Addiction by prescription: Drug abuse often starts with a prescribed pill

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, November 17, 2012


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3 Responses to “Addiction by prescription: Drug abuse often starts with a prescribed pill”

  1. Rusty White says:


    What is missing is the fact many people have moved to legal and illegal drugs to avoid being caught. There again our policies and enforcement tactic are forcing people away from a plant that has “never” killed anyone from an overdose to things that are addictive and killers, how is this a good thing?

    Pot is not easy to hide and the smell is easily recognized as are the red eyes, and can be detected in ones system up to 90 days depending on your body weight and usage. This is the reason people young and old have moved to hard drugs that are out of your system in 72 hours, and sadly they are becoming addicted and dying! This is another sad effect of our failure known as the war on drugs. No matter how well meaning or self justified the reality is our policies and enforcement tactics are doing more harm than good.

    While Mr. Stanton and I have had a long running disagreement over his and “others” willingness to violate our citizens and our Constitution and “Bill of Rights”, over his championing of the disgusting policy of forcibly taking blood. Back in the late 70’s as an officer I was involved in an incident where we had “real” probable cause to forcibly take blood from a convicted killer doing life in our prison. Three years after I had left the department the state had to fly me back to go to Federal Court for violating this inmates Civil Rights, that was over 30+ years ago!!! Yet today we have those in office in Wise County and the state of Texas that believe they can alter the protections provided for “hundreds of years” by our Constitution and Bill of Rights as they see fit, and this is being forced on “supposed” free people not convicted killers, I personal find that utterly disgusting!

    What Mr. Stanton does not say, is if you forcibly take blood and the presents of pot is found there is no way to tell what level of influence a person is impaired or if they are impaired at “all”! The pot showing up can be from usage “weeks” ago. There again same with prescription drugs everybody’s tolerances are different so “truthfully” knowing if a citizens is impaired is “NOT” known! This is a prime example of how our Freedoms and Liberties our being manipulated away under the guise of “for our own safety”! Sadly in our schools our young are being taught to accept their Freedoms and Liberties being violated, there again under the guise of for their own safety. The truth is many young and old a like are becoming addicted and losing their lives, so “if” this failure known as the war on drugs is working, why is this happening and getting worse???

    I invite all to and so you can see the truth and reality of our failed policies and the harm being self justified by those making a living off the misery of others!

    There Has To Be A Better Way, help us find it!

    Rusty White

  2. Eva Czerniak says:

    Mr. White,

    If there were a law in place that made it mandatory to draw blood on all drivers involved in accidents involving serious bodily injury or death then there would be more people in jail. Had blood been drawn the night my daughter and her friend were killed the person that caused that accident would be in jail right now for intoxication manslaughter because of prescription drug addiction. He now has had 3 more DWI’s while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and hit and run, failure to stop and render aide. He plowed in to a woman going 95 an hour and ran. Had the law been in place he would not be on the road now. But he is waiting trial. Which I hope he gets put away for a long time. But sad to say it will probably only be plea bargained down and they will put him right back one the road to endanger other innocent people! The day you take that drivers license test and get your license say’s you know what the laws are. That should be voluntary consent! I’m sorry but that does not violate your rights. If you have nothing to hide then you would not mind bleeding a little. My daughters blood was taken without consent. The driver that hit her his blood was drawn because he had a CDL which is mandatory. So what is the difference. I hope you don’t lose one of yours one day and get no justice like our girls. Driving is a privilege not a right and it comes with responsibilities!

    Eva Czerniak

  3. Rusty White says:


    While I truly feel for your lose, I myself have lost family and friends to the ignorance and irresponsibility’s of others! But that in “no way” justifies ruining the lives of “millions” for the ignorance of a few and this minorities self justified fear mongering witch hunt, does it? The person you spoke of that harmed your family should be under the jail, not in it!

    “” That should be voluntary consent!”” Our ancestors did not die for us to become sheeppople who willfully accept being abuse by the self proclaimed witch hunt of a minority!

    “”I’m sorry but that does not violate your rights.”” You would be wrong in your belief, not matter how well meaning or self justified you try and claim. IMHO

    “”If you have nothing to hide then you would not mind bleeding a little.”” You still don’t get it, it is not the fact of giving blood that is the problem. It is the fact our public servants and a “minority” have manipulated the rights of all of us to suit their self serving agendas. The Bill of Rights is very clear, “ nor shall be compelled in “”ANY”” criminal case to be a witness against himself”, PERIOD!!! It does say unless some self proclaimed supposed public servant has a self serving agenda that he and a “minority” has manipulated in to being!

    Do you remember when the seat belt laws came in to being? They “all” swore it would never be used for a reason to stop anyone! Then they manipulated it in to being, well if your stopped for another reason then you can be ticketed! Now it is the sole reason to “”create”” probable cause for stopping us, and in many places a 300 Dollar fine! As well as used to demand a search of you and your vehicle! Anytime “no matter” how well meaning we give up a Freedom it is always manipulated in to away to abuse us in other ways!

    Those before us did not sacrifice their lives for us to “roll over” and give away our Freedoms and Liberties no matter how well meaning or how “some” self justify it! These Freedoms and Liberties have been protected “in whole” not in parts for over two hundred years! Each generation is “INTRUSTED” with preserving them “ALL” not jst parts of them to be past “in whole” on to those coming behind us, and we have failed miserably! If we don’t take a stand now those coming behind us will have NO Freedoms or Liberties one day! I’ll be dam*ed if I will shame those that came before us by “rolling over”, no matter how anyone or any self serving organization attempts to self justify it, PERIOD!!!

    It isn’t about you or I and our loses, at the hands of a “minority” of ignorance of a few! It is about honoring the sacrifices of those before us while accepting the duty to preserve and pass on what they died to give us, intact “NOT” just some of it! This nation and it’s people and laws were not founded by those faint of heart or those ruled by fear, sadly the same can not be said for our generation! IMHO


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