Skip to comments."Don't call drug users Junkies" campaigners say
Posted on 01/11/2018 2:37:46 PM PST by Ennis85
Users of cannabis, cocaine and heroin are victims of discrimination and should no longer be called druggies or junkies, an international drug legalisation pressure group declared yesterday.
It called for an end to negative language for drug users and their habits in order to ensure their human rights are respected.
As part of the drive to persuade people to think differently about drugs, the words addict and even drug user must be thrown out, a report from the Global Commission on Drug Policy said.
It urged newspapers and broadcasters to encourage more positive attitudes by calling a drug user a person who uses drugs.
Instead of calling someone addicted to heroin a junkie, they should be said to be someone who has a heroin use disorder.
A recreational drug user should be referred to as a person with non-problematic drug use and a former addict should not be described as clean, it said.
Even the word addict itself should go, to be replaced by phrases such as person with substance use disorder, the report said.
The Commission, launched six years ago by financier George Soros with the aim of legalising drugs, has British members who include former Deputy Prime Minister Sir Nick Clegg and Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson.
Publication of its report, Countering Prejudices Against People Who Use Drugs, was Sir Richards second intervention in the drugs debate within a week.
Last Friday Sir Richard posted a message on the Virgin website calling restrictive moves on cannabis law by Donald Trumps administration a throwback to the worst days of the failed war on drugs.
The Commission report said: Commonly encountered terms such as junkie, drug abuser, and crack head are alienating, and designate people who use drugs as others morally flawed and inferior individuals.
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What, I can’t be a junk-food junkie either?
OK....junkies and junkettes..
>>What, I cant be a junk-food junkie either?<<
Good Lord have pity on you.
cannibis, cocaine and heroin. one of these things is not like the other two.
Junkors and junktrices.
Lajunkies and Lajunkettes
I see what you did there!
Suddenly I have hankering for some Fritos Corn Chips, Dr Pepper and an old Moon Pie . . .
Would they prefer to call them targets of opportunity?
Orwell is alive and well
How bout crack whores, will that suffice?
Just another attempt for these idiots to try to “normalize” that which is ABNORMAL!!!
Call them what they are....Drug Addicts!, Alcoholics, Queers, etc!!
Haven’t used that word “junkie” for dopers in a long time. It’s kind of old fashioned.
Call them democrats.
“person with non-problematic drug use”
If you CANT TELL that this person is an addict, then why would this person be self-conscious about the term “junkie”?
Some people can drink and not be a “Drunkard” or “Wino” (does anyone under 39 even use those anymore?), somehow I dont think they are making a fuss.
I’ll have to ask my ex-junkie heroin addict friend what he thinks about that.
He’s been counseling and mentoring junkies for 30 years. I suspect junkie works fine for him.
How about dope fiends?
Junkie, junkie, junkie, junkie...J-U-N-K-I-E !
Doper, doper, doper,doper...D-O-P-E-R !
What...someone held a gun to the heads of these LOSER ADDICTED, DOPER, JUNKIES? They did this to themselves!
Hello 1984 and "NEW SPEAK"/PC! :-(
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