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I hate my life, it’s crumbling before my very eyes. I’ve been turned away from a doctor with a severe back injury from doing yard work. Cruel and inhumane what they did to me. I took 120 mg of opana a day and 600 micrograms of subsys four times a day and then it was taken all the way. I’ve never been the same since. It’s not right. When you turn to the street for opiates you’re a criminal that’s what this has done to me so wrong what do I do? It’s making me so isolated it’s screwing up my thinking my personality it’s ruining all of my relationships and friendships.
Imodium as a recreational drug? I can’t believe you actually sited this diarrhea preventive medication bought over the counter as a drug anyone would use “recreationally”. You really should understand what your talking about before you write it for public consumption.
I perhaps should have mentioned constipitation. That’s the only real side effect, beyond their marvelous capacity to hit our opiate receptors – thus causing addiction when opiates are used regurlarly. Other than death from respiratory depression, constipation is their only physical side effect. Other non-direct side effects are suffered by those who cannot afford their habits. These include neglect of normal healthy lifestyle (nutrition), needle contamination in the case of IV users, and stunted lives thanks to the effects of this country’s puritanical inception which has led to our onerous drug laws and prison industry. An intelligent government/society would have learned from the debacle of Prohibition in the 1920’s, but governments have their own agendas and seem to be driven by, first of all hypocrisy – in a land where liquor and cigarettes can be bought in almost every store – and the old social standards of ignorance, wastefulness, greed and plain stupidity. Our governments are merely a reflection of our society, so what we have is absolutely what we, as a society, deserve.
Rather than referencing Reddit forum people, I should have also suggested reading anything on the subject by Dr. Andrew Weil M.D.. Simply having read his first book written in the late 60’s or early 70’s, “The Natural Mind”, or anything he and many other professionals have written on the subject since that early book, would have clarified much of the misinformation and cloudiness of this article. This flavor of ill-informed nonsense is widespread, so it’s easy for someone not having probed the subject to any depth to pass it on. I don’t mean to pick simply on UnDark.
Re Kratom, you’ll find an entire forum on Reddit devoted to mis-informing people of its addictive properties. These people would be addicted to aspirin if they hadn’t chosen to pick on this innocuous tree leaf. Yes I know, the poppy is just a flower . . . and it is. Just a flower. This campaign against the plant world that mostly ignorant, (many alcoholic), fundamentalists are at the bottom of is a disgrace to human intelligence. Kratom has many beneficial alkaloids, one of which (and perhaps one or two others . . . research continues with it), 7-hydroxymitragynine, lightly touches one class of our innate opiate receptors – designed through evolution to be receptive to our body’s natural production of endomorphins. This characteristic of kratom is what makes of of such benefit in those withdrawing from true opiates. Kratom is an opioid, not an opiate. Some vendors are extracting just one or two of the active alkaloids, thus concentrating things – a process resembling the liquor industries processes of extracting ethanol from plant mass. This area of kratom extracts could eventually be troublesome but the vast majority of kratom users are well aware of and avoid the expensive extracts, using just the inexpensive natural leaf to great beneficial effect in their non-clinical opiate withdrawal efforts, and also as a non-toxic analgesic. It’s certainly not anything of more concern than codiene, a genuine opiate, as your article implies.
As a society we need to stop trying to interfere with people’s desire to create their own consciousness as they see fit. In a supposedly free society, trying to control consciousness is exactly what Communists, Fascists, Al-Queda and their ilk including the aggressive Christian Right, always unsucessfully and always at great cost, try to do. Will we never learn?
Your initial article leaves the impression that the previously mentioned leaves off of a tropical tree, kratom, are somehow more dangerous than the codiene and other “relatively weak opioids”. Codiene is a true opioide derived from morphine. Kratom is a tree with a long and distinguished herbal history in Southeast Asia. It was banned in Thailand only because the Thai government was overly concerned about its profits from opium. Kratom was a minor threat since it was either free or very low cost and the people who used opium were poor. It was a weak replacement for opium but the greedy government perceived it as an economic threat – not an issue of public health at all.
In the paragraph previous to the one I’m referring to, you describe methadone as “a lower grade narcotic”. I’m sure the person you’re talking about, LeBlanc, will tell you that it may well not provide the “rush” characteristics of heroin and other steet opiates, but it is a far more difficult drug to withdraw from since it is processed by the body into fat storage and takes months to clear the body. Heroin not so. Heroin and morphine and other true opiates in their pure forms are the least toxic drugs on the market and can be withdrawn from much easier than methadone. They all, especially methadone, can and do depress respiration and that’s what kills people, especially when used with benzos and/or alcohol. Addicted and non-addicted people don’t die from toxicological conflicts or . . . perhaps toxicological is not the correct word. What I mean to say is they do not harm the body in any way, other than killing people from excessive doses that depress respiration and through adulterated or complimentary drugs – fenatyl being the primary culprit lately although Hendrix, Joplin, Morrison and many other casualties of the Sixties prove that heroin is plenty risky in itself, without fenatyl. The well-known casualties I mentioned all had other drugs – alcohol primarily and cocaine secondarily – in their systems. They didn’t die strictly from heroin.
Your article in general seems ill-informed in many aspects and seems to be based on mainstream misconceptions mixed with your personal ignorance. You could have run it by any experienced drug person on Reddit and caught much of the error. Clearly you didn’t.