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Note from the Producers of Mobilized:

For too many years, the control of information has been controlled by a handful of mega corporations whose  primary goal is profits. In many cases, their mantra’s have paved forward a sick society of people enslaved to financial debt while paralyzing the ability of the public to realize their collective full potential.

A well-informed public is the most powerful natural resource of them all.

Mobilized.news has created a global collaboratory which we call “The Creatrix.”  Our various productions are created through global collaboration on an epic scale.

It is time to get out of the Matrix of Control and into the Creatrix for Life.

The Project Vision: Overcoming the misunderstandings of the ongoing healthy crises, especially in the areas of substance abuse through a careful thread of real world solutions that can be aligned and implemented by understanding the root causes of the existing problems.

Description of the Crisis

  • Approximately 11.% of adults in the U.S (about 27.5 million people), have had a substance use problem in their lifetime and that 74.8% – 8.3% of the total US adult population – or 20.5 million adults are in recovery or have recovered from this problem. 
  • The overwhelming consensus among medical experts is that substance use disorder is a chronic medical condition that requires lifelong treatment.
  • Our barbaric justice system in the U.S. continues to aggravate this crisis with the failed “War on Drugs” that incarcerates SUD patients, rather than provide them with the much-needed care they need.
  • In most circumstances, the only treatment that is available to SUD patients is acute detox, which lasts only a matter of weeks and provides virtually no long term after care to facilitate long-term sobriety.
  • The underlying concept of incarcerating a person for a crime against oneself is inconsistent with the purpose of criminal law, which is to protect citizens from crimes against other citizens. There is no more ethical justification for imprisoning drug users than incarcerating diabetics that consume sugary foods or drinks or incarcerating smokers or alcoholics, or people that engage in self-harm or attempt suicide.  The reasoning behind why we don’t incarcerate this is obvious-it would be barbaric and inhumane and would do little to nothing to reduce the self-destructive behavior in question. Drug use is no exception.
  • Drug laws are disproportionately enforced against low-income and minority communities. These communities often lack the political capitol that affluent, predominantly Caucasian communities possess, and as a result are more frequently the victims of these inhumane laws.
  •  Given the undeniability of this opioid crisis, the response by law enforcement as well the government has been to “blame the victim” by treating those suffering from chronic pain like junkies and make them jump through many hoops in order to receive opioid medication they legitimately need (as there is no other effective way to manage chronic pain other than opioids).
  • It is important to note the difference between biological/chemical addiction versus purely psychological addiction (such as gambling addiction, sex addiction, etc.).  The biochemical addiction associated with opioid use literally shuts down the brain’s ability to produce its own dopamine and serotonin because the body is receiving it artificially.  This is similar to testicular atrophy that comes from chronic steroid use. When testosterone is being administered artificially, the body stops making it naturally.  This information was hidden for years.
  • The nature of opioid addiction is such that incarceration has a horrible track record as it aggravates existing mental health problems at a time when the SUD sufferer is at his/her most vulnerable state during withdrawal.  The risk of relapse or even continued drug use while in prison remains a major risk.

Responsible Parties

  • The pharmaceutical industry. For years, the pharmaceutical giants, including the Sackler family, were aware of the extremely addictive nature of Oxycontin and hid this data from the public, resulting in massive death and devastation.  The pharmaceutical industry has also consistently fought and lobbied against legalization of cannabis, which has shown to be effective for some patients at reducing dependency on opioids and benzodiazepines. The propaganda against Cannabis goes back to “Reefer Madness,” which was replaced by the “Gateway drug” propaganda device after people charged with crimes were arguing temporary insanity due to marijuana use. The enforcement of marijuana laws is also disproportionately enforced against marginalized communities and contributes to the school to prison pipeline.
  • Prison-industrial complex-there is a booming industry that makes billions of dollars by locking people up, which is a direct conflict of interest with public health.  In fact, in many rural communities, prison operations is considered a major job creators.  However, there aren’t enough dangerous criminals to make billions of dollars, so beds have to be filled with addicts and alcoholics instead.  This is a form of corporate welfare that not only wastes taxpayer money, it also aggravates human suffering exponentially.

Solution

The availability of long-term recovery residences (also known as sober homes) that are regulated by the federal government is more effective and humane and has a far better track record of achieving long term sobriety compared to incarceration.

 By expanding access to funding for long termcare, it costs 1/10 the amount of incarceration and has a success rate than is 10 times better (approximately). That is a dollar spent on long-term treatment is as effective as $100 spent on incarceration.

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