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You keep using that word…

The ONDCP is wants you to Celebrate National Substance Abuse Month. Celebrate?

But “celebrate” isn’t the word that they keep abusing. It is, in fact, “abuse.” Check out their definition.

Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse, which includes underage drinking, alcohol dependency, non-medical use of prescription drugs, abuse of over-the-counter medications, and illicit drug use. … This abuse touches all aspects of our communities and contributes to an estimated $193 billion in crime, health, and lost productivity costs.

I don’t think it means what they think it means.

It’s kind of like saying that all sex outside of marriage is sexual abuse since it hasn’t been authorized by some bureaucrat.

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35 comments to You keep using that word…

  • Chris

    We all know why acetaminophen is in cough medicine. These people can’t stand to have anyone ab’use it alone.

  • claygooding

    Anti-DEA rants on Facebook spark criminal prosecution

    http://tinyurl.com/8h8woza

    Federal judge OKs prosecution of man accused of posting anti-police rants on Facebook, saying that dismissing criminal charges on free speech grounds would be “inappropriate.”

    Michael is accused of writing a series of posts in August 2011 (and creating a “statewide” Facebook event scheduled for November 2011) containing vague but angry and violent statements regarding DEA agents. One alleged post: “War is near..anarchy and justice will be sought…I’ll kill whoever I deem to be in the way of harmony to the human race…BE WARNED IF U PULL ME OVER!!”

    Land of the free!!!!!!

  • Freeman

    It’s kind of like saying that all sex outside of marriage is sexual abuse since it hasn’t been authorized by some bureaucrat.

    According to legend, this used to be the case: “Fornication Under Consent of the King”.

    Except the way I heard it even married couples had to seek consent, and unmarried coupling was probably out of the question.

  • Francis

    The drug warriors abuse language. They abuse science. They abuse their authority. They abuse our trust. They abuse Constitutional rights. They abuse fundamental human rights. They abuse dogs. They abuse logic. They abuse truth. And, most of all, they abuse their fellow man.

    • darkcycle

      Don’t forget the self-abuse…

      • Duncan20903

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        I’ve heard about those people who abuse their own naughty parts! What kind of society would we have if that were legal?!? There would be people doing that when they’re driving! Their cars would be bouncing up and down like those hydraulic hot rods that are driven by our Country’s unregistered guests! I don’t want to see people playing with their particulars in public places either! Then we’d have to let people marry their hands for crying out loud! Ooooh, I’m so excited! I asked for my hand in marriage today and it said yes! It makes people go blind! I’ve known lots of blind people and every one of them abused their own naughty parts before they went blind! ’nuff said!

  • Peter

    notice what they did there: illicit drug “use” to them is automatically “abuse”

    • Francis

      Yep. But only alcohol “dependency” is abuse. If you ask the drug warriors to explain this discrepancy they’ll say one of two things. The dumber ones will claim that alcohol is somehow different because while “you can drink for the ‘taste’ / without getting ‘drunk,’ everyone who uses ‘drugs’ does so to get ‘high.'” Or they’ll claim that if a person is using a “street drug” despite the fact that it’s illegal, this must prove that they’re an “addict.” Who else would risk criminal sanctions to “get high” (which, per the above, is the only use the drug warriors will acknowledge)? And who else would use a drug that comes from “the street”? Doesn’t that sound dirty? Doesn’t the name “street drug” just scream unreliable potency, purity, and safety? And of course, the drug warriors will use terms like “street drug” in a manner that suggests this is some immutable characteristic of the drugs themselves, rather than the natural consequences of their violence and stupidity. In short, they’ll do what they usually do: they’ll lie.

  • Peter

    the second paragraph is the key to what they re really talking about. it starts with a list of non-cageable types of substance abuse like alcohol dependency before getting round to what they really want to discuss, illicit drug use. from then on thats ALL they talk about. obama the ex choom club member should be embarrassed to have his name linked to this cageist charter

  • claygooding

    I wonder what “productivity costs” were factored in when the bankers stole all those funds in 2008 and 2009?

  • Curmudgeon

    Celebrate National Substance Abuse Month; use an illegal substance every day this month.

  • Scott

    Anyone want to “celebrate” National Power Abuse Month?

  • Servetus

    Abuse is the improper usage or treatment for a bad purpose, often to unfairly or improperly gain benefit. Abuse can come in many forms, such as: physical or verbal maltreatment, injury, sexual assault, violation, rape, unjust practices; wrongful practice or custom; offense; crime, or otherwise verbal aggression.

    Wrongful practice or custom appears to be the definition prohibitionists employ. The word ‘abuse’ in prohibition-speak presumes a national consensus on its meaning in relation to drugs—according to custom—yet its application to marijuana consumption doesn’t even make it past the 50th-percentile of public opinion anymore.

    An effective and safe use of a substance for medical purposes cannot rationally be considered a wrongful practice. Refusing medical treatment for oneself or another is a wrongful practice, especially if the decision is based on some quack superstition.

    And recreational use of marijuana cannot be considered a wrongful practice when something as potentially harmful as alcohol is made easily and legally available for that purpose, along with mood altering substances such as tobacco. Chemically potentiated recreation and creativity will remain a necessary feature of cultures forevermore. It is a wrongful practice and therefore a public abuse to make the custom less efficient or safe through the rejection of safer alternative substances such as marijuana.

    As Scott noted, drug abuse is little more than abuse from an illegitimate, external authoritarian.

    • Francis

      We really need to do a better job of informing potential jurors about their right to nullify unjust laws — despite whatever instructions to the contrary they may receive from the judge or the prosecutor. If we assume that the roughly 50% of Americans who support re-legalization of cannabis are equally likely to end up on the jury in a marijuana trial, the odds that you’ll get a 12-person jury that doesn’t include at least one member who supports reform is about 1 in 4,000 (0.5 raised to the twelfth power). This nonsense — scratch that, this evil needs to stop. And we already have the power to stop it. People just need to know about it!

  • hey… Brad Pitt just joined the choir… using Jarecki’s film (the House I Live In)to speak out, Pitt’s executive director as well.

  • gads, there’s a lot going on. Here’s another fyi:

    Psychiatric Drugs and War: A Suicide Mission

    According to recent data released by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in the first 155 days of this year, 154 soldiers committed suicide—about one per day – compared to the 139 soldiers who died in combat in the same period. This is an incredible 18 percent increase from the previous year and an unbelievable 25 percent increase from the year before.

    • claygooding

      As much money as drugs make the cartels and criminals all over the world,,they should be busting banks as they are users and it’s strange to me that the recent postings in news articles,,by many people pointing out the lack of banks being charged for laundering all that money,,it seems to be drawing a re-action..

    • Servetus

      I posted this to the Billings website (easy signup):

      Each item is assigned a point value and if the total exceeds a certain threshold, SWAT is requested. Then a commander approves or rejects the request.

      So they need a check list? A check list presumes a person isn’t expected to do their own thinking. What if something doesn’t show up on the check list? Like flash grenade v. kid.

      If there’s no reason to think, why SWAT and not a pensionless robocop?

    • Hope

      And still they carry on with their hideous “War”.

  • claygooding

    Only 2 days until we start the hearing that will either end prohibition or verify that the only way hemp will be legal is one state at a time and that we have a lot more work to do,,because it proves that the corporations own not only the congress,but our judicial system also.

  • claygooding

    No lighting up!

    http://tinyurl.com/8dr9mv7

    Jamaica’s prison boss, Lieutenant Colonel Sean Prendergast, has admitted that the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) is struggling to stem the flow of ganja into the prisons.

    He told our news team that against the backdrop of the country’s current ganja laws, he would not even countenance the thought of supporting the use of ganja to manage the prison population.

    “At this point in time, the use of marijuana is illegal, so whether some of my staff thinks that it makes the population easier to control … there is no need for a review because it is still illegal,” said Prendergast.

    Next reason for legalization,,,keeps violent criminals less aggressive,,,,hmmmmm
    Perhaps the SWAT teams should lite-up before the next home invasion.

  • shades of Charity and Veronica Bowers:
    In Honduras, deaths make U.S. rethink drug war

    Two episodes in which planes suspected of carrying drug smugglers were shot down by Honduran air force pilots using U.S. radar intelligence — clear violations of international law and established protocols — have ignited outrage in the United States, bringing one of its most ambitious international offensives against drug traffickers to a sudden halt just months after it started.

    All joint operations in Honduras are now suspended. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, expressing the concerns of several Democrats in Congress, is holding up tens of millions of dollars in security assistance, not just because of the planes, which were never found after being shot down, but also over suspected human rights abuses by the Honduran police and three shootings in which commandos with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration effectively led raids when they were only supposed to act as advisers.

    A further search on GoogleNews shows only this article. So our drug policies have the Honduran military shooting planes down (and no mention of who, whom, how many, dead or wounded, just that the planes were never found, how convenient) and a not-so-low profile Sen Leahy getting involved… and the DEA has “commandos”?

  • TieHash

    RE: lost productivity. Wouldn’t drugs like cocaine and amphetamines improve productivity? I know even alcohol can help with certain problem solving, surely cannabis or the psychedelics could provide an even greater boost to creativity.

  • Notsure

    Another good comment I read somewhere:

    Stop assuming my potential productivity belongs to you!!