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May 21 - BUT WHEN THE ADDICTS WERE BLACK, NOBODY CARED


 


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May 21 - BUT WHEN THE ADDICTS WERE BLACK, NOBODY CARED
 

 
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“I WILL SAY THAT I’M GLAD THAT WE’RE FINALLY ABLE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION. WHEN I WATCH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HUGGING HEROIN ADDICTED FOLKS OPIATE ADDICTED FOLKS IT MAKES ME VERY HAPPY, BUT IT ALSO MAKES ME VERY MAD BECAUSE THOSE SAME REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS, WHEN THE PROBLEM WAS CRACK, SHOW NO MERCY NO COMPASSION NO UNDERSTANDING AT ALL AND LOCKED UP A BUNCH OF PEOPLE. I DO THINK THAT NOW IT’S HITTING EVERYBODY HOPEFULLY WE CAN COME UP WITH A MORE COMPASSIONATE RESPONSE.”

~ Van Jones


Intro
Since 2014, New York state has reported more deaths by heroin overdose than from homicide. The number of heroin overdoses doubled from 2010 to 2012, affecting everyone from the poor, to middle class college aged students. Needless to say heroin addiction has re-emerged as a serious mainstream problem facing Americans nationwide. Every day 120 people overdose on opioid based narcotics, much of which are a*sociated with complications from painkillers and heroin abuse. The heroin epidemic affects Americans of all demographics, from rural areas to urban areas and among both rich and poor. Yet many people are not conscious to how severe its impact is.
Ultimately, heroin addiction has become such a serious issue in the States that many legislators are considering unconventionally sympathetic methods of combatting the issues, moving towards providing treatment and supervision as opposed to locking up the diseased. Ironically, the change in attitudes concerned with substance abuse have changed as the demographic of victims has shifted from those coming from poor, urban, minority neighborhoods to more affluent, white, suburban communities. Many marginalized communities face continued impact by the merciless drug wars levied against them, beginning in the 1980s. The pronounced differences between the the ways in which issues of drug abuse are confronted depending on race and socioeconomic status is impossible to ignore.

Why The Resurgence?
Over 3.5 million people over the age of 12 reported experimenting with heroin. The number of reported heroin abusers has almost doubled from 370,000 in 2007 to 680,000 in 2013, making it a more popular choice of recreational drug use than crack cocaine. Even more concerning are the 120 opioid related drug overdoses that occur on a daily basis nationwide, much of which are due to complications a*sociated with heroin use.


The resurgence of heroin after its considerable decline as a drug of choice can be partly attributed to the over prescription of opiate based painkillers. Many addicts turn to heroin once their opiate prescriptions reduced. Others opt to take advantage of the accessibility and low cost of cheap heroin as a substitute for prescription drugs they can no longer afford.

Traditional American Victims (For lack of a better word)

The face of heroin abuse in the United States has changed drastically. Fifty years ago, the demographic of heroin users was overwhelmingly male, disproportionately black, and predominantly poor. Today however, most heroin users in the United States are women, from suburban middle class communities and 90 percent of those victimized by the illicit narcotics are white, facilitating a more intimate relationship between affluent legislators and suburban addicts.

Road to Legalization?

Despite heroin still being categorized as as schedule I illegal narcotic, many American politicians are considering nontraditional methods of combatting deaths from overdose and heroin addiction. Cities such as Seattle, WA and Ithaca, NY are shedding light on the idea of setting up safe houses, in an effort to provide addicts with a safe, hygienic facility to consume heroin, providing clean needles, supervision and intervention in the face of potentially fatal overdoses. Proponents argue that not only would the existence of safe houses reduce the number of deaths from overdoses, but would also encourage a path for treatment and eventual sobriety.

Cities such as Vancouver, which operates the only supervised injection center in North America, provide proponents of such a radical idea with encouraging data. The Vancouver safe house “Insite”, which opened in 2003 reported having saved lives on a daily basis, while also saving millions on health care and public safety costs, and reducing transmission of diseases from dirty needles. Such data has enabled legislators and social movements to gain traction on the idea of setting up supervised injection centers for the purpose of saving lives and promoting addiction treatment. Doing so would be an unfamiliar means of combatting the American drug problem with empathy, says the poor black community….sarcastically.

But When the Addicts Were Black Nobody Cared….

During the 1960s and 1980s, Americans were subject to another drug scourge of epidemic proportions a*sociated with heroin and crack cocaine abuse. Rather than combat the rise in drug use and increased crime rates with treatment, the United States government levied an a*sault on inner city communities of color known as the War on Drugs. Yes, “war”. Like “War on Terror”…Ok.

Data and past attitudes suggest a clear racial bias in the ways these different epidemics were approached. When people of color were victimized by drug addiction they were criminalized. In contrast, when a particular addiction disproportionately victimizes white Americans it is treated as a public health crisis. Although one could argue the influential impact of time’s contributions to a change in modern approach, can we agree that other contributing factors might include race and socioeconomic status? Just might?

When considering the medieval mandatory sentencing laws that were passed through congress almost immediately in the 1980s? Still? Even when considering the 100:1 disparity of mandatory minimums prompted by the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 between crack, a drug with an 85 percent black usage rate, and powdered cocaine, the more affluent version of the drug? Despite this number now being closer to 18:1, Still? Even when considering the demonization and criminalization of marijuana, when the drug was a*sociated with Mexican immigrants in the 30s, enabling law enforcement to incarcerate and deport them after the Mexican Revolution. This despite cannabis being prevalent in American medications for decades prior. Compared to the attitudes of marijuana use in the 60s when white college aged hippies were experimenting with the drug, still?

Conclusions

Ultimately, the idea of treating drug addiction as a public health issue combatted by medical professionals, as opposed to treating it with police, judges and prosecutors, will almost inevitably lead to a reduction in overdose deaths and the eventual reduction of heroin use in general. There are currently about 100 supervised injection centers worldwide, many reporting trends of overdose reduction and increases in treatment entry. Still, cynics can only wish that such measures were employed against the f*ght of hard drugs when narcotics are destroying people of color.

Helps to have something in common with United States governors I guess.

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102 comments for "May 21 - BUT WHEN THE ADDICTS WERE BLACK, NOBODY CARED"

 4 weeks ago '18        #2
David akaLegion 6 heat pts
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I laugh when lil timmy dies of opiates
fu*k him and their parents
How do ya like them apples now eh YOUNG!!
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 4 weeks ago '16        #3
MadMarlo 
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i laughed when the former fox Goat Eric Bolling lost his son to overdose


fu*k him


Racist fux
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 4 weeks ago '19        #4
KING48 1 heat pts
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Fake outrage


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 4 weeks ago '05        #5
HUDA2daF 4 heat pts
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fu*k them junkies every last one of them. i hoped they all died a horrible children involved death

 4 weeks ago '11        #6
Broseph Stalin 54 heat pts54
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avenge the ancestors by selling opiates to white kids
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 4 weeks ago '18        #7
playmaker 
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People never wish death or anything evil on no man, woman, or child. Its childish to do so...Evolve.....
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 4 weeks ago '08        #8
YOURKINGB4EVER 27 heat pts27
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 playmaker said
People never wish death or anything evil on no man, woman, or child. Its childish to do so...Evolve.....
I don't wish that on a soul but I'm more apathetic towards this plight
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 4 weeks ago '04        #9
the_malicious 114 heat pts114
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The caucasian community needs to stop complaining

"Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps"
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 4 weeks ago '05        #10
bobbysteels18 709 heat pts709
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 David akaLegion said
I laugh when lil timmy dies of opiates
fu*k him and their parents
How do ya like them apples now eh YOUNG!!
That's fu*ked up there is definitely double standard between this epidemic and the crack epidemic. They went to have heroin safe houses can you imagine crack safe houses it will be outrageous. A crack user gets caught with crack he goes to jail someone doing heroin gets let go and a offer to go to rehab.


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 4 weeks ago '16        #11
Negusis 7 heat pts
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 playmaker said
People never wish death or anything evil on no man, woman, or child. Its childish to do so...Evolve.....
Nobody is wishing anything. We just saying keep that same energy for the opioid addicts that you had for the crack and heroin addicts.

Its very obvious they are treating them different for obvious reasons.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #12
Negusis 7 heat pts
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 agilegorilla said
You people are stupid , black ppl are using heroine , dope just as much and dying from it. It’s not just a white People problem. Drug addiction effects EVERYONE
You have statistics on this?
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 4 weeks ago '04        #13
grydlok 42 heat pts42
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 agilegorilla said
You people are stupid , black ppl are using heroine , dope just as much and dying from it. It’s not just a white People problem. Drug addiction effects EVERYONE
Didn't read the article huh? It even said that black people being on crack and heroin were sent to jail.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #14
David akaLegion 6 heat pts
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 agilegorilla said
You people are stupid , black ppl are using heroine , dope just as much and dying from it. It’s not just a white People problem. Drug addiction effects EVERYONE
You’re not the brightest one eh?
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 4 weeks ago '18        #15
David akaLegion 6 heat pts
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 bobbysteels18 said
That's fu*ked up there is definitely double standard between this epidemic and the crack epidemic. They went to have heroin safe houses can you imagine crack safe houses it will be outrageous. A crack user gets caught with crack he goes to jail someone doing heroin gets let go and a offer to go to rehab.
Exactly why I’m laughing
Now they wanna do rehabilitation for lil timmy now but before it was throw em in jail.
fu*k em
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 4 weeks ago '18        #16
Juliette DaBlok 23 heat pts23
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 Negusis said
You have statistics on this?


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These stats don't match up with dudes claims

link >

80% of the opiate deaths from 2017 where White/Non Hispanic victims.


Last edited by Juliette DaBlok; 05-22-2019 at 05:31 AM..
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 4 weeks ago '05        #17
Sub Crazy 15 heat pts15
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n*ggas just wised up. They realized they can drive out from the hood to the counties and the country where white people pay more.

Gentrification also plays a role in this. With n*ggas being forced into the burbs they have easier access to clientele with higher median incomes. Which means they will pay more for the same product as well as purchase it in greater quantities. Just cause you take a n*gga out the ghetto...yeah you get it.
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 4 weeks ago '16        #18
Birdmans Hands 4 heat pts
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 the_malicious said
The caucasian community needs to stop complaining

"Just pull yourself up by your bootstraps"
Theres more functioning working heroin addicts than crackheads.


Makes you think
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 4 weeks ago '12        #19
johnnysnow 2 heat pts
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 Sub Crazy said
n*ggas just wised up. They realized they can drive out from the hood to the counties and the country where white people pay more.

Gentrification also plays a role in this. With n*ggas being forced into the burbs they have easier access to clientele with higher median incomes. Which means they will pay more for the same product as well as purchase it in greater quantities. Just cause you take a n*gga out the ghetto...yeah you get it.

Don’t blame us for those junkie weird folk

They are buying and selling to each other

They all start off on coke and xans then take it to next level
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 4 weeks ago '18        #20
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"BUT WHEN THE ADDICTS WERE BLACK, NOBODY CARED"

ah man, here we go again.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #21
BlaqThum 
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Smells like maga spirit
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 4 weeks ago '17        #22
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Theres 100 crackhead movies and 0 dope head influenced flicks
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 4 weeks ago '04        #23
dc3003 137 heat pts137
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Ya that movie traffic just came out in 2019 lol. The bottom line is no-one cares about addicts until you have a family member addicted.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #24
ItsThatEasy 7 heat pts
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I worked at a Detox center for about 4 months.

I got a million stories about these spoiled little opioid fu*ks and the special treatment they got from our higher up's.

I have a special kind of hate for that group of people, fu*k 'em.
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 4 weeks ago '18        #25
ItsThatEasy 7 heat pts
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Btw, lean also counts as an opioid in most detox facilities.

You think the lean population got special treatment from our center?

fu*k them white boys.
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