Skip to comments.The “Junkification” of Canada by the Left
Posted on 03/18/2005 8:35:15 PM PST by Lando Lincoln
While I was a university student, I worked as a certified aerobics instructor and personal trainer. My fitness classes quickly became known as the toughest around, but they were also known for producing great results. If someone was having difficulty keeping up -- as many often did -- I would introduce modifications to help that person stay with the program until they became more fit. But there were no shortcuts, and no substitutes for hard work and sweat.
But imagine if the following scenario would have taken place instead: An obese woman comes through the door of the gym. She tells me that she has failed at every fitness and diet program that she has ever tried. Instead of starting her on a difficult journey to wellness, I say, Judging by your past diet failures and the fact that your butt appears to have its own zip code, youre clearly beyond hope. All thats left for you is to turn on that cheeseburger faucet full-throttle! Come in here three times a day and well ply you with free Big Macs, courtesy of the government. We call it the Mickey D Maintenance Program. Its the only real option left for someone as far gone as you.
Pretty crazy, right? Try telling that to the Canadian government. Its doing the exact same thing, only with free heroin for addicts, to the tune of $8 million of taxpayers money--starting this week, in Vancouver, BC.
Every leftist politician Ive spoken with, and every Canadian media report Ive seen, parrots the success of the same Swiss study as justification for this lunacy. Hardly surprising, given that the Canadian media usually behaves like high school seniors doing term papers: one guy writes the story directly from a press release and praises a particular study, and the rest just copy it.
What no one has pointed out is that this Swiss study that the lefties rave about was deemed to be an abject failure in 1999 by a World Health Organization External Evaluation Panel report. Subsequently, a letter to the International Narcotics Control Board from the Director-General of the WHO concluded that the project was an "observational study without the possibility of making reliable unbiased comparisons between treatment options." It did "not provide clear evidence for the benefits of heroin treatment over other substitution agents." The project established "no causal link...between prescription of heroin and improvements in health or social status..." Therefore, "it is difficult to conclude that the available results of this Swiss study could assist any other country..."
But try reasoning with the liberal social engineers and with the people who have made a cottage industry out of conducting nutty research that defies common sense. When asked about the Vancouver free heroin trials, University of Amsterdam Centre for Drug Research director, Dr. Peter Cohen, explains why hes all for the idea, [O]piates are remarkably non-toxic and impose very little health hazards. However, the junkification of users that happens to some of them is not a result of the opiates, but of the social conditions in which people land. Intense marginalization under conditions of prohibition 'creates' junkies Now, if you supply heroin to users, you relieve them from the black market and you supply self esteem to them which creates all sorts of possibilities But, compared to the social conditions that create junkification, the conditions inside the maintenance program are more humane and more promising.
Cool word, that junkification. It evokes images of grunge-rocker Courtney Love trashing a pricey hotel room.
Lets try some of the professors hip lib-speak with the fat ladys case: The lardification of fast food eaters that happens to some of them is not a result of cheeseburgers, but of the social conditions in which people land. Intense marginalization of cheeseburger scarfers under conditions of cheeseburger badmouthing in movies like Supersize Me creates fatsos.
Much like a guy with a German accent could read the back of a cereal box and make it sound like hes talking about rocket science, if anyone could possibly slip this junkification BS past the average persons sniff test, it would be some liberal with a bunch of academic letters after his name.
Conditions inside the maintenance program are more humane and more promising? So in other words, as long as the fat lady keeps coming to my health club to get her order of Big Macs with a side of self-esteem from me, its all good? Right. And maybe if we can get all the junkies to shoot up inside Chuck E. Cheese funhouses, theyll eventually get hooked on Whack-a-Mole instead and forget all about the heroin?
I asked Robert Weiner -- Former White House drug policy spokesman, and now president of a Washington, DC-based think tank specializing in drug policy -- what he thought of Cohens statement, and the idea that heroin isnt harmful. He replied with, You get to the point where the person is obviously an idiot. It doesn't pass any thinking person's common sense test.
Canadian Conservative Party Member of Parliament and Foreign Affairs critic, Stockwell Day, used to be a pastor and counselor of troubled youth. He says of the free heroin giveaway, In all the time we worked with heroin addicts, I never saw one case 'cured' by giving the patient more poison. Encouraging more people to live on heroin eventually means more people die on heroin.
And the people who would know best happen to agree. Billy Weselowski was a heroin addict for 20 years on Vancouvers Skid Row where the trials are being held, and spent his share of time in penitentiaries. He took the hard road to recovery, started a licensed addiction treatment clinic that now has 58 beds, recently finished his Masters degree, and is beginning his Ph.D.
He says, Everyone has copped out to the degree of reducing a little bit of crime and a little bit of harm at the expense of human beings. Theyre just throwing these people away. He adds, No ones going to be able to maintain [their addiction on the 3 prescribed hits per day] because you cant maintain heroin. You build a tolerance to it. Inside a few months, youll need more of it to get the same sort of punch.
Weselowski tosses a point at me that no one appears to have considered. I know this, because I could hear crickets at the other end of the phone when I ran the notion by a few of the Canadian politicians who have been pushing the free heroin idea. Weselowski feels strongly that someones going to end up killing somebody [while on government heroin], and theyre going to blame the government and use that as a legal defense. The addict has got a gun to the citizenrys head. Itll be, You created this. You put me in this position, and now youre going to pay for it.
Although the Vancouver project is being billed as a trial, history suggests that its likely more of a soft-launch for a permanent program than anything else, and about as much as a pilot as a movie trailer preview is for the associated feature film released a few months later.
According to Conservative Party Member of Parliament, Randy White, whose riding is located near Vancouver and who has worked extensively with addicts, Ironically, when the first needle exchange came into Vancouver, people said this would prevent HIV and people will come in here and talk to us. That didnt work at all. So they said that now we need an injection site...That didnt do the job. Now theyve got a heroin clinic, and fully intend to operate a heroin clinic after the results come in because those that are working in that field have a vested interest. Ive had people in those kinds of facilities challenge my concerns because they were concerned that I would have their jobs taken away if the project failed...[These measures] reflect a terrible lack of strategy, and [the heroin project] is an approach that basically says we give up.
Leave it to the Canadian harm reduction leftists to advocate in favor of using Canadian citizens as guinea pigs to essentially duplicate a failed experiment. And while the government is funding heroin injections for junkies, diabetics cant afford needles, and addicts who want into treatment centers to get off heroin end up on a waiting list.
The junkification of Canada, by the loony left is certainly well underway, with projects like free heroin and the idea of decriminalizing marijuana taking the country one step closer to a culture war with America--its largest trading partner.
As Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), member of the US House Committee on Homeland Security, points out: Canada has a right to pass whatever they do. But if you dont have harmonization of drug laws, and there is a disconnect, then we will have a right in the United States to re-evaluate our border strategy.
With one foot in a dumpster and the other on a banana peel, Canada is the doped-up, misdirected, know-it-all kid who thinks hes cool and progressive like his loser European friends, but he clearly doesnt give a damn about his future.
Rachel Marsden is a political strategist, columnist and talk-show host who has worked in the US and Canada. www.rachelmarsden.com
I wish common sense was a little more common in this degenerate time.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
The logic of the program is inescapable. Junkies need heroin. Lard asses need lard. Those in debt need more money.
Guess these people never heard of "needle park".
Welcome to my backyard. It's pretty embarrassing. Although, it helps me step up the efforts to immigrate to the US and join the Marines because I'm so ashamed of everything about Canada now.
(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
It is good that 14 year old boys can consent to homosexual acts while the free heroin rolls in! Blame Canada!
That's the secret reason behind my personal workout ethic - 'No Pain....No Pain!'
I suppose that's why I'm about 15lbs overweight - then again, I just call it 'good living!'
Maybe this program will attract American addicts
and we won'thave to deal with their "problem"
anymore. Let's hope they hear of this program
and leave the U.S.!
This is a nefarious liberal plot to kill druggies by giving them free heroin.
As far as I know, Ann Coulter never went through a phase as a radical feminist, never falsely accused a swim coach of sexual harassment after he cut her from the swim team, has never been convicted in court of stalking any ex-boyfriends, and never worked for Connie Chung's ABC News television show. When you regain verticality, you should really do some research on Rachel Marsden. I'm going to give you a head start. Some relevant links:
Lethal Weapons: Neocon Groupies, by Ilana Mercer (scroll down to the Rachel Marsden passages)
Attention all U.S. heroin addicts....move to Vancouver B.C.
Outstanding reporting. Thanks. New Media bump!
Seems to me you're going to have to prove that with a photo comparison :-)
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