Kratom, MAPS, couples therapy, people who come to addiction treatment, MDA, supplementation for alcohol, Duterte, the crackdown on opioids, increased death, cannabis Prop 64, other states, new data, and Seth’s adventures in the great white north were covered.
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Posted in Addiction, Drug Enforcement, Police, Treatment
“We are treating the symptom and not the disease, and the disease is prohibition.” — Patrick Heintz regarding the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 (CARA)
With experience in both corrections and substance abuse counseling, Patrick Heintz has worked with incarcerated populations for over 20 years. Beginning as a child care worker in a maximum security Department of Youth Services facility, he spent the majority of his career at the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department as a counselor/corrections officer.
As a substance abuse counselor licensed by the State of Massachusetts working in a variety of corrections settings, he was witness to what he calls the “revolving door and intergenerational nature of the offender population”. Patrick explains, “Early on in my career, it became apparent that to a large extent, this revolving door phenomenon was a direct result of the prevailing laws associated with the war on drugs. It became a daily frustration that no matter how service-oriented and well intentioned treatment attempts were in a corrections setting, nonsensical drug laws such as mandatory minimum sentencing, school zone violations and other punitive consequences of drug arrests kept us from being optimally effective.”
As a human service worker in corrections, it was obvious to Patrick that substance abusing and addictive personality disorders were more mental health issues than a law and order problem. He experienced an avalanche of realizations upon first hearing a LEAP presentation where the speaker pointed out that after 40 years of being at war with drugs, the percentage of the population abusing drugs remains at approximately the same level as in 1971, when the war on drugs began. Patrick contends that “Sociologically there will always be deviations from the norm including substance abuse, but they cannot be legislated or enforced away.”
Posted in Addiction, Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Opiates, Police, Policy, Research, Trama, Treatment
On July 7, 2016, one or more individuals, including a suspect identified as Micah Xavier Johnson, shot twelve police officers and two civilians in Dallas, Texas, killing five of the officers. The shooting occurred at the end of a protest against police killings in the aftermath of the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. Johnson was killed during a shootout and standoff with police, while three other suspects are in police custody. It was the deadliest incident for U.S. law enforcement since the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The drug war and the disconnect between the police and communities of color is indirectly responsible for the attacks.
Posted in Drug Enforcement, Drugs, Police, Policy
The 2015 International Drug Policy Reform Conference was a biennial event that brought together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good. This conference was the largest gathering of reformers ever and included over 1,500 attendees representing 72 different countries.
Therapist Glen Marshall and drug education advocate Seth Fitzgerald both attended and take you through their experiences at the conference as well providing takeaway and contact information you can use to make changes in your own communities.
Drug Policy Alliance
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (Northwestern University Chapter)
Families for Sensible Drug Policy
The Center for Optimal Living
HAMS – Harm Reduction for Alcohol
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
Senator Mazie Hirono
Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies
Posted in Cannabis, Drug Enforcement, Police, Policy, Psychedelics
“Everything I believed about drug prohibition was wrong. My violent actions enforcing those laws harmed others and injured my own moral fiber.”
That tweet sits pinned to the top of former South Carolina police officer turned Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) Member, Raeford Davis. In this compelling podcast, Raeford takes us on his journey as a boy growing up in a conservative South Carolina christian home, to achieving his dream of being a police officer following drug laws as they are written, to recognizing his own moral authority and letting it guide him to a better life. Raeford is now dedicated to helping other officers who have been used as instruments in the drug war which not only hurt others, but themselves in the process.
Glen also contributes his own experiences on being a treatment provider and the tie in of treatment to the criminal justice system. We also discuss Dr. Carl Hart’s book High Price and the alternatives it offers. It’s healing for all those that suffer as a result of the drug war on The Addictive Podcast.
Posted in Addiction, Police, PTSD, Recovery, Trama, Treatment