Victimless Crime Files: Heroin Use “Soaring” Among Rich Suburbanites
One of the “unintended” consequences of the legalization movement is the minimization of the horrors of drug abuse. When I was a Libertarian in thee 80s and early 90s the legalization policy we promoted was simple – drug addicts would die on the streets from overdoses and since there would be no free care for them in our libertarian utopia drug addiction was a problem that solved itself. Of course this cavalier attitude toward drug use ignores the damage users do to their children, the people around them and all the other social ills that befall us prior to the addict dropping dead.
Today the legalization crowd promotes the idea that drug use is harmless and if it does harm anyone it’s only the user so no big deal. The assumption is that “smart” people would stay away from hard drugs and “just” smoke pot but as we all know young people in particular aren’t smart. In their inexperience they don’t understand that the argument about drugs being a victimless crime doesn’t include the actual user, thus you have upticks in addiction and the crimes surrounding them.
The children of liberal suburbanites, perhaps due to the affected and artificial ennui their parents have instilled in them as part of their pretentious upbringing, are using heroin and other highly addictive, highly destructive drugs in record numbers. Observe the wails of disbelief from the people who have spent their entire adulthood telling people the desire to get high was something natural and harmless as they find their children are falling prey to their asinine philosophy:
More and more suburban teens are turning to smack to get high, defying conventional wisdom that big, metropolitan cities are the worst harbingers of heroin.
Some say that while there is a lot of outreach for kids in urban areas, suburban kids slip through the cracks and are exposed to drugs their parents thought were miles away.
Around the nation, teen deaths from heroin use have also gone up, from just 198 in 1999 to 510 in 2009, a 157 per cent increase, according to the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
‘Kids in the city know not to touch it, but the message never got out to the suburbs,’ retired Chicago Police Captain John Roberts said to NBC. ‘We didn’t think it would ever be a problem out here.’
Captain Roberts thought that moving his son out to the suburbs of Chicago would spare him the exposure, let alone introduction to the dangerous opiate.
Billy, a high school athlete, started on prescription painkillers, like many of his friends. Eventually, the teens could no longer afford they expensive habit, so they turned to the cheaper stuff.
Billy was just 19 when he died of a heroin overdose.
‘Part of the problem is they don’t realize how bad it is,’ said Captain Roberts. ‘After Billy used it a few times, he thought he was OK, because he didn’t seem like a junkie.’
Billy isn’t the only young person on the cusp of life that was lost to the drug.
Among 12- to 17-year-olds, introductions to heron have increased 80 per cent since 2002, according to data obtained by NBC. The prevalence of heroin is often connected to prescription pain medication, like Oxycontin, which is legal and easily accessible to some teens.
Heroin offers the same high, only more intense at a cheaper price.
In other words these kids are already addicts who turn to heroin for a cheaper high. And it should be pointed out that they are addicted to drug that is perfectly legal.
Having lived in an “urban area” all my life until recently I can tell you it was always suburban kids who got hooked on heroin and ended up turning tricks in the ghetto to stay close to their suppliers. That’s why in all Black or Hispanic areas there are always a number of White hookers. This isn’t new.
It is however preventable with decent, honest drug education of the kind that doesn’t minimize addiction. Of course if we had that all those immature adults who like to get high would cry when their children were told that people don’t need to get high to relax or manage stress, they get high because of some other problem they have such as psychic pain or pathological immaturity.