Drugs

In that drugs typically go hand in hand with criminality, it is often necessary to effectively address drug addiction to fully rehabilitate a criminal offender.

Indeed, this is a key component of the Criminon program, as well as the specific province of an allied organization, Narconon (no drugs).

But it is even more important to address the drug epidemic in general—on the basis of broad public awareness and education.

Rather than waging endless “war” on resourceful suppliers at home and abroad, it is more feasible to decrease the demand by means of effective drug education.

Foundation for a Drug Free World is doing just that.

However, advising people to just say no to drugs is not the total answer. They need to understand why they would want to refrain from drug use.

The real handling, then, is to discourage and prevent drug use in the first place by simply educating people on the truth about drugs, so they have the data necessary to make up their own mind about them.

People who fall into drug use typically do so in the absence of any true data on what drugs actually are and do to the mind and body. More commonly they are operating off false data in that regard.

Armed with the truth about drugs, the great majority will actually choose not to use them.

For example, the rear cover of the Foundation’s free DVD, The Truth About Drugs, reads:

Do you know what drug . . .

  • Is sometimes mixed with glass to heighten the sensation of taking it?
  • Creates a “high” simply by killing brain cells?
  • Is made from ingredients like battery acid and rat poison?
  • Often contains other drugs like speed, LSD and even heroin?
  • Got its name from the sound it makes when you smoke it?
Get the answers. Get the facts.

The Truth About Drugs is the real story of what drugs are and what they do to your body and mind—told by people who’ve been there, done them and survived to tell about it.

To learn more about Foundation for a Drug Free World, the truth about drugs in general and the predominate street and prescription drugs in particular, visit www.drugfreeworld.org.

Our drug epidemic is by no means limited to street drugs. Prescription drug abuse accounts for 30% of the Nation’s drug problem, and is fast overtaking drugs like marijuana and cocaine. Controlled prescription drugs like OxyContin, Ritalin and Valium are now the fourth most abused substances in America, behind only marijuana, alcohol and tobacco.

It has been proven the use of addictive prescription drugs leads to the abuse of street drugs.

According to the Foundation's booklet The Truth About Ritalin Abuse:

A study of 500 students over a period of 25 years found those who used Ritalin and related drugs had a greater likelihood of using cocaine and other stimulants later in life.

According to a 2005 study, teens who abuse prescription drugs are 12 times likelier to use heroin, 15 times likelier to use Ecstasy and 21 times likelier to use cocaine, compared to teens who do not abuse such drugs.

Psychiatric drug abuse in particular is growing at an exponential rate.

Teenagers, children and even infants are being systematically and aggressively targeted by the Psycho-Pharmaceutical Industry for psychiatric drug use.

Whether or not some of these drugs are being validly prescribed for certain conditions is beside the point. Factually they are being aggressively over-prescribed, the present and future social consequences of which are and will be devastating.

As ever more “disorders” are literally voted into the roster by the psychiatric community, ever more and younger children are being labeled with them, and invariably placed or even forced onto psychiatric drugs as a result.

A white paper published by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) of Florida reports a staggering 528% increase in the number of Florida’s Medicaid children placed on psychiatric drugs between 2000 and 2005.

The paper specifically reports that in 2005 alone:

  • 59,697 children were prescribed psychotropic drugs.
  • Of these, 7,444 were 5 years old or younger, and 1,953 were infants and toddlers 3 years old or younger—all of whom were put on powerful psychotropic drugs such as antidepressants and Ritalin.
  • 520,348 total psychotropic drug prescriptions were written for these children (again, this is in a one year period).
  • 15,240 children were prescribed 3 or more different psychotropic drugs during the year.
  • 351 children were written 50 or more different prescriptions.
  • 260 of the infants and toddlers were routinely prescribed 4 or more psychotropic drugs—most of which were “off label” (i.e., they have not been tested or approved for infants).
  • In the state of Florida alone, $680,000,000 of Medicaid funds was expended on “behavioral health drugs” in 2005, which represents a 286% increase in five years.
These figures do not even represent the total number of Florida children on psychiatric (otherwise known as psychotropic) drugs in 2005. They merely represent the foster children in Florida’s Medicaid program who were placed psychotropic drugs that year.

Psychotropics are more akin to street drugs than medical drugs—in that they alter the mind and mood. The word “psychotropic” literally means “mind-bending”.

Apart from their potentially harmful and even deadly side effects (7-year-old Broward County foster child Gabriel Myers hung himself from a shower hose in 2009 while on psychotropic medications), it stands to reason children introduced to a sanctioned lifestyle of mind- and mood-altering drug use would be far more likely to subsequently abuse street drugs in order to continue their acquired habit of mind- and mood-altering drug use.

To learn more about psychiatric drug abuse visit www.cchr.org.

I realize that my interest in and resulting dependence on speed started when I was prescribed Ritalin. At first it was every weekend, then it was every day. I began to get hallucinations of birds flying overhead, feelings of people in the same room as me when I was alone, and the beginnings of paranoia. I used up [my friends'] entire Dexedrine prescription within a week. Then I went back to my Ritalin and went on from there. I don't remember 12th grade. But I do remember overwhelming depression and an inability to understand what exactly was the reason I was doing worse than ever in school. I barely graduated, and made absolutely no college plans. At the last minute I enrolled in the local college. I was able to stay clean for about 17 days before the need for speed overcame all. I attended class for one week, and failed miserably.