Re: Death by Drugs
What I am waiting for is for one of you 'legalise it' geniuses out there to explain just how drugs should be legalised.
My Brother in Law (Sister's husband) became a speed freak in the good old '60s when most of us oldies began to try a little of this or that, South London where I come from was a very free place for any kind of gear you might want, although coke wasn't common then,speed; amphetamines of various kinds, brown bombers, black bombers, mandys, Sulphate, Librium a whole range of barbiturates was al available, as was a range of cannabis that I don't think exists today. Rocky (maroccan resin) Black rocky, Paki Black, Gold Leb, Nepalese, and so on.
My Brother in Law never got out of it as most of us did, as he got older rarely keeping a job for long, his health got worse, his teeth fell out and finally at about the age of fifty his heart quit along with his renal systen and liver. All caused byspeed and the associated drugs that most speed freaks are into. Years later another Brother in Law who was rather more catholic in his drug tastes took a cocktail of recreational chemicals over a weekend at a serious party, he becam unconscious for some hours his brain became starved of oxygen, he went into a coma and some two or three weeks later they turne doff the life support.
Around the Millenium I lived in California and my girlfriend had a son in his thirties he became a crankster (Speed freak in Californian) when he was 14, had been close to total liver and renal failure several times in his lifeand was still fighting to become clean when I knew him.
My point is, how do you prevent that kind of thing happening, these three guys were all basically good people but trapped by drugs that were illegal but very available, if drugs were fully legalised then presumably they would become more available and those that are susceptible would be more like to succomb and die. I don't have any answers but I don't personally beleive that Carte Blanche legality is an answer either.
I experimented with a few things including magic mushrooms and various types of speed in the '60s and '70s but was not that impressed so I am not a 'never touched 'em and nobody else should' type, I just don't like some of the results that I have seen from drugs.