A Modest Proposal to Create Many Good Livelihoods

Pharmaceutical corporations have lawyer lobbyists in Augusta andWashington,D.C., plus they   make huge financial contributions to politicians, thus ensuring their addictive synthetic drugs (Oxycontin, et al) keep pouring intoMaineand into our young people’s bodies.

More pills sold=more profits.  Profits are, as we know, all that matter to corporations, so this should not surprise us, but it’s still immoral.

Their products – Oxycontin, Dilaudid, Methadone, etc. – fit into our brain’s cell receptors such that they almost immediately create a dependency, and the body demands more and more of them.  These synthetic substances cause “good” feelings to ensue, at least for a while, and then the body demands more and more, never-ending.

Once addicted, it appears to be quite difficult to get off and stay off these unnatural chemical opiates.

People get put in jail for possessing these drugs, get clean, get out, and usually within a few days to two weeks are back on the drugs again, stealing from family and friends to pay for their next fix.  It’s quite awful.

If each pill were numbered in the pharmaceutical factory, at least then the trail could be followed backwards to the person to whom it was prescribed, the druggist who filled the prescription, and the doctor who prescribed it.  That might deter some doctors from over-prescribing, and some users from “sharing” or selling their prescription drugs.

A Modest Proposal

All right, we need lots of jobs inMaine, yes?  So here’s an idea; it’s only partly tongue-in-cheek.

These synthetic opiates are no more helpful in pain relief than morphine, which is derived from the heroin poppy, says this scientific page on Wikipedia:

“In 2001 the European Association for Palliative Care recommended that oral oxycodone [Oxycontin, et al} be a second-line alternative to oral morphine for cancer pain.[9] There is no evidence that any opioids are superior to morphine in relieving the pain of cancer, and no controlled trials have shown oxycodone to be superior to morphine.[10]

Thus, we don’t really need the synthetic drugs at all; drug stores and hospitals could simply stop buying them.  Instead we could use morphine, which is derived from the heroin poppy.   Yes, it’s addictive, but virtually all the natural drugs such as heroin and cocaine are easier to wean oneself from than the synthetic chemicals made specifically to fit human brain receptors, even though the synthetics are no more effective than morphine in allaying pain.

So, to create good, steady jobs, we could put the inmates who are in jails and prisons—even those in for illicit drug use—to work growing heroin poppies from which to create morphine for the local/national/international market, which is huge.

With proper oversight and supervision, this could be a way to lower our taxes and provide money for schools, roads, health care, and other real people’s needs, rather than giving more of our tax money to subsidize already-wealthy, vampire-squid corporations.

Heroin poppies grow well inMaine; some people have been growing them for decades. Much of the world’s supply now comes fromAfghanistan, which is growing more heroin poppies now than before we invaded, but much of their crop is going to China and Russia where demand has increased.  There is now a shortage of heroin/morphine in the world.

Research also tells us that theCIAfinances their really dark work with illegal drug trades, which may be another reason there’s a world-wide shortage of heroin/morphine.  InAfghanistan, too, American troops are being ordered to cut down local farmers’ poppies, which poppy farmers need to sell to feed their families.

Question:  why shouldn’tMainebe one of the places in the world growing and supplying morphine to hospitals, the military, and doctors’ offices with this necessary and effective medication?

Inmates and others could grow the poppies in guarded fields, extract it however that’s done, create morphine (more jobs in these laboratories), distribute it to customers (under guard, of course), thus providing a natural, relatively cheap pain medicine for Maine and other people.

There are really tiny amounts of heroin in regular poppy seeds; if you get a drug test after having eaten a poppy seed bun, you will test positive for heroin!

You can grow in your garden many kinds of poppies and use their seeds for cooking, but it is not legal to grow heroin poppies – just in case you get ideas.

So, there we are.  Several birds downed with one stone.

Legalize heroin poppies and derivatives heroin and morphine for medical use only, get inmates and others out of work – plenty of work for all – to grow food crops for themselves and others, as well as heroin poppies (closely-guarded, of course), create many jobs deriving morphine from the poppies, more jobs distributing morphine to hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, and a big customer will be the American military around the world, and everybody wins.

There. An economic development opportunity if ever I saw one.