Depth of Amer­ica’s drug cri­sis is still be­ing un­der­re­ported in na­tional main­stream me­dia

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

I have been in­volved in lo­cal and na­tional par­ents’ anti-drug or­ga­ni­za­tions through­out the past four decades, be­gin­ning with deal­ing with vi­o­lent drug-re­lated ri­ots in my own chil­dren’s high school in 1974. My as­so­ci­a­tion with other par­ents work­ing to pro­tect drug-en­dan­gered chil­dren from preda­tory drug traf­fick­ers has made us in­ti­mately aware that the na­tion’s cur­rent drug cri­sis is far greater than what is be­ing re­ported in the main­stream news me­dia.

An ex­am­ple is the cur­rent re­port­ing of drug over­dose deaths of 50,000, which vastly un­der­states the to­tal death and dev­as­ta­tion of drugs to Amer­i­can fam­i­lies.

Former U.S. drug czar Barry McCaf­frey pro­duced a na­tional study of all drug-re­lated deaths for 1995.

It showed that over­dose deaths were about a third of to­tal drug-re­lated deaths that in­cluded deaths from drug-re­lated ill­nesses, ac­ci­dents and crime.

There­fore, the 2015 rate of nearly 50,000 OD deaths alone would cal­cu­late to about 150,000 to­tal drug-re­lated deaths as of 2015.

But that num­ber of over­dose deaths is still soar­ing as we end 2016.

In ad­di­tion to the per­ma­nent tragedy of drug deaths, a huge num­ber of par­ents are suf­fer­ing from en­slave­ment to drug-re­lated men­tal in­ca­pac­i­ta­tion of loved ones who are un­able to func­tion in­de­pen­dently, many of whom bully par­ents into hous­ing, feed­ing and sup­port­ing them — and some­times even buy­ing them drugs.

Sadly, many of these abused par- ents are mo­ti­vated by over­whelm­ing in­stincts of parental love and are un­will­ing or un­able to force them out even as the drug-dis­abled child ages into mid­dle age.

A ma­jor con­trib­u­tor to this Amer­i­can tragedy is the widely ac­cepted “fake news” that mar­i­juana is medicine. The FDA and NIDA re­cently pro­duced a new study reaf­firm­ing the sci­ence that there is no med­i­cal use for smoked mar­i­juana.

Don’t kid your­self. Mar­i­juana is dope, not medicine.

How­ever, un­der the over­whelm­ing in­flu­ence of drug-money funded pro-drug lob­by­ists draped over the shoul­ders of fam­ily-be­tray­ing leg­is­la­tors, some states in­clud­ing Mary­land, are en­abling the mar­i­juana traf­fick­ers to pro­duce and dis­trib­ute through­out the state their de­struc­tive ad­dic­tive dope that is a ma­jor gate­way drug lead­ing to the de­struc­tion of chil­dren and fam­i­lies as cited above.

Please help spread this in­for­ma­tion be­fore the drug death demons knock on your fam­ily’s door.

DeFor­est Rath­bone, Leonard­town

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