The Opioid Crisis

States are pondering with the idea of charging drug dealers with murder if a buyer dies as a result of use. This is primarily focused around the opioid crisis. No one can deny that the United States has a drug problem. Opioids are a dangerous part of the problem as these drugs cause the most deaths. What should be noted is that a good percentage of opioid users started taking the drug because a doctor prescribed it for severe pain.

If you have ever been in extreme pain before and were given opioids then you can attest that they work wonders. The pain just goes away as you enter a state of bliss. Yet the bliss is short lived as it is reported you can become physically dependent on these wonderful pills in just 5 days. With the DEA becoming more active in monitoring a doctor’s prescription pad, many newly minted addicts are cut off. This in my opinion is not fair and leads to their death.

We see once good productive citizens become criminals in the eyes of the law because they are in pain and need to somehow maintain a functional life. They purchase unregulated often tainted opioids or move into using heroin increasing their chances of imprisonment or death. A wall at the border will not solve the problem; an internal examination and making the proper adjustments in treating patents in extreme pain will do more than any wall. Many states allow for the use of medical cannabis for pain yet most states are still stuck in the 1920’s. We have bars on every corner yet somehow being high on anything other than alcohol is immoral.

So what common sense approaches can the citizenry take to curb the opioid crisis without spending a dime? First we allow doctors to prescribe alternative pain relief by federally legalizing cannabis. Cannabis is a proven to reduce pain and the great thing is no one has ever died from it. Second we need to allow people who suffer from chronic pain to be on opioids long term. Doctors should be able to give medication that will allow the patient to have a functioning life even if it comes in the form of a pill. So many people turn to street drugs which are not regulated by the FDA leading to fatal overdose of people who just needed pain relief. Finally I want to say that life is hard and it sucks sometimes. I do not look down upon the drug user I look down upon those that lock people up and deny them maybe the only happiness they will ever have.

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Sobriety Sucks! The Human Need to Spread Disease.

            Sobriety sucks!  Even the great apostle Paul understood this fact.  “Do not be drunk with wine which leads to debauchery.  Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Ephesians 5:18, NIV).  Sobriety in the sense of not being intoxicated through excess of alcohol etc. is a good thing.  Trying to be abstinent from everything that gives us pleasure is dumb and sucks.  So forget sobriety.  Listen; basically humans are cancers on the earth.  From the day we are born we start the clock until death and it is filled in between with suffering.  To live is to suffer and vice versa.  The Spirit of God is our comforter and through faith, prayer, medication, visualizations of divine bliss we can negate the suffering a bit on our way to death.  I know it sounds morbid; but it is true.

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            Here are some “sober” activities.  Motorcycles, videogames, exercise, reading, hunting, and fishing; these activities require no outside substance but will release endorphins into your body.  What are endorphins?  Endorphins are a naturally produced chemical secreted by the brain during various activities that give the person a sense of pleasure.  Endorphins are also pain and inflammation reducers this chemical is similar to a natural opiate.   So when you are thinking that your goal is to be sober but you love the way you feel after a nice run; wrong you’re an addict.  We all are; it is impossible to be human and not be.  Literally are own brains know that living on this earth sucks by God’s grace we can tap into a natural free source of drugs in order to help balance out.  If for whatever reason we were unable to get high we would probably be considered depressed and suicidal and not realize it.

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            Other activities that involve drugs which people who think they are sober condone include but not limited to; caffeine, sugar, nicotine, basically most food.  I suppose you could live on vegetables and water without any physical activity your chances of a long life are slim.  Essentially what this concludes to, is we live an existence that without intoxicating activity we will die.  The human spirit trapped in these monkey suites must stay high to stay alive.  Now I understand that this does not mean that we need to get drunk, snort coke, gamble away our life savings and put needles into our arms.  This also goes for eating ourselves into oblivion, drink ungodly amounts of soda, and smoking cigarettes like a chimney.   Smoking cigarettes and eating unhealthy amounts of food are perfectly fine in the communities of people who are abstaining from our traditional drugs and alcohol.  Many people just replace one drug with another and that is ok as long as you can be more responsible with one more than the other.  Essentially sobriety is not good for you.  As a human being trapped on this godforsaken planet please stay intoxicated!  I do not blame people for abusing substances, they are dangerous but so is the existence we live in.  So what the heck is my argument?

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            I am saying that there is no such thing as 100% sobriety in its truest form.  There is sobriety from certain substances; that is a good thing.  I know that this is a fatalistic way of thinking, but there is really know other way of thinking about it.  We grow up going to school to get a job, and then work so that we can have a few toys and die; and that is if you are lucky.  Human beings are a cancer to the earth and until we evolve in our spirituality we will continue to be plagues upon the earth with are life sucking, addicted ways.  But I get it; we all need something because being sober sucks!

The Backyard Preacher Podcast #117 (True Vs. False Spirituality)

Nate talks about true, vs. false spirituality.  Specifically mind altering substances.  In Nate’s opinion the most spiritual people are those with or with past substance issues.  The people who are seekers of something outside of themselves.  Yet the substance method comes at a high price.  While True spirituality is found within yourself through natural means of journeying.