Too bad all around. Those who are found guilty of illegal drug distribution
deserve the maximum sentence. So many lives are wasted either from death or
time spent trying to procure the ticket to the next high. Addiction is a
terrible beast to battle and often you can't beat it alone.Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic that doesn't seem to be slowing
down. Once again its too bad all around.
Its amazing to see a judge in this situation. Of all people."Trust not the arm of flesh"
The prescription drug problem and its abuses are a national and growing problem
related to the culture that expects to push a button, and problem quickly
solved. That does not nor will it ever work. All it does is exacerbate the
problem. Perhaps part of the solution might be to get everybody a job, keeping
them off their idle time and dwelling upon themselves that only magnifies any
problem, thus requiring even more medications which side effects usually include
contributing to the mental problem.
Albert: "Perhaps part of the solution might be to get everybody a
job.."People who have jobs ususally go to "Happy hour,"
on Fridays, after work. The real problem are the pharmaceutical companies that
are allowed to manufacture the poiaon in the first place. Nearly
every drug that has been made has proven to have devestating side effects,
usually, more detrimental than the problem they were produced to cure. But not
much is done in the way of monitoring the production of these drugs.The law enforcement spends hundreds, even millions, of dollars to arrest a
person for possession of Marijuana, but make no effort to monitor the big
Pharmaceutical companies that manufactures drugs that kills more people than
alcohol and recreational drugs combined.
UDOT employees have drug tests. It's time to drug test all judges, lawyers
Let me throw this one out there: Lots of people have chronic pain from a back or
other injury. This could be the result of a sedentary society that is out of
shape, over weight and prone to injury. Seeking relief from this pain is to be
expected. The medical profession is not very good at treating pain. People that
suffer this way have my sympathy. I don't think extreme punishment is the
I think part of the problem is in Utah the dominant religion teaches against
alcohol, tobacco, etc. so instead members of this church go to prescription
drugs as their comfort because it doesn't look as bad as drinking a beer
and isn't as taboo in the religion. I know many members of said
congregation that are addicted to prescription drugs, but whom would shun a
person seen drinking a beer. It really is backwards. Just my observation. It
doesn't make it right, I think in their minds it isn't as bad.
It's called = The Word of Wisdom Stigma.Mormons who
wouldn't dare touch a diet coke or a cup of coffee, don't give a
second thought to pounding down extremely powerful pyschotropic medications.It's like if it's packeaged in a perscription bottle - the
Word of Wisdom is magically transposed into being completely null and void.Sad - the letter of the law, vs. the spirit of the law.
Sadly enough, I am quite sure a can of beer is better for you than a can of soda
of the same size, diet or regular. A can of beer is definately better for you
than the prescription drugs.
Time to drug test everyone that can carry a concealed weapon. If the Legislature
prevails, that would be everyone.
Sadly, this is not an easy solution, as per the different points made here. And
judges are human; education has little effect on the reasoning. As portrayed in
the article, most don't anticipate addiction at the onset.Society can try all it wants, God bless all the efforts. As a born-again
Christian, I see a higher success rate out of addiction in my community due to
the in-dwelling of the Holy Spirit (inside believers), as opposed to the general
public with whom I interact on this problem. But we also surround many family
and friends who struggle through the same nightmare, so I don't necessarily
see a "corner on the market" for professing Christians. I just see a
deeper commitment and awareness in the addicted.If easy solutions
were out there, the data would show it. I am impressed by the various comments
here that reflect the diversity and adversity for this sad statistic.
Several ignorant comments here already.This problem is too complex
to simply blame the pharmaceutical industry, doctors, patients, or (most absurd
of all) any religion.First of all, this is a national problem, not
just a Utah phenomenon. The fact that Utah is not immune to it is not a
surprise. Addiction is multi-faceted problem. In Europe and Asia
pain is viewed differently than in the US. Don't expect to get a strong
epidural or narcotics for more than a couple days post-operatively in most other
countries. Ibuprofen and tylenol is given for most fractures and pain is to be
expected after surgery, fractures or delivery. I really think that
how we view pain and treat pain is the problem. Pain in many cases is a natural
phenomena after injury or illness to inform us how to respond to the injury.
I'm in favor of pain control but not pain annihilation.
I agree with you JapanCougar. It is ignorant to try and blame the medical
profession or a religion for this problem. Society and thus families have the
opportunity to be the answer. It starts in the home.
For the most part, the pharmaceutical industry are pushing toxic poisons, and no
one reads the side effects or researches what they are taking or injecting into
their bodies. There may be a few drugs that are life saving, but the majority
of them are very dangerous. People need to study natural health remedies, if
they want to live a long and healthy life. In some cases, with the elderly or
those who have autoimmune diseases or cancer, pain medication is a necessity.
Oxycotin is too strong of a pain medication and very addicting, but sometimes
pain can kill you. My Father has to take pain medication (Loratab), and I also
give him natural supplements to keep down the inflammation. I feel bad for those
that are taking 7-15 different types of drugs, because I know it will kill them.