of time it was not considered a national problem. Minorities and poor whites were mostly
addicted to heroin, while middle and upper income whites were still
dealing with the myth of cocaine suiting their lifestyle and it not
Drug addiction did not become a public problem until
it reached suburbia in the late sixties and early seventies.
It is also duplicity if our government policy requires us to
support drug dealers in the fraudulent name of fighting communism, or
stopping drug related deaths.
A twisted sense of values can only
create havoc and confusion. As a drug abuse consultant, I continually meet youngsters from a variety of environments. The common denominator among them is drug abuse with one or more of the things I've mentioned as a contributing factor. If nothing else I sincerely hope that these hearings illustrate very forcefully that drug abuse is not the root problem. Drug abuse is a very destructive symptom indicating a number of other problems. If this is not recognized, we may be doomed to continually treating symptoms in the form of drug abuse, or other behaviors that are equally destructive. I hope my testimony will help to move
the issue of drug abuse prevention beyond dialogue toward accomplish
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