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Fake drugs, fake news

07 Mar

It’s been all over the news, up here; various Canadian mayors (Toronto, Ottawa, and other important Canadian cities) are talking about an ‘opioid epidemic’ in their cities; and I saw that recently, Stateside, Chelsea Clinton gave a speech on the subject (preparing for a future role in politics, perhaps?).

The big concern is ostensibly about ‘fake’ versions of fentanyl on the streets; some accounts say that carfentanil, a drug used to sedate elephants, is being passed off as fentanyl, but it’s 10000 times as strong, or something such. Other reports mention other things passed off as fentanyl.

I have to ask, why now?

I mean, OxyContin abuse has been a big enough social problem in many places for well over a decade, but all of a sudden The Powers That Be are now concerned about opiate abuse?

What, because a few idiot teenagers win some Darwin Awards, offing themselves by their stupidity?

Why the hell should we care?

Oh, I know: money: I heard that one Canadian city plans to spend some $2.5M fighting the scourge; more education programs, Naloxone kits for cops and firefighters to have on hand, etc.

So that’s all it is, isn’t it?

Big Government, wanting more tax dollars to spend on bigger government, education, law enforcement, etc.

In cahoots with Big Pharma, producing and selling a drug to counter other drugs that they also sell. Convenient!

As well as a big new social crusade to fire up progs, motivate them again to dream big government dreams.

Funny how The Hive always moves together at the same time, after years of inaction…

*Update: Amicus reminds me, in his comment, about the other ostensible issue, fentanyl being passed off as other drugs. My main point still stands; if you’re stupid enough to abuse opiates / opioids / whatever they’re calling them now, and you die, your own damn fault, and it’s only a handful of people offing themselves in this manner, it’s hardly an epidemic. Typical politician / media overreacting, pushing some agenda…

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11 responses to “Fake drugs, fake news

  1. AmicusC

    March 7, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    from my anonymous sources, one of the problems with the fentanyl issue is that unlike oxy, people are largely unknowingly taking fentanyl as it is being used to cut other drugs or is being used instead of the drugs the individual is attempting to purchase.

    this does not defeat the argument that you can avoid it by not doing drugs, but if we care about intent, a number of individuals are not intending to ingest fentanyl.

     
    • Will S.

      March 7, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      That’s the other issue, I forgot to mention, fentanyl supposedly being passed off as other things.

      Regardless, people should stay away from abusing any opiates, from OxyContin to fentanyl to heroin, etc. But if they don’t, and they die, I can’t be arsed to care. There is no epidemic; just a bunch of idiot teens offing themselves by stupid decisions.

       
  2. infowarrior1

    March 8, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Apparently some drugs cause people to act like zombies and bite people’s flesh off.

     

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