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Why Does the Drug Czar's Office Oppose Efforts to Prevent Drug Overdoses?

This has already been addressed at DrugWarRant and The Agitator, but I'd just like to echo the observation that Dr. Bertha Madras is a cruel witch whose idea of drug prevention is willfully letting drug addicts die before our eyes.

In her capacity as Deputy Director of Demand Reduction at the Drug Czar's office, Madras is speaking out against medicines that effectively treat drug overdoses. If that sounds crazy to you, well, what can I say? These people are deranged:

...Dr. Bertha Madras, deputy director of the White House Office on National Drug Control Policy, opposes the use of Narcan in overdose-rescue programs.

"First of all, I don’t agree with giving an opioid antidote to non-medical professionals. That’s No. 1," she says. "I just don’t think that’s good public health policy."

Madras says drug users aren’t likely to be competent to deal with an overdose emergency. More importantly, she says, Narcan kits may actually encourage drug abusers to keep using heroin because they know overdosing isn’t as likely.

Madras says the rescue programs might take away the drug user’s motivation to get into detoxification and drug treatment.

"Sometimes having an overdose, being in an emergency room, having that contact with a health care professional is enough to make a person snap into the reality of the situation and snap into having someone give them services," Madras says. [NPR]

Um, maybe…if you don’t die. I seriously can’t believe my eyes. This is just as cold as it gets, even by ONDCP standards. Does she know or care that lives will be lost if her vision of good public health policy prevails? How many people should we allow to die in order to spread the message that heroin is dangerous?

This is one of those moments that reveal in stark terms the complete logical bankruptcy of the drug warrior mindset. By rejecting any interest in saving lives, Madras leaves one wondering what the hell she even wants. Seriously, what are we paying these people to do if not save lives?

This is not some crackpot narc spouting off silly soundbites in a local paper. This is a spokeswoman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. These people are supposedly the smartest, most competent drug experts, charged with drafting public health policies to protect us all, and their idea of the week is to cheer from the sidelines as people die from drugs so that the rest of us will learn to behave ourselves.

ONDCP's hateful, literally fatal contempt for the people they should be helping is just so creepy and awful that one struggles to understand the continued need to expose their behavior for what it is. Really, what could I say about this organization that is not made perfectly evident by the philosophy which its own spokespeople espouse openly in our newspapers?

If I didn't know better, I'd predict that ONDCP's open opposition to preventing drug overdoses would immediately cost them what remains of their shrinking legitimacy.

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So-called "drug experts"

"This is not some crackpot narc spouting off silly soundbites in a local paper. This is a spokeswoman for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. These people are supposedly the smartest, most competent drug experts, charged with drafting public health policies to protect us all, and their idea of the week is to cheer from the sidelines as people die from drugs so that the rest of us will learn to behave ourselves."

For the past twenty years selecting the smartest, most competent drug experts has not been a top priority in filling ONDCP's most important positions.

Drug czars over the past twenty years:

2001 - Present: John P. Walters
University: BA, Michigan State University
University: MA, University of Toronto
Teacher: Political Science, Boston College
Professor: Political Science, Michigan State University

1996 - 2001: Barry McCaffrey
Retired Army General - served in Gulf War I (no medical or public health background)

1993 - 1995: Lee P. Brown
Law enforcement officer for four decades

1991 - 1993: Bob Martinez
Master's in labor and industrial relations, University of Illinois.

1989 - 1991: William Bennett
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin in Political Philosophy.
J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Tyranny of Good Intentions

I could never understood the absolute cruel depravity of drug warriors, I always thought these people where simply whoring themselves out intellectually. This CS Lewis quote provides some insight.

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." -
-- C.S. Lewis

Tyranny disguised as good intentions

"Villainy wears many masks, none so dangerous as the mask of virtue."

Maintaining Power in a Totalitarian State

In a society where the wages of sin still appear to entail death, Bertha Madras is every fascist’s wet dream.  Right wing babbling nonsense erupts from the cavernous pie hole of Bertha Madras just like Old Faithful.  She serves her keepers well.

Madras is doing her job.  However, her actual job is to create the perception of a society besieged by an enemy from within, and from without, an enemy whose grotesquely exaggerated image elicits a  group fear that helps produce a mini-totalitarian-state within a larger, more benign appearing sovereignty; a mini-state that benefits only a few at the top of a corporate and legal food chain.  Where there is no enemy, there is no fear, and no dominance scam.

No opioid antidotes to non-medical professionals?  “I just don’t think that’s good public health policy,” Dr. Madras says.  But it’s good public policy to sell snake bite kits to people, isn’t it?  Or how about the emergency syringes people carry to inject themselves in case they have an allergic shock from accidentally eating peanut butter?  Diabetes, anyone?

Narcan kits encourage OD’ing, according to Madras?  Maybe snake bite kits encourage people to get bitten by rattlesnakes.  There are a lot of “maybe’s” in Madras’ statements.

Maybe Bertha Madras really does know better than she admits with the garbage she spews and is just playing the never-ending drug war game, the game where those who arbitrarily define obedience and virtue in a society ultimately decide who attains power, who reaps the rewards, and who does not .

Giordano

He shoots and he

He shoots and he scores!

Giordano 1 Madras -2

Drugs are bad dont cha know

yal are fools, drugs lead to evil and it should be ILLEGAL. sorry i know I pissed yal off but i dont really give a damn lmao. Drugs are bad

bad

So are alcohol and cigarettes. But, an adult has the right to choose those! Thank you for your learned opinion though! People are evil!

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