In this episode I give my thoughts on the drug crisis in Canada. I think we are going about it all wrong and that we need to refocus our efforts on different tactics. I believe people are too apathetic to want to engage in the resolve required to oust drug dealers from our Communities and until we are ready we will continue to have issues with substances and death dealers in our neighborhoods.
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Hey everyone. Welcome back to coffee breath Conversations. I'm your host Russell and today, I want to talk a little bit about the opioid crisis in Canada. So I follow Joe Warmington on Twitter. And he had posted a thread, I'd say almost a month ago now, talking a little bit about the opioid crisis in Canada, and how Toronto is looking at decriminalizing drugs in its city. And it drew a lot of attention. A lot of people kind of gave their two cents on it. And of course, it was pretty heated. So Joe ended up blocking the comment section. And then he reposted something similar. And he basically said, I don't really care what your opinion is. And fair enough, because people's opinions on the subject are very vast and very wide. So today, I just wanted to give my opinion on the opioid crisis and what I think we can do as a country to resolve it. Again, I'm no expert. I'm just giving my opinion. But I will start by saying that I don't think any of our current models are working at all, I think that we need a new approach. The Law and Order side is not working drugs are flowing as free. Now as they were before, the drug dealers do not seem to be deterred by our weak sentencing sentencing structure. They're not detour to stop to not smuggle into Canada, fentanyl and other drugs. Now, on the other hand, I don't think our compassion and empathy, liberal policies have worked either. I think it's just enabled the system and the structure even more crack pipe vending machines, free drugs for addicts, insight, methadone, Suboxone, even Narcan. None of it is really worked. Canadians are still overdosing every day and dying from hardcore drugs. What I have seen, in my opinion, is a micro economy where the addict is placed last, and everything else is placed first. Now, you might be saying, well, what the hell do you mean by that most middle class Canadians will grow up and take middle class jobs. Much of those middle class jobs involve things like social work, addictions, counseling, police work, prisons, rehabilitation centers, nonprofits, advocacy groups, all sorts of different jobs that rely on people being addicted to hardcore drugs. I don't want to sound cynical, but I heard once customer cured is a customer last. And although I don't want to characterize everyone under this brush, because I think that there's a lot of people doing what they think is best and trying to help their communities. They are profiting off of the misery and addictions of generally the most vulnerable in our society. They are making massive profits. How much money do you think the makers of Narcan have made? How much money do you think the makers of methadone suboxone have made? How much money do you think middle class Canadians making middle class jobs helping addicts? Now, looking at from the right side of the spectrum, Law and Order hasn't worked, but it's created a lot of police jobs. It's a lot of a lot of training for police dogs, it's allowed the purchase of more and more equipment. As we attempt to take back property from gang members and seize drugs center distribution centers, these people are armed and they will not hesitate in some circumstances to fire on law enforcement and things like that. So law enforcement has huge budgets, they make their money, prison officials, you know, we catch some of these people, and we run them through our amazing justice system. That's sarcasm. And the judges make their money. The lawyers make their money, these people go to jail, where the addicts will continue to seek drugs while they're inside and the drug dealers will try to find ways to smuggle drugs inside to continue their criminal enterprise. And everyone has made their money along the way. The thing is the person that's addicted, they're still addicted to drugs. It hasn't solved anything. But everyone's made their money. My stance on the decriminalization of drugs is that I just think it's another tactic to continue to funnel money into this system. I don't think we're actually that serious about ending the war. war on drugs. I don't think we're actually serious about it. I truly believe that. Because if we were serious about it, we would all be taking actions that would that would be helping overall, but we're not. We're very apathetic. And our current models and systems of law enforcement and inner interdiction into drug use have not worked. They have been complete failure so far. And some people do recover from drug addiction thanks to the efforts of all these different groups and people and the justice system. But I think far more ending up overdosing or ending up homeless and facing all sorts of additional issues, because of their drug addictions. And like, I continue to say, I don't think we're ready as a society to deal with it, I don't think we're that interested in actually ending the drug crisis. Now you look at the models of different cities and countries that have decriminalized drugs outside of Canada. What makes it successful is when they decriminalize the drugs so they can get the addicts help. But then they lay down the law on the drug dealers, they make life extremely uncomfortable for drug dealers and drug smugglers. In fact, in some countries, they go as far as if they can pretty much guarantee you're a drug dealer, they just, they'll just kill you. We're not one of those societies, we don't believe in that type of justice. So we have to find a model that that's going to work in Canada. And I continue to say the model that we're using in Canada right now, it's not working, is not successful. And all we've done is just made a lot of people a lot of money. And a lot of addicts are still addicted. And I don't want people to think that I'm not empathetic. I have personal experiences, not personally, but with family members that are addicted to hardcore drugs, family members that have become addicted to their medication, their painkillers. So I've seen them struggle. And I have found the resources available to them to be very lacking. Overall, I'd watched some videos before from quality doctors who are experts in this field. And they basically say that hardcore drugs give people the feeling that they never got as a child, that hardcore drugs give people the feeling of warmth and love and comfort that was missing throughout so much of their lives, and helps them to deal with trauma that that they've suppressed so deeply. But it's a it's a self perpetuating loop. Because once you use the drug once and you build an immunity, then you need more and more. And then it becomes less and less about getting those warm feelings in that, again, that you got before. And more and more about just staving off the side effects of those drugs, I don't think their current system is built to really provide quality care. And the example I'm going to use is if you let's say you were a drug user, and you go to jail, and you follow everything they asked you to follow, and you take all the programs and you go to AA and you, maybe you're on the methadone program, who knows, and you do everything proper, but nothing on the outside is changed, then you will, in my opinion, have to constantly face an uphill battle for probably the rest of your life, when you get out. Because nothing has changed. The circumstances that led you to becoming addicted have not changed on the outside, you might have changed. But those pressures that you had before are going to continue to come at you fast and furious when you're on the outside. And if you don't have a strong network, you are going to end up back in that cycle again, you will cycle back in and you'll become part of that loop. And you'll continue to participate in that loop until either you have a moment of clarity and you snap out of it and you try to get clean or the eventual demise of the person. And I don't think we're ready for any actual solution based thinking either. I think that we're quite comfortable where we're at as a society with the issues that we have. And you might say, Well, no, that's not true. Well, let me put it to you this way. Every single person that's an adult and probably most teenagers, and maybe even some kids know where their neighborhood drug dealer lives. If you're in a small town, you'll know where the local meth houses the fact that those places can exist and that people are not trying to get tend to move away or get them shut down actively is all the proof, I need to say that we're not really dealing with this crisis. And you might say, well, I brought up with my town council and they threw their hands up in the air, there's nothing they can do about it. Well, you're not really taking action, you're putting the responsibility in someone else's hands. Well, I contacted the RCMP. And they said, they know too, but they don't have enough evidence, and the judge won't give them a warrant. And they have a provincial team that does surveillance, but they're busy with other operations right now, again, the excuses, they just they keep rolling off the tongue, right? If people were really concerned about their local drug dealer, they would take direct action. Now, I'm not saying a lynch mob or anything like that. But 30 people, they all get signs that say, neighborhood drug dealer lives here. And they go in the picket every single day in front of that house, when cars drive by they take down license plate numbers and reported they they're taking video, they're live streaming. And it can't be one person, one or two people can be assaulted, they can be intimidated, bad things can happen to them, it's not going to happen to 30 people, eventually the drug dealer is going to get so tired, that they're going to move on to somewhere else. Why? Because the one thing that drug dealers don't like is heat. They don't like it when their operations are being noticed by others. They continue to sell death in your neighborhoods because of your apathy. And it's okay, I'm not passing judgment on anyone, we're just not ready, we're not ready to take that type of serious, hardcore action necessary to truly read our neighborhoods of death dealing. And for some people, you know, maybe their kid gets hurt, and the neighborhood temporarily gets shaken out of apathy. And people go and protest and raise a stink, and, you know, they, they get rid of that drug house and, you know, wait a few months, another one pops up somewhere else. But by then everyone's back into the routine again, so it doesn't matter. In conclusion, for this episode, I just want to say, as a society, we're just not ready to really have those serious conversations about ending drug use in our communities and getting rid of drug dealers. We're not ready for those serious conversations. The actions of people indicate to me that we are quite happy with the status quo. And frankly, if every single drug addict tomorrow, stopped their addiction to drugs, including alcohol, we would have so many people unemployed, our economy would collapse in on itself. Because we've built this economy around the issue. We built this money making apparatus and machine around the issue. But we're not actually dealing with the issue itself. Because we don't have the intestinal fortitude to do what's necessary to take that direct action to take back our neighborhoods from drug dealers and gang member we contract the problem out to someone else, the government, NGOs, nonprofits, we contract the problem out well, we get what we get when we do that, you know, when you're thinking about the opioid crisis, and you're thinking about overdoses, and you're thinking about all the issues that people are having, I want you to really kind of use your head and think to yourself, Am I Am I really taking action? Am I really doing something? Because as long as we continue this loop, this cycle, lots of people are going to make lots of money, the drug addicts and most vulnerable, they're going to continue to live on the streets. Do you think I'm wrong? Do you think I'm off base? Well, let me know in the comments. I'm always looking to interview subject matter experts in this area. So if you think I'm wrong, I would love for you to come on my show and just tell me how wrong I am. So that we could have a good conversation about this. Until then, though, thanks for tuning in. And I hope everyone has a great weekend and we'll talk to you soon.