When I went to Amsterdam in the summer of 2011 to study foreign drug policies, mushrooms had been recently banned due to multiple, deadly incidents with tourists. As a result, the more potent and synthetic version (Magic Truffles) emerged as a replacement.
Why is this important? Three reasons:
- The product: Drugs are commodities and users are consumers. If you think in terms of business, a recreation of a banned product is a guaranteed profit.
- The customer: People are always going to do drugs, and addicts are prime costumers.
- Our capitalist nation: America has the same Magic Truffle scenario with every illegal substance ¬– a more potent and legal substitute.
The Red, White or Blue Pill
In America, legal drugs include designer drugs such as:
- Cannabinoids (synthetic marijuana) and cathinones (bath salts)
- Pharmaceutics for the prescribed patient
- The “Big Three” (alcohol, tobacco and caffeine)
Amsterdam can legalize everything and treat people individually, but America has a much larger population to control — so we made prison into a profitable market. Prisoners are traded on the stock market and work for only 12 cents an hour making things like Victoria’s Secret bras. We have more people locked up in prison than every other country combined.
Oversea terrorists gain from our market of drug substitutes. Unlike regulated businesses, manufacturers overseas can make their product as addicting and dangerous as they want with no liability. Buying synthetic drugs is possibly funding violent and anti-American groups, especially in the Middle East and Latin America.
The Desire to Feel Good
Despite laws, people will always do drugs to appease the need to feel good fast. If you take away a dog’s chew toy, a biological (not just behavioral) urge will cause it to still chew – on anything. The desire to feel good varies in everyone’s DNA. Those with a shortage of natural, pleasurable neurotransmitters have a mental illness and commonly attempt to self-medicate with drugs.
Designer or synthetic drugs are alterations of illegal substances, and because of constant interchangeable compounds, they cannot be pinpointed as illegal. The DEA refers to this as whack-a-mole – outlaw one and a new one has already broken ground. The synthetic compounds can be much more dangerous than the drug they mimic because they are often purer and more potent; one example is Carfentanil, a synthetic opioid now being dealt on the streets.
Marijuana is a natural substance that, until this past year, has been illegal in the United States. Legalizing marijuana combats narco-terrorism by profiting American businesses, keeping people out of jail, and keeping citizens alive by giving them an assured product rather than deadly mystery meat.
Marijuana also stays in your system for 10-30 days. Synthetic drugs are not traceable in urine.
Spice, Salvia, or K2 are just a few names for synthetic marijuana, which are easily accessible in gas stations and smoke shops. The intense high is short-lived — some people black out or vomit, and many go to the emergency room. The emotional stir from the experience can leave a disturbing impact and induce mental illness.
Before Obama’s interference, synthetics were packaged to appeal to teens with rich colors and catchy names, but they are now disguised as household products: bath salts, incense, and toilet cleaner.
In the market for a good bath salt? You can’t go to Bed, Bath Salt, and Beyond, but you can purchase from overseas. Because there is no franchise guaranteeing the product’s quality, you could buy a toaster and, when opening the box, receive a rabid dog that eats your face.
Bath salts are used to rev-up the central nervous system – a super stimulant with hallucinogenic properties. They can make you so psychotic and unaware of reality that you go insane, commit crimes, and possibly die.
“Incense” is a product made by the company UpChurch, which is an industry earning an average of $5 billion per year. Because of undetectable components, there were no legal or age restrictions on this product.
Testing every questionable product requires copious amounts of time and money.
Other countries view America as pill-poppers. There’s a belief that whatever symptom you have, just visit the doctor and you’ll be cured.
This is one reason why pharmaceutical companies are multi-billion dollar industries. They pay a dividend to doctors who prescribe their brand, and have strong marketing campaigns essentially convincing people into illness.
Some medications are absolutely necessary, but question everything that alters your mind or mood.
The Big Three
The Big Three are the most noteworthy substances in America: caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco – perfect products for easing a hard worker’s day. These markets rule our nation by making people feel good. Even though these products are more addicting, intoxicating, and damaging to our health than illicit ones, they are widely accepted due to social stigmas and the history of our culture. We all saw how well the prohibition worked.
So why don’t we market other addicting substances?
Well, we do. Pharmaceutics and synthetic substances are the marketable derivatives of other illicit drugs.
The Ants Come Marching In
Drug addiction is a health problem, not one that should simply be treated with drugs. Research what drugs help or harm. Just because something is legal, doesn’t mean it’s right or safe. Drugs are being produced faster than the law can catch up to. Lock up your medications, and educate yourself and kids. Ultimately your health is in your hands. Take control today.