International Day Against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking

Dear World,

Just in case you don’t know we have World Drug Day – International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. It is every year on 26th June and was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1987 and serves as a reminder of the goals agreed to by Member States of creating an international society free of drug abuse.

Health is the ongoing theme of this World Drug Campaign.

So what does this mean to you and me – the average on the street?
What is a world awareness day like this going to do?
Is campaigning for anything working?
Is fighting for change making any difference?
Does one day change anything really?
Do we think it has any affect on us?
Do we care about what goes on in our world?
Are we only interested if it disturbs our private life?
Are we really bothered about people who use drugs?
Do we know the facts about what is going on?

Have we heard of the UNODC?

Well the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is a big website with lots of information and their job is to raise awareness about the global drug problem.

It also raises awareness about human trafficking and fraudulent medicine.

So what is going on in our world today?
Are we truly up to date?
Why is drug abuse increasing?
Why are illicit drugs now a major challenge?
Why are illegal drugs on the rise especially with our youth?
Why are young people more susceptible to drugs?
Why are UNODC saying drug use is twice as high with young people?
How accurate are the figures we get to see?
What about all those who never declare they do drugs?
What about the so called black market – the undercover world of drugs?

Are we the general public who make up society saying anything?
How can ANY drug be legal?
What are legal highs?
Are we aware how dangerous drugs are?

Do we know how many prisoners have committed a crime because of drugs?
Do we want to know the effect that drugs have on our human body?
Do we know about the long term effects?
Do we want to hear how much money is spent trying to deal with our drug related crimes?
Does a prison sentence stop those dealing with drugs?
Have we checked how the police are coping with drug related crimes?
Have we bothered to find out how our health systems are coping with drug abuse?

Do we know the simple fact that ALL drugs alter our natural state of being?

Did You Know?

The ‘War on Drugs’ was declared by President Nixon in 1971.
The ‘War on Drugs’ focused on prohibiting drug use, possession, production and trafficking.
The Lancet state that the ‘War on Drugs’, have fostered lethal drug overdoses, high incarceration rates, and the spread of HIV, Hepatitis C, and Tuberculosis among drug users and prison populations.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons say 46 percent of all federal prisoners are behind bars for drug offences.
Globally, about 21 percent of all prisoners were incarcerated for drug-related crimes in 2014.

World leaders now agree that the ‘War on Drugs’ has failed.

183,000 drug related deaths were reported (2012).
162 – 324 million people have used an illicit drug (2012).
16 – 39 million people are deemed to have a ‘problem’ with drugs.

Current World Heroin consumption is 340 tons.
Cocaine – 671 tons were seized globally (2012).
Amphetamine type stimulants – 144 tons were seized globally (2012).
Cannabis – 5,350 tons were seized globally (2012).

The value of cocaine in West Africa that passes through each year actually exceeds the value of annual foreign direct investment flows into the region.

Legal highs are psychoactive drugs that contain various chemical ingredients.
As of 26th May 2016 Legal highs are now illegal in the UK.
Legal highs were sold in head shops.
Possession of a psychoactive substance is only an offence inside prison.
Supply, production, possession with intent to supply and importation or exportation of a psychoactive substance now brings a prison sentence of up to 7 years (UK).
The UK has the highest number of legal high users among young people in Europe.

Can we agree it is 2016 so these figures are probably a lot higher now?

If world leaders are saying that the war on drugs has failed – could it be because war is not the answer?

Could it be possible our approach needs to change?

Did you know almost every country in the world is affected by drug abuse and illicit trafficking?

Hello – are you getting this world, this is huge and it sure is not going away.

How did we as the advanced intelligent species on this earth get to this state?

What about those who think it is OK to produce and supply drugs?

What about Trafficking in Fraudulent Medicine?

Big business now with the Internet and gaps in legal and regulatory frameworks.

UNODC say “the prospect of the comparatively low risk of detection and prosecution in relation to the potential income make the production and trafficking of fraudulent medicines an attractive commodity to criminal groups who conduct their activities with little regard to the physical and financial detriment, if not the exploitation of others.”

So this business is a licence to money at low risk.

  • Have we lost our moral compass?
  • Do we think it is ok to make money above human life?
  • What if this was one of our own family members?
  • Do we think it is a problem that will go away one day?

So all the above confirms we do not know the root cause of why we have a global drug problem that is escalating out of control.

Why have we stopped asking questions?

Illicit trafficking is not just drugs but also about people?

Have you heard of Human Trafficking?
You can call it Modern Day Slavery because that is exactly what it is.

What is Human Trafficking? See World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on 30th July 2016 and our blog World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Could there be a simple answer?

A wise man of our current times says –

“Our worldwide drug problem begins at home and at school.
We are not CONNECTING to and with our young. Therefore, and at some point, the void seeks to be filled as the vacancy can no longer be sustained.
Certain laws, counselling and rehabilitation are great solutions but the answer will be found in CONNECTION, and with that comes good-old true love.” ~ Serge Benhayon c.2002

What is Serge Benhayon saying here?

Could it be that simple?

Could it be possible that this applies to all of us?

Could it be possible that Connection is what is missing?

Could it be possible that Connection is meeting our children for who they truly are?

Could it be possible that supporting our children to connect to who they are is now needed?

Could it be possible that our focus has been on what they can do and this is the problem?

Could it be possible if our children found Connection at home and school in their early days, that would be enough?

Is Serge Benhayon saying that ‘good-old true love’ which does not have an ounce of emotional love is what is going to bring about real change?

Could this be the reason why we find a way to fill up the void?

Could our way, our drug so to speak be Gambling? Shopping? Alcohol? Food? Porn? or other Distractions?

Simple Living Global is dedicated to humanity by bringing more awareness and keeping up to date with what is really going on in our world.

This is a start of a series of blogs about the harmfull effects of drugs, not only to our body but also to our family, community, country and the world.


(2016). Listen First

(2016). A Brief History of the Drug War

Krans, B. (2016, April 8). ‘War on Drugs’ Campaign is a Failure, U.N Report Concludes

(2016, April 22). The Global War on Drugs is a Failure

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. New York, 2014

(2016). Drug Trafficking

West African Commission on Drugs. Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State, and Society in West Africa. Dakar: West African Commission on Drugs, 2014, p.21

Home Office and Bradley, K. (2016, May 26). Trade in so-called ‘legal highs’ now illegal

(2016, May 26). What Exactly Are Legal Highs?

(2016). Trafficking in Fraudulent Medicine





Comments 105

  1. The desperation that aches inside a person bereft of true love – not the emotional kind of love – but the type written and felt in this blog post – hurts and hurts. Quite simply to avoid all of the pain and not feel it this hurt has to be dampened down, eradicated – simply stopped. I know this as I chose to use drugs under the guise of ‘good and fun times’ with others of the same ilk in order to avoid what we were feeling. We were not in control of who we were – we were altered beings that had managed to, for a short time, dull the pain of life and continued to experiment and abuse all manner of substances to not FEEL. For me I realised one day that life was not supposed to be this way – not for me and with the true and deep support of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine – discovered that the majority of the whole world out there is walking with similar hurts and pain. Bringing clear and simple language to what is truly going on is Simple Living Global’s forte, this website will support many to see that there is a different way.

    1. How many like you Lee Green ‘chose to use drugs’ for fun times and as you say it was, to avoid what you were feeling. So here you are, a real life story talking about how drugs dull the pain of life and altered your natural state.
      So many in our world are suffering and billions spent on our drug problems globally is not really making any changes.
      We at Simple Living Global feel the figures quoted are not accurate as so much around this subject is hidden and not ready available for the statisticians.
      This blog, the first in a series about drugs is to bring more awareness and trust that those reading will start to ask questions. As you say Lee there is a different way and our very first blog on this site was called “Is there Another way?”

    2. Lee, you’ve really hit the nail on the head: looking for ‘good and fun times’. Me too. What’s jumping out at me reading this blog is how WE have contributed to the global ills tied up with drugs. It’s a bit like the law of complicity: if you were with the murderer and did nothing to stop them then you are complicit in the crime. Same for us: those who dabble for ‘good and fun times’ are equally complicit in the human toll on all its levels – from the production to the smuggling to the overdoses. We KNOW the impact of drugs on the world (from the class As to the class Bs and beyond, however ‘harmless’ they seem) and we said yes to that. This is not to say we should punish ourselves, but to take responsibility for our part making up the whole and to take that into how we choose to live now, going forward.

  2. Yes, another thing in our world that has been around so long we just take as normal. If the ‘war on drugs’ is not working, do something else. Many people understand that the solution, is changing our society so drug use [legal and illegal] is not required to cope. Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine has suggested a way that worked for me.

    1. The thing is Ken Elmer they are ‘doing something else’ now as the war on drugs is not working but what is very clear is nothing seems to be working as our drug problem is globally out of control.
      What this blog is presenting is another way and it really is super simple and what you are confirming is that it does work and you are living proof. So here we have you, applying the simplicity of the teachings of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine and you no longer are a drug user. A powerfull claim that is the Truth and a confirmation that there is another way.

    2. Yes Ken things as they are really are not working.

      On 14th July, Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 had a phone in on Chemsex.

      Chemsex is where people use drugs as part of sexual activity. The drugs are usually GHB/GBL, Mephadrone and Crystal Meth.

      The UK Government are working on a strategy to deal with New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), Chemsex drugs and the misuse of prescription medication.

      This was announced on 14th July, hence the radio phone-in.

      Listeners heard real life stories of people as young as 16 using Chemsex.

      Without reading this blog by Simple Living Global, I would have been very emotional listening to this program.

      HOWEVER I was able to listen with understanding pondering, whilst listening, on the possibility that it is because our young are not being connected to at home and at school that is the cause of our worldwide drug problem.

      What if this were true and we took this onboard and interacted with our young through placing connection first? Meeting them for who they truly are – not for anything that they do?

      Could this change the direction of the current statistics and reduce the numbers of drug users and drug-related deaths?

      What if the power to change this is really in all of our hands?

  3. I used to use drugs, drink alcohol and indulge in food and other activities because I was so uncomfortable being in my skin and it was considered ‘normal’. I suffered with mental illness and a constant anxiety as I knew I was not ‘truly living MY life’… Since finding and embracing the true support and honest, Living examples (true role models in Universal Medicine) of what it is like to live Lovingly I have lost all my desires to check out, I don’t even want sugar or dairy anymore (2 things I was seriously dependent on) and I am no longer considered normal!…

    Hey world, how are you feeling?…you are uncomfortable with my choices but I have never been so good to myself, I never made all the loving choices I’m making today, I never felt able to be myself as I do now without any need to escape myself or my situations so is it possible that our norm has gone way off and away from what true love and real connection are?

  4. What you say here Jo about how our world considers drugs, alcohol and indulging in food as ‘normal’ is what is creating so much illness and dis-ease in our bodies.
    We need to get to the Why question if we are to see real change. Why does someone take drugs or use alcohol? They were not born with the need so when did it start and what happened?
    I have enough experience to claim that those who take drugs and alcohol and or consume food way beyond what they need or what their body wants is because something happened to them. What we tend to do is focus on the problem and never address the root cause.
    One day humanity will realise there is no real true change unless we go to the root cause. Universal Medicine are leaders when it comes to this and my life has had a complete turnaround because of their teachings.

  5. Nowhere else have we been presented with the real answer as to why people take drugs. If anything most of us judge drug users and have very little understanding, or little willingness to understand. This blog brings in the understanding and also asks us to consider whether our drug is the gambling, shopping, food, alcohol, porn and the many other distractions that we use; seeing that these are no different to or better than illicit drugs – if connection is what we’re truly seeking.

    1. I agree with you Shevon as in my experience it is clear that very few have a deep understanding or non judgement about why people use drugs to alter their natural state. Why stop at illicit drugs when we have legalised drugs life caffeine and alcohol which we know also alters your state of being. Then as you say what about our ‘fix’ that society accepts as food, shopping, gambling to name a few. Imagine taking all that away and we stand a chance of seeing what the real ill is behind our additions.
      So much time and money is wasted and yet we have not got closer to the truth and things are certainly getting worse.
      This blog and what it has to say is a wake up call bringing awareness to humanity.

  6. Your blog highlights a lot of questions that aren’t being answered by those in authority. If world leaders are saying that the war on drugs has failed, maybe they need to start looking at different approaches in stopping the drug trade. The quote by Serge Benhayon seems to be a very logical, practical and very simple beginning to looking at the issues of why drug use is so prevalent. This sounds like a very simple answer and asks the question of why this approach hasn’t been used. There are always going to be those that produce and sell the drugs but if the youth are met for who they truly are and no longer need to check out, then eventually it will get to a point when there will be no demand for these harmful substances.

    1. You make a great point here Tim Bowyer about another way that Serge Benhayon has clearly presented. Nothing else is working and nothing seems to be changing.
      This ‘logical, practical and very simple beginning to looking at the issues of why drug use is so prevalent’ is a simple answer.
      We all know that our world thrives on complication and making things ultra complex and you miss the point. What simplicity brings in is a fresh new approach that has not yet been ‘tried and tested’ but gives us a real answer. The amount of monies spent in trying to end the drug wars is not working but if we start at the youth we got a chance. In time as you state it will ‘get to a point when there will be no demand’ and that is our answer.

  7. Why do we report it as melodramatic when news reports reveal the real stories of what is happening on the streets and with everday people? Why do we switch off?

    We like to think that it is just the minority that have problems with drugs, for example, and so think that we don’t have anything to do with it if we are not drug users, but that is not the case. If it’s not happening on my watch or in my backyard let’s be honest most of us are not interested.

    This is where this website is different as it has the utmost dedication to humanity. It is committed to presenting the Truth on matters that we like to bury our head in the sand about.

    We ALL have a responsibility and every time that we put – getting ahead above connecting with people – we have contributed just as much to the harm being caused.

    1. Good point you make here Shevon about why we like to think it is just the minority that have problems with drugs.
      A new comment from Simple Living Global today on our Real Truth about Amphetamines

      responding to a comment talking about party organisers who have drugs as the central theme. Hold on – these are not the drug addicts we all picture in our minds, but the ‘well heeled’ people who have jobs and are good citizens going for extreme hard stuff.

      Could it be possible that our statistics are no where near the real life true figures as this type of stuff is never going to make it to statistics?
      What if some of these people are in powerful positions and cannot be challenged?
      Is this why things are escalating and out of control with substance abuse?
      Are those who can bring about change too afraid to speak up?
      We all know the fate of whistleblowers and is this why we hold back when it comes to TRUTH?

  8. There is currently a War on Drugs in the Phillippines.

    Over the last few months there have been a lot of reports in the news about the mass killings that are happening of those that are involved in drug dealing, are drug users and any criminals. The killings are happening by police and ‘vigilante groups’ in the Phillippines.

    The numbers that have been killed between 1st July 2016 and 3rd October 2016 were at least 3,600, see this article

    Wiping people out is clearly not the answer.
    So is it about connection and ‘good-old true love’ as Serge Benhayon is saying?
    This man said this in 2002.
    Why is it that 14 years later the problems with drugs are steadily increasing worldwide?
    Why are we choosing to not take notice?

    1. I agree Shevon that “wiping people out” (ongoing mass murder) has not solved our drug problems… so we can allow this hell to keep going endlessly, (‘business as usual’) or we can consider the simple, more revealing question that implicates us all in our worlds problems AND in the true solution to them; why have we not been working to make life about love above anything else?

      I know I can’t wait for the world to choose love… I need to choose it now and know I am part of a new trend which will eventually lead to a differently motivated world.

  9. Taking drugs is ‘normal’ for so many; no big deal.
    Then you just have read this blog and the statistics to see what LIES we tell ourselves.

    It’s like a less dramatic version of putting your fingers over your eyes while watching a horror movie.
    The horror movie is still playing right there for all to see if we choose to look.

  10. There is currently a call for medical professionals to use their positions to reform the way that drug users are dealt with, from punishment to more focus on treatment.

    ‘Health should be at the centre of this debate.’ is what one group of researchers have said:

    This call is letting us know that we as a humanity are waking up to the fact that there is more to dealing with drug problems than locking someone up.

    There is much wisdom being presented in this blog and even our medical profession would benefit as there could be another way and it starts with a true connection to our inner-most self.

    Could it be that simple?

    1. Shevon’s research shows that the war on drugs has not worked as drug use only keeps increasing. People in the field are asking to try a different approach:
      “…at a UN general assembly in April, many countries asked for health and human right to be prioritized over punitive responses.”

      It is utter common sense to me to go to the root of a problem.
      Drug use is an end player, a symptom of unhappiness of some kind,
      so, imagine if we invested in understanding this and addressing the lack of connection, intimacy, support and true care in the lives of those who have turned to drugs?
      This has been done in small studies with huge success already… so what are we waiting for?

  11. The use of synthetic cannabinoids called spice (what was known as ‘Legal Highs’) has very high use with people who are homeless, with one city in the U.K. reported to have 80-95% of homeless people dependent on them.

    In the same article, The Conversation report that the New Psychoactive Substances Act making these ‘Legal Highs’ illegal could be increasing both the street market and cost of the drug.

  12. This link about one country confirms what some of us already know and feel is happening globally.

    This article is saying that many workplace ‘substance abuse issue’ related costs are hidden.

    Substance abuse in the workplace can have a significant impact on mental health at work.
    Addictions and mental health conditions are often related. This is called a concurrent disorder.

    Alcohol is a socially accepted part of everyday life with 80% consuming alcohol in Canada.
    This country associates drinking with pleasurable social, community or workplace events such as festivals, sports or workplace parties.

    Alcohol and drug abuse among employees and their family members can be an expensive problem for workplaces causing significant issues such as:

    Loss of Productivity
    Decreased Employee morale
    Increase in Health Care costs
    Legal Liabilities
    Employees’ Compensation costs

    THE COST OF DRUG ABUSE – $8,000,000,000
    COST OF ALCOHOL ABUSE – $14,000,000,000

    3 million risk acute illness from Alcohol
    4.5 million risk chronic conditions like Cancer and Liver Disease
    3,000 children approx. born with an alcohol abuse syndrome per year
    47,000 deaths are linked to substance abuse annually

    So here we have a snapshot of one country in our world where most of them accept Alcohol as the normal part of everyday life. Can we join the dots and see WHY they have alcohol and drug abuse statistics as quoted above?

    Could the $26.3 million annually provided by this Government’s Substance Use and Addictions Program go to better use instead of prevention and treatment initiatives?

    Are we in an endless cycle trying to keep up with the demand and supply chain?
    In other words, more money is going to be needed as the age for addiction seems to be getting younger and younger.

    Who is writing the eight schedules for this Federal drug control statue that include laws for substance abuse in the Controlled Drug and Substance Act?
    Yes, it is a super important policy by the Federal Government.

    Are the ‘numerous strategies’ to cope with the substance abuse the real answer?
    Are we willing to at least consider the possibility that there may be another way?

    WHY are we so afraid to stand up and challenge all of this legal stuff?
    Who are the policy makers and who is writing the Laws about alcohol, a scientific proven poison?

    WHY does there seem to be no research or funding to find the root cause of WHY someone chooses to abuse, assault, attack and harm their body with poisons like drugs and alcohol?
    What is going on at the start point where we take our first sip, smoke, sniff or snort?

    Have we bothered to stop and consider with our common sense hat on that if we drink alcohol even if it is just the odd glass of wine or beer with the boys – are we able to then write TRUE LAW and bring about real change?
    If our employer – the bigwigs in the CEO, Presidents, Directors and other top positions are doing alcohol and the odd bit of drugs – could they honestly have the authority or true power to tell their employees – testing for alcohol and drugs is mandatory?
    Is this making sense?
    In other words, do we say it is ok to drink poison ‘responsibly’ because we are still doing it as it suits us but at the same time come down on others who have a bigger problem than us?

    Or do we start to question what on earth is going on as well researched blogs like this are spelling out the REAL TRUTH ABOUT DRUGS AND ALCOHOL.

    Is it time to Get Real and Get Honest so we can get to the Truth.

    Alcohol and Drugs alter our natural state and there is no getting away from this immutable fact.

    1. I agree SLG – great comment. I also found these stats – from Alcohol Concern – which are also eye popping:

      “Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity
      An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
      Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs”
      Alcohol and drugs are running riot in our lives and causing havoc in our world today.

  13. I see how rife alcohol abuse is in the corporate world. It is so the norm that people can’t even see there is a problem. With alcohol as the foundation for every work gathering, lubricating conversation, removing awkwardness and defining what it means to have a good time. And with senior folks leading the way, it can be hard for those who don’t feel to drink. I choose not to drink and I am seeing a quiet revolution in places I work: people choosing to abstain, to not feel judged, to honour what feels right for their bodies and not to get carried along with the peer pressure. To me, that’s the true definition of drinking responsibly.

  14. Reading these comments and statistics makes it clear to me that we need a very clear perspective to get us out of the mess of drugs and alcohol and this means brave voices from those who are not seeing it through rose-(wine)-colored-glasses because alcohol is currently still part of their personal ‘support’ system. With objectivity it is clear that even the occasional glass of red wine is not true ‘support’ but part of a very deeply harming greater issue; that being a very clouded communal vision of what alcohol is really doing in our lives.

    1. Jo, I feel you have redefined OBJECTIVITY here. What you say about being able to have a very clear perspective means not allowing our perspective to be clouded, diluted or tainted with that which we are trying objectively to assess.

      It works for politicians and the level of integrity they are living every day in order to do their jobs with integrity. It works with health professionals and the level of true self care they are bringing in order to care for another. It works with journalists and the level of truth they are living in order to bring truth in their writing. It works with those in organisations opining on what we should do about drug and alcohol abuse in order to bring an un-polluted view to their advice. It works with those making our laws and the level to which they can bring forward laws unbiased by their own choices or our ‘very clouded communal vision’.

  15. ITV news have reported that prisoners in a U.K. prison are being provided with leaflets that have guidance on how to take Spice ‘safely’. Spice is a New Psychoactive Substance.

    Somehow we have accepted that this is the best that we can expect when dealing with drug use – harm minimisation. But in Truth what is this really saying?

    Is this the best that we can hope for -that people will use drugs so we might as well teach them how to do it safely?

    This reminds me of the old adage ‘If you can’t beat ’em join ’em.’ which really means we have given up on finding the truth and root cause of any situation.

    It is high time that we started to dig dig and be open to asking more questions in order to find out why drug use is so prevalent.

    Settling for what we have accepted thus far is not addressing the issue.

    1. Having any drug leaflet on how to take drugs ‘safely’ is not the answer if we use our common sense.
      Spice is lethal and one day it will be known and this website is saying it now before our Real Truth about Psychoactive drugs blog comes out.
      Drugs are killing us and there is not just the cost of human life. What about ALL those who are affected by those who take drugs?

      Could it be possible that we are not ready to challenge those who keep coming up with new laws and policy making which is not really getting to the root cause of WHY anyone wants to alter their natural state artificially.
      WHY are we so afraid of the truth and how long can we keep pretending that we are on top of it when everywhere around us is telling us we are not?

  16. Thank you Simple Living Global.

    Some occupations are reported to have huge drug problems amongst staff.

    In USA (2008-2012) – Accommodation and Food Services (Hospitality) had 16.9% full-time staff with substance misuse disorders.
    This was the industry with the highest rate.

    In the same period the construction industry was 2nd with 14.3% of employees having substance use disorders.

    There is a very frank interview with the the construction company president – GE Johnson on illicit drug use in this article too.

    In any job we need to be bright, alert, sharp, awake and astute so that we can deliver a good quality service and avoid errors.

    We all know that illicit substances change our natural state. It’s easy to describe someone as ‘not being themselves’ when they are under the influence of drugs as our behaviour become irratic. So why do we think that this is the answer to any difficulties that we may be having in life?

    I have seen professionals lose their jobs and develop serious health conditions as a result of drug use.

    Drugs have so many ill effects – why has their use become our go to pill? If we are honest we can all agree that as babies and children we would never naturally go to drugs to deal with any distress or dis-ease, so their use cannot be natural, no matter how much we try to justify it.

    What about real medicine as in the way that we walk, talk, live and breathe through life?

    Why is this not our first port of call when things get rough?

    What happened to the natural boundless joy and energy we had as children, that we now accept a false energy in its place through illicit substances and stimulants?

    1. This is a great link for anyone interested in knowing that the story shared about a construction worker on marijuana now in prison for manslaughter is not an isolated case.
      Thank you Shevon for bringing this to our awareness.

      Before we go pointing the finger or judging anyone, we need to stop and put our understanding hat on. People just don’t just wake up one day and start smoking pot.
      Something is going on for them and they go to smoke their weed because it supports them to forget and numb what is really going on for them.

      So we can go around blaming or doing whatever we do but nothing will change until we get to the root cause of WHY someone does any drug in the first place.

      Could it be possible that unless we are stimulant and drug free in our own body, we may just have a blind spot and not detect anything in another?
      In other words we are doing mind altering substances which of course are legal like caffeine, sugar and alcohol and this affects our ability to see clearly in another what is going on. Worth pondering on this.


    Check this news report from West Virginia Health Chief.
    Here are some highlights –

    Our attempts at solutions have focused on proximate causes:
    anti-drugs campaigns, smoking cessation and obesity reduction, among others.
    Effective preventive solutions have evaded us because we have failed to ask the right questions.
    All of our public health problems are demand-driven and so it should come as no surprise that supply-restricting solutions inevitably fail without addressing the demand side of the equation.

    The question we have not asked is – “What is missing in peoples’ lives that they turn to drugs, alcohol, food and tobacco for relief?”

    The answer is complex. Meaning and purpose come from a sense of being connected to something greater than yourself and your thoughts. Drugs, alcohol, food and tobacco are common denominators that people use for temporary relief when they lose this sense of connection, but they have damaging long-term consequences. Poverty and adverse childhood experiences play major roles in this vicious cycle.

    Dr. Michael R. Brumage – Executive Director and Chief Health Officer
    Kanawha-Charleston Health Department

    So here we have a bigwig who is actually asking the question that Simple Living Global presents all the time –
    What is missing that makes someone go to substances that harm?
    He talks about CONNECTION – the very thing we have been saying.

    It is high time we paid attention to blogs like this and our medical professionals like Dr. Michael Brumage who are onto something because what is clear is our current way of dealing with these global issues is not cutting it.

    Is there another way?

  18. So this blog has some facts like, the War on Drugs was declared in 1971.
    Then World Leaders are saying now that the War on Drugs has failed.

    If we just applied some common sense it would be true to say that the reason we have the illegal drug trade going on is because there is a demand. We can make it the law and stop them but it then drives the whole thing underground, in the dark world, which we all know is going on under our watch.

    We can catch the criminals and lock them up, yet so far this has not really resolved the issue as things are getting worse.

    Would it be wise to at least consider –
    Are we looking at this the wrong way or is our approach so far failing because let’s face it, things have got really bad?

    I say we listen to this wise man called Serge Benhayon who seems to have the answers for us to get to the root cause. That way we can get our younger generation sorted and eventually see an end to our out of control world drug epidemic.

  19. Metro – 28th April 2017

    There has been a surge in the number of pensioners who are now drug addicts. This is being blamed partly on those who first started taking hard drugs in the 1980’s. The information is said to have come from Public Health England.

    We often say that people will grow out of using drugs or hope that this is the case, but clearly these latest statistics are letting us know that this is not always what happens.

    Could the lack of connection that Serge Benhayon speaks of that starts at home and at school still be with our elderly?

    Will we keep continuing to see the rise in the use of illicit drugs, until we choose to RE-CONNECT with ourselves and each other?

    Could this be the missing piece?

  20. An article in the Washington Post talks about how one drug company has helped to fuel an opioid crisis in Florida but the government cannot hold it accountable due to uncertain legal territory and stiff resistance from the company:

    The government asserts that the company failed in its responsibility to support the suspicious order of over 500 million pills of oxycodone between 2008 and 2012, which was 66% of all oxycodone pills sold in the state.

    The government states that the investigation into internal documents could have resulted in 44,000 federal violations and incurred fines of $2.3bn but after six years of investigations that spanned five states, the government has taken no legal action.

    The drug company concerned has tentatively agreed to a settlement with federal prosecutors to pay a $35m fine and admit to no wrongdoing.

    The company’s response was that “everyone knew what was going on in Florida but they had no duty to report it”

    A former law enforcement official said, “They weren’t taking this seriously, and people were dying. People were dying all over the place.”

    Lets look at the path of a pill:

    1. The company makes the pill
    2. They send it to the distributors
    3. The distributors then send it to the retailers (pharmacies/Hospitals)
    4. The retailers then sell to the public

    The problem for the law enforcement officials in this case was to find out who was responsible.

    The company was willing to acknowledge its responsibility to report suspicious large orders but they said they shouldn’t be held responsible once the distributors had the drugs.

    Another law enforcement official said, “When you get to manufacturing level, its hard to prove that they knew what was happening. But they were making the product, they were selling it to the country’s largest distributors, and they had a responsibility under the law to detect and report orders that were suspicious. These orders were beyond suspicious.”

    This is a good question of where does responsibility actually start and finish.

    Is it possible that IT IS the company’s responsibility from manufacturing the drug right down to the person taking the drug?

    Since 2000, nearly 180,000 people have died due to opioid overdoses in the USA.

    Is it possible that company’s profit margins are being made more important than human lives?

    As with everything in life that we don’t like, it is easy to point the finger and blame but…

    Is it possible that we ALL have a part to play in where the responsibility lies?

  21. Reading a news story on 19 May 2017 about a couple that staged their baby’s death.

    Both were drug addicts and the baby had ‘fractured skull and brain injuries likened to those from a road crash or a fall from a first floor window’.

    How serious is this and does the prison sentence of 11 years really deal with the situation?

    Are we as a world ready to admit that something is not right when someone takes drugs of any kind as it alters their natural state?

    Would anyone in their right mind ever harm a tiny baby who is super fragile and precious?

    What is it about drug taking that makes us lose sight of our innate caring and loving ways?

    Could it be possible that if we allow any form of abuse (in this case drugs) to enter our own body, we lose our own moral compass of what is not abuse – ie. What is truth and what is not?

    Next – do we need to stop at this case and start asking some more questions –

    Why do we lock them up and do rehabilitation but not question the root cause?
    In other words WHY are these people taking drugs?
    What was going on in their childhoods that led to the death of their baby?
    What happened to them that led them to taking drugs in the first place?
    What makes anyone want to take substances that alter who they truly are?
    How do we end the cycle of abuse once and for All?


    The Guardian – 11 March 2017
    Drug Addiction isn’t going away so why are treatment centres being slashed?

    This news article was written by Anonymous as they work in a treatment centre in the UK where council funding has been cut by 42% since 2010.
    “our caseloads are out of control”.

    Worth reading this as you get a brief on what is really going on.
    So heroin is out these days with fewer numbers and Alcohol and party drugs like methamphetamine and ketamine are in.
    However, the heroin users require more attention as they get older and sicker.
    “They often have hepatitis C, smoke tobacco and succumb to liver and lung diseases as a consequence.”
    “We are left to manage a host of intractable problems that we are not qualified or able to deal with.”
    They are vulnerable people with complex needs and demand for our support is increasing”.

    So how are we dealing with this serious problem of drugs which is only part of the bigger issue mentioned in this story?
    “Addiction services are often retendered with contracts being awarded to the cheapest bidder.”
    “I have friends who have left this sector feeling demoralized and burnt out”.

    Enough said – it would be true to say that those making decisions are not connected to the stuff going on in our streets. In other words the real raw reality of what is actually happening.

    We can sit and blame our government and politicians or anyone in a position of power or we can get our hands dirty by getting right in there where we can and do our bit.
    Too many of us give up at the thought of helping another, or even questioning what on earth is going on with alcohol and drug related problems off the scale.

    I for one cannot hold back, sit on the fence, seek comfort in my old life, which was utter distractions. Instead I have dealt with my buried issues and hurts and have not had alcohol for over a decade.
    Instead I choose to study, learn and write to bring more awareness to our world in my spare time.
    Doing nothing and pointing the finger is no longer an option. Getting on with it – is.

    We all have a hand in the ills we have created on Earth and it’s high time we done something, so we can get out of it without blaming and judging others.

  23. An article in the BBC News, 29th June 2017, talks about ‘Albanian gangs ‘controlling’ UK drug trafficking market.’

    The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was increasingly concerned by what it called the Albanians’ “high-profile influence within UK organized crime.”

    Criminal gangs from other countries is nothing new as there has been, for a long time, other countries influence on organized crime.

    The Albanian gangs are emerging as a “significant threat” and have particular influence on the cocaine market.

    Officials said the gangs were characterized by their readiness to resort to serious violence.

    The deputy director of the NCA said “Its very much a group that’s small in number but big in impact. We have seen an emergence of violence, particularly around enforcing the drug trade, in this group.”

    The report also states that the corruption among staff at ports and airports was a “key vulnerability” as it made it easier for gangs to smuggle in drugs and bring in illegal immigrants.

    The corruption is not just limited to port and airport staff. It encompasses a huge range of sectors and professional enablers, from bank insiders, accountants and delivery drivers.

    One can only speculate as to how far up the corruption goes but with the large sums of money involved in organized crime, the incentives are huge.

    The world is not as big as it used to be.

    Gone are the days of the local gangs like the Kray’s or the Richardson’s.

    Yes violence has always been part of gang culture but the incidence of extreme violence is on the rise.

    It seems to get noticed these days you have to go one better, or in this case, one worse, than the other gang.

    So, what can we do?

    Do we wait around until they all kill themselves, which will never happen because there will always be someone to take their place, or do we start to look at the demand for these drugs?

    Whose responsibility is it?

    Law enforcement?

    Is it possible that the only reason there is a drug trade is because we, the average person on the street, needs it?

    Is it possible that if we looked at why we need a substance that alters our natural state, there would be no need for drugs and therefore there will be no need to have drug gangs?

    As like any business, the drug trade is governed by supply and demand…We always have a choice!!

  24. An article in The Economist – 24th – 30th June 2017, pp. 39 – 40 on adoptions and foster care in the USA was an enlightening read.

    Basically there has been a decrease in the number of babies up for adoption, BUT the numbers needing foster care has increased.

    So what has that got to do with drug abuse and illicit trafficking?

    One reason for the decline in adoptions has been the fact that adopting from abroad has become harder.

    Due to corruption and child trafficking scandals, adoptions from countries like Guatemala have been stopped.

    However the number of foster placements needed have increased due to the opiod epidemic. The mis-use of prescription painkillers and the use of heroin have become the SECOND MOST COMMON CAUSE for a child’s removal from their parents. The first is neglect.

    Whilst the intention is for birth parents and their children to be reunited, the article states that only about a quarter of parents in this scenario are.

    So we are in a perpetual cycle.

    Could it be as Serge Benhayon is presenting that we are not connecting with our young and so they grow up to be the adults who are addicted to drugs; they have children, there is a lack of connection and the whole cycle continues?

    Do we need to look at EVERYTHING and RE-EXAMINE HUMAN LIFE if we truly want to get to the root cause of why drug addiction is rapidly increasing?

    Do our forms of research need to go much deeper and wider asking questions as to the cause of societal issues rather than settling for just relationships between factors? Yes there is an increase in foster placements, Yes it’s to do with the use of opioids but WHY?

    There are many more questions FOR US ALL to deeply consider.

  25. The Week – Issue 1135 dated 29 July 2017

    Indonesia has a ‘narcotics emergency’ and the president has urged police to shoot dead drug traffickers who resist arrest, especially foreign drug dealers.

    They are insisting this is not advocating a shoot-to-kill policy as was the case in the Philippines, where there was an anti-drugs crusade last year which led to thousands of drug dealers and suspected drug dealers, being killed.

    Are any of our solutions really working when it comes to drug crime?

    Are we on the front foot and if we think we are why are things getting worse?

    Have we stopped to question why drug traffickers have business in the first place?

    Have we considered the supply and demand and what that actually means?
    In other words, there has to be a demand if there is to be a supply in the first place.

    We can keep killing the drug traffickers but this will not end the crisis as those who want drugs will find another way.

    What we all need to do is stop, really stop and admit nothing is working and there has to be another way.

    Looking at nailing this long-term, we need to start now with real education from an early age stating the facts and all that Simple Living Global are presenting on this website about drugs, health and well-being.

    We then need to help those on drugs and get to the root cause of WHY anyone chooses to take drugs in the first place.

    Enough research has been done and spending more of our money to confirm what we all know, simply makes no sense.

    What does make sense is that we as a world need to unite and wake up – we have created a world fuelled with drugs and the impact is now in our face more than ever.

    Nothing is working and it is time to turn to those, like the founder of this website who not only has first hand experience with drug users but plenty of knowledge to back up what is needed now to turn the tides.

    We are not born addicted to drugs.
    Something happens and then we make a choice, an ill choice.

    We have a responsibility to find out what happened and get to the root cause and if not, things will continue escalating. No amount of research or solutions are going to get us on the front foot of the drug crisis.

    Nothing is working dear governments and policymakers, so why not be open to what this blog is presenting?

    BBC news – 15 August 2017

    The number of drug related deaths in Scotland rose by 23% in 2016.
    Statistics from the National Records of Scotland showed –

    70% of deaths were among people aged 35 or over
    88% of the deaths were related to the taking of opiates or opioids
    55% involved heroin and or morphine
    49% were linked to benzodiazepines like diazepam

    The minister for public health, Aileen Campbell is saying the drug problem in Scotland is complex and there is an ageing group of people who are long term drugs users. They have a pattern of addiction which is very difficult to break and they have developed other chronic medical conditions as a result of prolonged drug use.

    The scale of the problem was a ‘national tragedy that requires a fundamental rethink of our approach’ – David Liddell, chief executive, Scottish Drugs Forum

    What are we – the general public on the street going to do with these statistics?

    What would we do if we were asked to come up and rethink another approach?

    Are we going to simply accept this as another news story or are we going to start talking about it?

    We all know nothing will ever change unless we demand answers and ask our governments to put research and funding into WHY anyone takes drugs in the first place?

    Without this important factor we will never get to the root cause and no amount of prevention, rehab, education, treatment and enforcement is going to bring those figures down, once and for all and this is not rocket science.

    Is a strategy or a solution or high quality treatment going to do the job?
    What about the families that are suffering as a result of someone with drug addiction?
    What about the human being with a story that is behind every statistic?
    What are we missing and what is it that we are not learning as things are getting worse?

    Do we need to have a nation who is going to have a big AGM and get us all talking and asking questions and using common sense at the core of any communication?

    Do we care enough to at least start discussing this at every opportunity with anyone and everyone so that others are in the loop about what is really going on?

    How are we as the most intelligent species on this earth going to deal with our rise in drug related deaths as nothing so far is working?

  27. More on the US opioid crisis that has got me thinking about supply and demand.

    The US has declared a state of national emergency.

    Opioid overdoses are now killing more than gun crime and car accidents put together: 90 Americans are dying every day.

    In some states the problem is so bad that coroners are running out of space to store dead bodies.

    650,000 more people are expected to die of opioid abuse over the next 10 years.

    The biggest killers are heroin and prescription painkillers like oxycodone, plus potent synthetics like fentanyl.

    Analysis suggests the problem begins with doctors over-prescribing or poorly managing opioid prescriptions. People get addicted and either keep getting prescribed the drug or stop being prescribed and then move to other types of drugs and methods of getting hold of them, to feed that addiction.

    There is a ‘tide’ of illegal drugs coming into the country to service the demand.

    One senator who is a doctor has said this is showing not just a law enforcement crisis, but a national health crisis.

    One quote says “It is much easier in America to get high than it is to get help”. Apparently only 10% of addicts get support.

    What is happening here that is fuelling this?

    Why are opioid prescriptions through the roof?

    Is there a connection between legitimate opioid prescriptions and rates of illegal drug use and trafficking?

    1. More on opioid usage. New UK data shows prescriptions for opioid painkillers have doubled in 15 years.

      1 in 20 people were prescribed potentially addictive painkillers in 2015, up from 1 in 40 the previous year. Prescriptions are also getting longer, with an average course of 64 days in 2000 increasing to 102 in 2014.

      Despite the increasing prescription levels, apparently after an initial period, the body develops a tolerance for the drugs so for the majority of those taking them are not actually benefiting. Instead, they will be suffering side effects or risking addiction and ‘should be supported to come off these medicines’.

      1. This reminds me of when I used to have back problems.

        When I would have an ‘episode’, I would immediately be prescribed these types of painkillers.

        I took them rarely. What I was really looking for was answers – why is my back hurting so much? What is going on for my body? How can I help myself?

        Looking back, the doctors didn’t even know where to start so they just prescribed away and hoped it would right itself.

        What if we started making a deeper enquiry about pain when it arises? What is really going on for the body and why – underneath?

  28. The Telegraph – 26 June 2017

    To mark the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, Myanmar, Thailand and Cambodia torched nearly $1 billion worth of seized narcotics as police struggle against this growing industry.

    Drug Enforcement Officer, Myo Kyi said that this is ‘a record amount of drugs’.

    The biggest bonfire in Yangon, Myanmar set fire to stacks of opium, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine tablets worth $220 million.

    Myanmar remains one of the world’s great drug-producing nations and is the 2nd biggest producer of heroin in the world after Afghanistan. Armed gangs in Myanmar are said to ‘churn out vast quantities of opium, heroin, cannabis and millions of caffeine-laced methamphetamine pills known as “yaba” which are then smuggled out across South East Asia.’

    26.7 million methamphetamine tablets had been seized since 2015 in one part of Yangon.

    The United Wa State Army (25,000 militia) are said to be Asia’s most heavily armed drug dealers who have their own autonomous territories on the border with China. However, the Wa deny producing drugs and are said to have staged their own burning for the United Nations anti-drugs day.

    In 2016, Buddhist monks and military officers were among the 13,500 people prosecuted for drug crimes. An increase of 50%.

    In Cambodia officials burned $4 million of drugs on the day.

    Thailand has the world’s 6th largest prison population and the 10th highest incarceration rate in the world. The main reason for this is said to be because of its strict anti-drugs laws.

    This one article tells us a lot about one subject in 3 countries in one part of the world.

    It begs the question of where are we at globally with this drugs situation?

    Is it surprising that Buddhist monks have been prosecuted for drug crimes?

    Criminal behaviour associated with drugs is usually seen as isolated to those ‘down and out’ on the streets who are homeless or are in poverty, but this article is highlighting that there are others in society who we might not usually associate with drugs being involved.

    Why would Buddhist monks, who on the face of it represent purity, clean living and calmness have any association with illicit drugs?

    The article does not say whether the crimes are for personal drug use or drug dealing, but either way any association with illicit drugs is harmfull and is not in line with pure Buddhist philosophy.

    So, is it fair to ask – what is missing in the lives of Buddhist monks that would mean that they gravitate towards illicit drugs in any way?

    Could this article on International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking by Simple Living Global hold some if not all the answers?

  29. An article from CNN, 19th Sept 2017, talks about how “Opioid overdoses shorten US life expectancy by two and a half months.”

    Opioid drugs, including both legally prescribed painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone, as well as illegal drugs such as heroin or illicit fentanyl, are not only killing Americans, they are shortening their overall lifespans by about two and a half months according to a new analysis published in the medical journal JAMA.

    Also reported, was the fact that drug overdose deaths are expected to continue to reach new record highs.

    The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), expects drug overdose deaths to top 64,000 in 2016 when the numbers are finalised. Most of these overdoses involved an opioid.

    Since 1993, the number of opioid related drug deaths has more than quadrupled.

    While prescription opioids like oxycodone or hydrocodone were considered to be driving factors in the increasing rates of overdoses in the early part of the 2000’s, heroin and illicit fentanyl have become the driver in recent years. The number of overdose deaths related to fentanyl is expected to more than double, from an estimated 9,945 in 2016 to 20,145 in 2017, the CDC says.

    The President of the United States has said that, “The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying, officially, right now, it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency.”

    Considering that statement, five weeks have passed and the White House has yet to make any formal announcement of a national emergency.

    Many health officials point to the over prescribing of narcotic painkillers as one of the roots of the opioid overdose epidemic with the No.1 reason that people misuse prescription drugs, is to manage pain.

    It’s clear that the opioid overdose epidemic is getting out of hand.

    It’s one thing to say that there is a ‘national emergency’ but another thing putting in a plan of action to halt the deaths due to overdosing.

    Opioid drug use is killing people and they say the No.1 reason of use is to manage pain… WHY is this?

    WHY are people having to become addicted to opioids because they are not getting adequate treatment or adequate pain relief?

  30. An article from CNN, 20th Sept 2017, talks about “41 state attorney general’s subpoena opioid manufacturers.”

    Prescription and illegal opioids are commonly abused because they are so addictive.

    Opioid medications bind to the areas of the brain that control pain and emotions, driving up levels of the feel good hormone dopamine in the brain’s reward areas and producing an intense feeling of euphoria.
    As the brain becomes used to the feelings, it often takes more and more of the drug to produce the same levels of pain relief and well-being, leading to dependence and later, addiction.

    A coalition of 41 state attorney generals have served five major opioid manufacturers seeking information about how these companies marketed and sold prescription opioids.

    The coalition is also demanding documents and information related to distribution practices from three drug distributors.

    The coalition was announced in June, with the aim of investigating what role these companies have had in contributing to the United States’ opioid epidemic.

    Documents were also requested of three major pharmaceutical distributors.

    According to the Drug Channel Institute, a group that tracks the pharmaceutical industry, these three companies had more than $400 billion in revenue last year and manage about 90% of the country’s national drug distribution.

    The attorney generals are hoping to learn whether these companies may have marketed or distributed their products illegally.

    The New York state’s attorney general said, “Too often, prescription opioids are the on-ramp to addiction for millions of Americans.” He pointed out that, according to the National Institute of Health, about 80% of all new heroin users begin with using prescription opioids.

    A number of states, not involved in the coalition, have already filed their own lawsuits against pharmaceutical manufacturers and distributors.

    Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the US, killing more people than guns or car accidents.

    With the president of the US already stating that the opioid crisis is a ‘national emergency’, but yet, still not having made any form of official declaration, this is a positive step forward from the American states to produce more transparency.

    The effects of opioids and other drugs cannot be underestimated and anything that will bring this very harmful behaviour into scrutiny is very much needed and very welcome.

  31. Metro – 12 October 2017

    Student aged 21 dies at a house party after taking –

    PLUS fake Valium – unlicenced diazepam pills

    Could anyone survive this and is anyone surprised this young person died of ‘combined toxic effect of drugs and alcohol’?

    How does a student described as ‘full of promise’ by the coroner end up like this?
    What on earth was going on for him and what was his mental state before the party?

    What sort of house allows this sort of behaviour and have we for a moment considered all those who are left devastated because of this death?

    Can we blame or do we just see it as a tragic accident?

    When are we going to stop and ask questions and keep asking questions?

    What is going on for someone who society calls Intelligent because they are studying?

    What sort of Intelligence drives someone to take such a lethal cocktail of drugs?

    What would have happened if this guy survived that night?

    What sort of mental health would he be in and what would be the long term effects?

    WHY would anyone in their right mind even consider mixing drugs and alcohol because let’s face it both are poison to our human body?

    WHY are we allowing mind altering drugs to be used in a house with a party full of people?

    WHY have we accepted this form of abuse and WHY just let it continue?

    How many more drug related deaths are going on all around the world every day?

    When are we going to learn that drugs and alcohol are killing us and there is no getting away from that immutable fact?

    They are ABUSE whatever way we choose to look at it.

  32. Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA have conducted research where they have established a link between reduced anti-social behaviour in those that have used psychedelic drugs including ayahuasca.

    This has lead them to suggest that ‘clinical research with classic psychedelics in forensic settings should be considered’.

    This is very concerning.

    The article has been read 3,279 times – so what are we going to do with this information?

  33. Daily Mail – 14 October 2017

    10,000 drug drivers banned from roads since 2015.
    It is the first time national statistics has been released showing the scale of the problem.

    Driving under the influence of substances including cocaine and cannabis can now be detected by devices in ten minutes.

    National Police Chiefs’ Council revealed half of motorists are testing positive for banned substances when stopped by officers on suspicion of drug-driving.

    Is this anything new really?

    We all KNOW that alcohol changes us – in other words, it alters our natural state.

    This means that we are choosing to be irresponsible when we drive a vehicle with alcohol in our system. Our laws allow a certain amount of alcohol so that somehow makes it ok.

    Now we have a greater issue as drugs are illegal and people take them and drive.
    But in Truth is it different or just one and the same?

    Is it high time our world got honest and real so people can be assured that no one is going to be driving a vehicle in an altered state?

  34. Metro – 29th September 2017

    A pensioner has avoided jail after telling a court he is getting too old for drug dealing.

    The gentleman concerned was caught with thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

    When I read the article it made me ask the question – how is it even into an elderly age we can carry on these behaviours?

    It made me question what has happened to him and how come there has been no change over all these years and a previous prison sentence?

    This blog by Simple Living Global certainly has questions for us all to look at regarding our worldwide drug problem. I have to say, without the wisdom shared in this blog, I would be lost as to why this gentleman would behave in this way and be so ingrained in this behaviour, but it does make sense to me that without connection and being met for who we truly are there is a void that seeks to be filled and so whether a person is aged 4 or 74 it makes no difference, we all feel the emptiness and suffer as a result of experiencing a lack of true love.

    Simple Living Global have shown me another way to live that has transformed my life immeasurably and that even though we may have been treated with a lack of true love and respect from others it is never too late to start connecting to ourselves through taking deep care and being honest with what feels true in life and what does not. I so cherish and value what this website is presenting, it is an honour to be able to write comments on this site to support the fact that there is another way to live.

  35. An article in the BBC News, 28th October 2017, talks about “HMS Vigilant – Nine sailors sacked after failing drug tests.”

    Nine sailors serving aboard HMS Vigilant, which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent, were dismissed from the Royal Navy after failing drugs tests, the MOD said.

    The drug taken was cocaine.

    Earlier this month, the submarines captain was relieved of his command after an alleged “inappropriate relationship” with a female crew member.

    All Royal Navy vessels have a ‘no touching’ rule that prohibits intimate relationships on board.

    HMS Vigilant is one of Britain’s four Vanguard-class submarines which carry up to eight Trident missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

    A Rear Admiral, a former commander of a type 42 Destroyer, said, “This is not just a submarine, it is one of our deterrence submarines. It is absolutely disgraceful. People in the Navy should remember playing for our country on an international level is a great privilege. It is a question of putting service before self.”

    These men had been under the sea for 91 days. They had a month off due to being docked at a bay in the US while munitions were being loaded onto the submarine and in that month they were alleged to have had ‘drug fuelled parties’.

    As one Navy source said, “What do you think is going to happen? It was a month long party and it should not have been happening.”

    Of course, drug use should never be condoned in any occupation but with this sort of vessel, with its destructive capabilities, it applies even more so.

    Surely the first question that should be asked is, why, when the crew had time off, did they get involved in drugs?

    Is it possible they already had a drug dependency?

    We can understand that they want to let off steam, and we can understand if they got totally drunk, but to actually go down the drug road, does it speak of a deeper more entrenched problem?

    Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, has now ordered all submarine crews to be tested for drugs.

    Is it possible this is going to be the next scandal to hit the armed forces?

    With regard to the issue of these illicit relationships on board –

    Although there is a strict ‘no touching’ rule on board these vessels, human nature being what it is, it must come as no surprise when the crew disregard this rule.

    Again the quote from the Navy source applies here: “What do you think is going to happen?”

  36. Daily Mail – 12 August 2017

    We all know about drink driving and that it is all about alcohol.
    How many of us have heard about drug driving?

    This news story is about a motorist who rammed another car while driving at 79 TIMES THE DRUG-DRIVE LIMIT. The man had a by-product of cocaine in his blood.

    So this is one of the highest readings the police force has seen, so what on earth is going on?

    WHY would anyone take to the wheel when they are taking drugs?

    Could it be possible that because ALL DRUGS ALTER OUR NATURAL STATE this man was not himself and his decisions thereafter are not actually him?
    Whilst this is not an excuse, it does require us all to have a deeper understanding of any drug, because it is a substance that is having an affect on our mind.

    What will it take for us to pay attention, honk our horn and demand that things are not just left and accepted when it comes to drug driving?

    WHY is there any legal limit and who sets limits as legal when we all know the dangers and harm that drugs are causing?

    WHY are we not able to use good old fashioned common sense?

    Is it high time to re-write the book of Truth when it comes to taking RESPONSIBILITY for our choices – be it alcohol or drugs, so that we can have a world that is real and not harming in any way whatsoever?

  37. I recently read an article where a driver caused serious brain injury to another motorist as they veered off onto the other side of the road, whilst driving under the influence of morphine and cannabis.

    The driver initially lied to the police about what they had taken, stating that they had taken nothing stronger than cough syrup. They also claimed that the Class B drug that was found in their system was due to passive smoking at a party.

    I have heard it said many a time that when we are under the influence of drugs we are not ourselves. I have witnessed many people under the effects of drugs and seeing them before and after, they are definitely not themselves whilst under the influence. It is no surprise that not only do serious road accidents happen but also drug users can be so much in denial they will attempt to lie their way out of the situation.

    In the end we do have to ask what is going on for someone that they need to take drugs in the first place.

    Could it be because we are in an enormous amount of emotional pain and are trying to numb that?

    Reading this news story is a reminder for me of the harm that occurs when we do not deal with the root cause of pain and the impact this has on others when we look for solutions. We impact everyone, not only other citizens but members of our immediate family as in this case the driver was a parent and the news story reports that at court, no immediate arrangements had been made for the care of the children.

  38. Thank you for this magnificent blog.

    For many years I smoked cannabis socially with friends. Amongst some of my peers, cannabis was (and still is) seen as a natural and innocuous drug.

    Of course, cannabis is very harmful.

    Three things lead me to stop smoking cannabis: education, asking questions and observation.

    I remember reading some newspaper articles about drug trafficking by organised criminals which discussed how revenue from cannabis distribution was used to fund arms smuggling, human trafficking, terrorism and the trade in drugs other than weed.

    I had to ask myself, where is the money I spend on cannabis going? What is it used to fund?

    Regarding observation – I began to observe the eyes of the man I bought cannabis from. He was often high on his own supply. I noticed when I looked in his eyes that he wasn’t there. I felt that a lovely man’s life had been ruined by marijuana. I did not want to be a party to this any longer, so I stopped.

    I’d like to make a further comment which echoes points made by others above.

    I feel that we need to have a world-wide, all-inclusive conversation about emptiness and lack of connection. Emptiness and lack of connection are a worldwide plague and crisis that is the root of so many ills and habits of self-abuse including drugs, alcohol, over-eating, addictions of every sort….the list could go on and on.

  39. Last weekend I was reading an article which was about a group of people from a particular country bringing cocaine into the UK in mass amounts. The gentleman next to me started chatting to me about it and I shared how it always seems to be one group or another that we seem to focus on in the media when it comes to drug rackets and drug smuggling.

    He made a really good point and asked ‘What if the media had different headlines?’
    Like – Demand for drugs is increasing hence more importation


    Drug importation increases as we demand more drugs.

    He asked what would happen if we reported it that way and looked at WHY the demand for drugs is increasing, rather than focusing solely on the dealers.

    What would happen if we reported in that way?

  40. An article in the ‘Omaha World-Herald’, 6th April 2014, describes how “Nebraska gets a cut of illegal drug revenue, in an artful way.”

    A group of police officers sat in a bar asking the owner about a piece of artwork on the wall.

    The poster shows a skull resting against a headstone with a marijuana joint and a syringe laid into crossbones.

    The bar owner gives the answer that it is an obscure piece of the Nebraska tax code inspired by the war on illegal drugs. The artwork is a replica of Nebraska’s $100 drug tax stamp.

    The stamps are offered in denominations of $10, $50, $100, $500 and $1,000.

    Nebraska began issuing the stamps in 1991 following the passage of a tax on illegal drugs signed into law and they can be bought at Nebraska’s Department of Revenue Offices across the state.

    Drug tax laws, which exist in 20 states offers a way for those states to collect money on illicit transactions. If you possess illegal drugs, Nebraska law requires that you have a stamp on your drugs.

    A stamp doesn’t legalise the product, but a person can be charged for not having one.

    In Nebraska, the law was intended as another way to punish drug dealers. The state has collected $544,588 from evaders of the drug tax since 1991, according to State Tax Commissioner.

    Since the stamps were first offered, 625 of them have been sold in Nebraska’s revenue offices, bringing in $10,220, most likely from collectors of the stamps rather than drug dealers or users. No name is required for drug tax stamp purchases because buying them might entail a form of self-incrimination.

    Many drug dealers and buyers find out about Nebraska’s tax only after being charged with a crime.

    The tax is $100 per ounce of marijuana; $150 per gram of a controlled substance such as cocaine and $500 for each 50-dose unit or portion of a controlled substance not usually sold by weight such as LSD or steroids.

    Those who have less than 6 ounces of marijuana, less than 7 ounces of a controlled substance or less than 10 doses of a drug are not required to have a stamp.

    5% of the tax proceeds go toward funding administration and enforcement of the tax. Half of the remaining money is devoted to law enforcement and drug education programs in the county where the drugs were found, while the other half goes to the Nebraska State Patrol.

    Being caught without a stamp means the person must pay the drug tax and a fine for not paying it. People also face a potential Class IV felony, which carries up to five years in prison and a separate $10,000 criminal fine.

    The Hall County attorney said he’s never heard of a drug runner actually having the stamps on his drugs.

    An Omaha criminal defence attorney said taxing an illicit product doesn’t make sense.

    In Kansas, attorney’s stopped filing tax drug tax charges in routine cases after the State Supreme Court ruled a defendant convicted of marijuana possession cannot also be convicted of not having a stamp.

    Without doubt, we have definitely lost the plot here.

    They may get a few people like the occasional drug user that will buy these stamps, but to get someone that actually deals in the drugs and potentially bring themselves to the attention of the law, is another matter.

    The article states that this tax law was intended as another way to punish drug dealers by fining them for not buying a stamp and that they could also get five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

    Wouldn’t it make more sense to just increase the fines of those they convict rather than giving the drug dealers a licence to sell?

    However we want to look at this, it is saying that these drugs are illegal and you will be punished if you are caught with them, but on the other hand, if you pay the government some money, we will ‘turn a blind eye’ and we will let you buy or sell these drugs.

    Is it possible that this is just condoning the use of illegal drugs?

    Is it possible that this is just encouraging the use of illegal drugs?

    Is earning a few thousand dollars in tax revenue really worth the potential increase of people using drugs?

  41. Why is it that when we carry out criminal activity it is not just in one area but many?

    An example I came across recently was of someone who had been arrested for drug dealing where thousands of pounds worth of money and drugs were found in their home.

    Amongst the illicit items was a work of art that had also been stolen.

  42. Yesterday at work we received a Drugs Alert for MDMA Ecstasy.

    The briefing actually stated that Public Health England have notified the Metropolitan Police about 3 people who have developed severe reactions after taking what they have believed to be ecstasy tablets.

    2 out of the 3 were in hospital with 1 in an induced coma and in a life-threatening condition.

    I can imagine that all those that know these people will be severely affected especially emotionally.

    What if we started to take notice of the questions in this blog by Simple Living Global?

    Would we approach drug use differently?

    Would we start to ask the WHY questions?

    Could it be as simple as ‘connection’ being the missing piece and as a result of the missing connection we have these devasting incidents?

    Is there more to drug use than we have been willing to look at?

  43. Evening Standard – 22 January 2018

    A drug-addict driver on Boxing Day had a car crash which killed him and a whole family in Australia.
    Most of us would be quick to assume that the drug addict was young. He was 50.

    How are we ever going to stop this?

    Are we aware of the knock on effect? In other words the lives of all those that will be affected because of those who have died?

    WHY do our laws permit a certain amount of drink or drugs in our system and say that is ok to drive a vehicle when we all know it is clearly not?

    Do we really need to rethink our policy and change the laws when it comes to drugs and that includes alcohol?

    Are we ready to admit that any mind altering substance cannot ever have a limit placed on it as it is going to end up like this?

    WHY is there not a blanket ban across every nation, where we all come together and say any substance that harms our human body is not fit for consumption and there will be consequences?

    Are those who make the policies and stand in authority to blame or can we do our bit?

    Can we all start with EDUCATION and as early as we can, so our kids are well informed of the dangers of drugs?

    Can blogs like this and a website like this full of well researched content be the answer?

    OR are we going to wait for our governments, who will continue to wait for even more scientific research, to keep proving what we all know – Drugs Kill and this news story is confirmation of that fact.

  44. Thank you for this update about Fentanyl RP and all of the other comments on this blog about this drug have been very informative.

    There have been growing concerns about Fentanyl in the UK in particular the numbers that are dying from taking it.

    Fentanyl is dubbed the ‘Drop Dead’ drug because it can cause people to suddenly drop dead without warning.

    One newspaper article that I have read in the Daily Mail dated 5th August 2017, speaks of a father who’s daughter died after she took an overdose. The young lady was a student and was struggling with her mental health. She was dissatisfied with the treatment from local mental health services so she started to self-medicate by ordering Fentanyl on the Internet.

    As you say in your comment RP, Fentanyl is up to 100 times stronger than morphine. I know that I have been given morphine post-surgery and it is a drug that in my experience completely wipes out feelings of pain in an instance, so I cannot imagine what it must feel like to take Fentanyl and then having it every day due to addiction.

    From January – August 2017 the news report states that 60 people in the UK died through taking Fentanyl.

    In 2016, 12 people were killed by a single batch of Fentanyl in Sacramento, California and in Huntingdon, West Virginia there were 27 overdoses within a 4-hour period.

    Back to the UK – the article states that Fentanyl first became prevalent in the North East of England in late 2016 when it was used as a ‘cutting agent’ in batches of heroin.

    Easter 2017 saw 6 deaths in Leeds and Barnsley linked to heroin laced with Fentanyl.
    6 similar deaths were seen in 3 weeks in Stockton-on-Tees and 7 deaths in 8 weeks in Hull.

    Anti-drug charities are concerned that Fentanyl could trigger an epidemic of deaths amongst those who started using heroin in the 80’s and 90’s and became addicted.

    China – the article states that the Chinese have developed 30 types of Fentanyl derivatives including Carfentanil, a tranquiliser designed to be used on elephants and is 100 times stronger than Fentanyl.

    People are also said to be at risk of death by just being around Fentanyl, with a police officer almost dying after touching granules during a raid. What stopped him dying was taking a dose of the Fentanyl anti dote Naloxone.

    There is much more in the newspaper article about individual cases and parents speaking about the loss of their children. This is great cause for concern and this is just one drug.

    Do we all give up and become overwhelmed by these stories and quickly shut our newspapers or stop reading them?

    What will truly make a difference going forward?

    Is it possible that if we are supported to address any unresolved hurts in our own lives, we can start to heal and then offer a different way to humanity – that it is possible to live without hurts and without pain?

  45. The Week – 17 February 2018

    24% of 11 – 15 year olds in England now admit to having tried drugs. That’s a rise of 9% from 4 years ago.

    Is it worth us all contemplating on what Simple Living Global is presenting in this blog?

    Many of us believe that children and teenagers taking drugs is a normal part of their development and it is expected that they will dabble, but what if we did not accept this as normal?

    What if we questioned why our children and teenagers seek drugs?

    What if we spoke with them from an early age about drugs and the ill effects and educated them about drug use?

    Would that enable them to make an informed choice?

    What if as adults we were true role models and lived in a way where no illicit substances are taken and that there is a great degree of regard for the well-being of the human body?

    What if we dealt with our own issues and emotions as adults, so that there is no pull towards drugs and we can then be true inspirations for our children?

    What if our children are crying out to be met for simply who they truly are and the pain of this is what leads them to take drugs?

    What if as adults we deeply cared for and met ourselves?

    Would that provide true role models for our children?

  46. Office for National Statistics

    Deaths related to volatile substances and helium in Great Britain: 2001 to 2016 registrations

    2001 to 2016
    834 deaths VSA
    78% were males

    Important to note – 27% of all volatile substance abuse deaths involve more than one substance and or alcohol.

    For the record – volatile substance abuse is defined by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction as “the deliberate inhalation of volatile compounds to produce psychoactive effects”.
    Volatile substances include, fuel gases, aerosol propellants, some types of industrial glues, nitrous oxide, alkyl nitrites (known as poppers) and some anaesthetics.

    So what on earth is going on here and WHY ?

    Are we asking the right questions?
    Are we waiting around for even more studies?
    Are we looking everywhere but not getting to the root cause of WHY any man would want to take substances not designed for human consumption?

    What is going on in someone’s life that they think it ok to take fuels that we all know are toxic poison and lethal?

    What is it about us that seems to be ok producing more and more statistics but not stop and dig deep into our resources to find out why we have this VSA in society today?

    WHY would we consider to take anything that is going to change rapidly inside us and not know where it will end up?

    Who would do this and WHY?

    How bad must things really be if we want to ingest something that is in an aerosol when our common sense would tell us SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT?

    What is it about us that allows this stuff to go on and not say anything or do anything?

    It would be true to say that most of us would not know how to start or where to start, but could it be possible that by simply bringing up this stuff in conversations next time – we are doing something?

    In other words we are making this type of talk more important than the small chit chat about the weather and just by doing this more will know and more of us will talk.

    Allowing things to just go on and seeing these news stories as more of the ‘same stuff’ gives permission to the ills in society to continue.

    Expressing and making sure we keep the pulse alive by discussions at every meeting and dinner table assures us that we are doing our bit even if it may not seem like much.

    This comment is an example of doing something – activating and presenting that which is known to bring more awareness. Nothing more and nothing less. Job done.

  47. I have often questioned corrupt things that happen in our world and how they occur. I often question whether there are people on the inside of companies and systems that have enabled this to happen.

    This news article from the Metro – 18th April 2018 is a prime example of this –

    A gang of people smuggling drugs into the UK using 2 baggage handlers were jailed.

    Drug laden suitcases that arrived at Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 from Brazil were moved from the international arrivals carousel to the domestic arrivals hall to avoid security checks.

    This was not a one-off event.

    6 times over 15 months, the National Crime Agency intercepted a total of 100 kilos of cocaine with an average of 78.5% purity and a street value of £16,000,000.

    However, there would have been times that the drugs were successfully smuggled. The Judge in the case stated that the street value was at least £32,000,000 but the precise figure may never be known.

    It is reported that corrupt air staff in Brazil loaded bricks of cocaine onto flights. Workers in the UK were then sent photographs and descriptions of the bags to be taken off the international carousel. Couriers would receive a text with a photo of the bags to pick up.

    2 baggage handlers were given hefty prison sentences of 15 and 16 years for conspiring to import the drugs.

    The drugs in question were cocaine, crack cocaine and cannabis.

    Another man was jailed for 20 years.

    It would be very easy to leave it there and point fingers at the staff and other men who were involved, but are we asking WHY this is happening in our world?

    What if these men, that have enabled this to occur in their workplaces, are no different to you and I on the street when we do things without integrity or we live to a standard that we know is less than the Truth and is harming to others, or we are motivated by doing things for self-gain including obtaining money at any cost?

    Are we not also enabling corruption to happen and thus making room for more of these type of events to occur?

  48. Thank you for this stupendous blog.

    I smoked cannabis socially with friends from my mid-teens until my mid-thirties. I never smoked it on my own and I mainly joined in with the drug taking (and this sometimes included cocaine) because that is what everyone else was doing at the party or the gathering, or wherever I was at the time.

    Now, looking back, it is obvious to me that the primary reason behind why I took drugs was because I wanted to fit in with everyone else around me. Therefore, back then, smoking marijuana and snorting cocaine were misguided methods that I used to try to connect to the people around me who were doing drugs.

    I cringe to think of this now, but one element of the whole business of buying and doing drugs that made it attractive to me at the time was the thrill of sharing secrets and something illicit with friends. And this sharing of an illicit secret with friends heightened the sense of closeness I felt to the people I was doing drugs with.

    If I had understood back then that the connection that I really seek is connection within with the real inner me, I would not have indulged in the harmful foolishness of trying to fit in with people or deepen my relationship with others by taking drugs just because they were taking drugs.

  49. Independent – 22 May 2018

    Police Should Target Middle Class Cocaine Users to Cut Violent Crime, Says Senior Officer

    The Operational Policing Lead from the Police Federation said that given the choice between wealthy recreational users and addicts living on estates, he would stop the middle classes buying drugs.

    He is quoted as saying – “If you look at why there is a market for cocaine from South America it is because people who can afford it are buying it and fuelling the problem. Street level users are a problem because they steal to fund their habit, but on their own they will not support an organised crime group. The big market is people with money to spend…”

    In its first Serious Violence Strategy the government named the drug market as one of the key drivers of attacks and murders, amid a 22% increase in knife crime.

    In 2016/17 – 57% of murders were either the victim or the suspect were known to be involved in dealing or using illicit drugs.

    The Operational Policing Lead has said “I think there could be more deterrent for people using drugs recreationally because at the moment there are no consequences. The only way it stops being fun is if the consequences outweigh it.”

    What this Operational Policing Lead is saying is very interesting and whilst I know that people from all ‘classes’ in society use drugs I had not been aware of some of the things he has raised like the lack of consequences.

    Why do we have double standards – penalising and arresting some but not others?

    Why are some people targeted for stop and search and not others?

    Are we basing our actions and implementation of laws on stereotypes, rather than being open and assessing the person in front of us?

    What if whether it is the middle class or it is the man or woman who lives in a poor income area, at the root of the drug use is a lack of true connection – connection with self and others?

    What if this were true?

    Would it make a mockery of our whole class system knowing that both are suffering from the same ill and in truth are seeking the same thing – CONNECTION?

  50. Will removing trainers from drug runners and giving them plimsoles, stop county lines?

    One police force has decided to use this tactic to address the issue.

    With all due respect to our police force who work very hard to deal with serious crime – what would make us think that removing trainers will have any affect?

    County Lines are where drug dealers establish a network between a city and a county area into which drugs are supplied. The deals are carried out over an established mobile phone network and drug runners go between the city and county areas to replenish stock and deliver cash. Violence, intimidation and weapons are used. The homes of vulnerable people are used as a base to deal drugs from. This is known as cuckooning.

    Children and teenagers are often used as drug runners.

    Could it be possible most, if not all drug runners will just find another way – whether it be running with plimsolls, getting new trainers or going bare feet?

    Could it be possible that until the root issue is addressed as to why our youth fall into drug dealing – nothing will change?

    Having worked with vulnerable people for over 10 years, I have seen this situation of cuckooning many times.

    In partnership meetings that I have attended, the police have said that what is paramount as a basis for addressing this issue is that the various police forces in the city and in the county areas work together by co-operating and sharing information.

    They said that the biggest difficulty they have are when police forces don’t work together as this prevents them from identifying those who are running these drugs rackets. It also prevents the safe return of children and young people.

    Taking the attitude that it is not important as the young people who are working as runners are not from their area was the biggest failing.

    Is it possible that by failing to work together we enable the spread of county lines and any other illegal drug activity and thus the abuse of children continues?

    Why do things need to happen on our doorstep before we truly care?

  51. Fentanyl is now being used in lethal injections for the death penalty in the USA.

    However in a recent case, the execution is on hold due to concerns of the use of another drug in the lethal injection mixture. This is all a great dichotomy and if we are to break it down, logically it makes no sense.

    We have one drug called Fentanyl that people are highly addicted to.

    We have people dying in the thousands due to Fentanyl related deaths in the USA.

    It is now classed as an epidemic with countries not knowing what to do, as it is wiping out so many people and then we deliberately use the same drug to kill those who have committed crimes.

    It doesn’t really add up?

    If we were truly concerned about the addiction to Fentanyl and the harm taking this drug does we would seek to wipe it out and place our efforts into finding out why people are increasingly using it, rather than use the same drug to kill those that we have deemed are no longer worthy to live on earth because of the crime they have committed?

    Do these double standards really work?

    Is this an example of why we cannot get to the root cause of this drug epidemic as we are too invested in using drugs when we feel we have ‘good reason to’.

    Rather than seeking solutions through more drug use, would we be more honest if we stopped as a society and admitted that what we have is not working and instead choose to place as our number one priority all of our resources into getting to the root cause of any behaviour, including drug use and any crime?

  52. The Guardian – 28 July 2018

    Cocaine used at middle class parties is helping to fuel drug-related gang violence among young people on the streets.

    The mayor of London said recreational drug use was not a “victimless crime” and he has seen clear evidence of a link between cocaine consumption and rising violence in the capital city.

    So will our calls for action to be taken against people who buy the drug, alongside a crackdown of gang members work?

    Are we on the front foot or have the dealers already got their next plan of action going and we just seem to be catching up?

    Simon Kempton, who leads on drug policy for the Police Federation said middle class drug users were to blame for the drug trade and related violence.

    Street level users are a problem because they steal to fund their habit but on their own they will not support an organised crime group.
    “The big market is people with money to spend and they are often oblivious to the misery they cause because it is not on their doorstep.
    Middle class drug users do not come across the radar of police because they are consuming it behind closed doors.”


    Can we just take a STOP moment and re-read what this kingpin on drug policy has to say as he works for the police?

    This is interesting and to some it may just bring some light on the underworld of drugs that has clearly been off the radar and not in the news.

    We need more awareness of the drug problem and where it stems from and why

    ADD to that we need to get real, as this news story is telling us that middle class – those with money are doing this habit and they get away with it and have no idea of what the suppliers are up to.

    They have money which means they can buy and that’s all. The End.
    There is zero responsibility for how they get their illegal substance.

    What we all need to do now is ask – why would someone of middle class status who has what society would call a good living, need a substance that alters their natural state?

    What on earth is going on in their life that would give rise to taking something that could potentially harm them for life, bring on ill mental health or even kill them?

    We think middle class people are intelligent so why would they be into drugs?

    Could we start conversations around every dinner table simply by saying –

  53. The Week – Issue 1185
    21 July 2018, p.7

    Colombo, Sri Lanka

    ‘Sri Lanka’s president has announced plans to end his country’s 42-year moratorium on executions and start hanging repeat drug offenders, citing the “success” of the Philippines’ brutal war on drugs…Officials say Sri Lanka has become a through-point for smuggled narcotics, which has led to a sharp rise in drug-related crime.’

    Is this really the way to deal with any drug problem?

    If this blog by Simple Living Global is read and contemplated on, we will see that it is presenting that there is more to drug use than we currently understand.

    If we are to ponder on the words of Serge Benhayon about connection – could this offer us great wisdom about what is missing in our world?

    If this is true, that connection is the missing ingredient, then what good is carrying out executions for repeat drug offenders?

    Is the mere fact that the drug offending is repeat telling us that the ‘offenders’ are craving connection?

    Will the executors and all those who endorse this new law be cutting off even further the opportunity for these men and women to have connection by killing them?

    Could those that are involved in making these kinds of decisions be lacking connection too?

    Does it become easy for us to make decisions of this nature, when we are dis-connected?

    I know that when we are connected and feel who we truly are and live in connection with this it is impossible to harm another.

  54. Daily Mail – 11 August 2018

    A young mother has been left unable to walk after her regular use of a party drug caused spinal cord damage called Lichtheim’s disease.

    The woman lost feeling in her body from the chest down after contracting a disease from inhaling nitrous oxide through balloons, also known as laughing gas.

    She had been consuming 15 balloons per weekend and now has to relearn how to walk and use her hands.

    She said “About a month before I was doing a balloon and I got pins and needles in my neck and back. I started feeling numb in my body.”

    Lichtheim’s disease is thought to start when nitrous oxide starves the body of the vitamin B12 by stopping it being properly absorbed. The lack of vitamin B12 damages the fatty sheath protecting nerve fibres in the spinal cord which control movement and sensation. The condition is treated with vitamin B12 injections.

    How many of us can relate to this, whether we take drugs or not that we are getting signs and symptoms in our body, letting us know that something is not right before something major happens?

    Is it because we do not understand what the messages are or because we have a way of living that constantly overrides what is happening in our bodies, so that we are unable to stop and take note?

    Do we know that there are substances that we are taking, both legal and illegal that are doing great harm to our bodies or are we in denial?

    Can we really say that some drugs are good or that we are not ill affected, when we read stories like this, even if we do not have a physical disease?

    Or do we like to hold onto a view that some drugs are good or some of us are left untouched, because it means we can continue with drug taking and ignore our body and the wisdom that otherwise could be communicated?

    1. Thank you Shevon for this comment as I had not heard about this story and it is important to note that this is not your regular drug that most of us know about.

      I was not aware that a party drug – the laughing gas from balloons could lead to such a debilitating effect on the body but if I am honest, of course a gas not designed for human consumption is going to play havoc inside our body.

      My question is – what on earth is going on for anyone who needs to inhale a toxic gas every weekend, in other words become addicted just like any other drug?

      How is their daily life?

      What choices made them get to this point?

      How do we get to the root cause with absolute honesty?

      Are we looking to fix up the problem with a solution?

      Is there more here to consider as when we harm ourselves, there is a bigger picture at play?

      In other words, all of humanity are effected even if one person on the planet is not living in harmony – a true natural state of being.

      I am no halo head and I have done my share of nonsense in the past but I got a wake up call, which was a serious medical condition. That was a point in my life where my body was saying “enough of your wayward behaviour, time to deal with your buried hurts and issues, stop looking for ways to harm yourself and others and get on with it”.

      Well a decade + later, I can say with hand on heart, no drain on our health system whatsoever, that I have made the changes. I take deep care of this body I have – no perfection or striving to be something, but listening to the subtle messages and making adjustments constantly as what worked yesterday, may not work today.

      Furthermore, I know that all this wisdom and another way of living would be a waste of time if I did not share it, so I found a way to support others. This website.

      I have made the commitment and dedication to keep writing and sharing by way of blogs and comments with no hope or wish to have a mass following, but a knowing that this platform holds a space where some may come one day when they ask that question – IS THERE ANOTHER WAY?

  55. Evening Standard News – 23 August 2018

    A shop in the UK was found with 13,500 silver canisters of “hippy crack” which is nitrous oxide and has a street value of £5,620.

    It is illegal to sell or import nitrous oxide because it has psychoactive effects.

    The store has allegedly sold alcohol to people who were drunk.

    So this is a tiny news story and with the amount of money involved, not really a drugs cartel story.

    However, it is not insignificant in content.

    This means that we have suppliers making sure they give us what we demand.

    Before we all finger point, judge and blame these crazy shop owners, let us stop and consider what business would they have if we simply did not ask for alcohol, drugs or any other stimulant that alters our natural state of being?

    It is high time to take the Responsibility back to each and every one of us who makes up this world?

    Drugs of any kind exist to alter our state – so why not ask the question WHY do we need drugs in the first place?

    Is it the honesty of where we are at right now what we need to contemplate, consider and ponder on, or do we blindly go around blaming everyone but us – the people who are asking for it in the first place?

  56. Daily Mail – 25 August 2018

    A new drug called Monkey Dust is ravaging through Stoke on Trent in Staffordshire.

    The drug is said to make people unpredictable, makes them feel invincible, strong and numb to pain.

    One officer said restraining a Monkey Dust user was like tackling Incredible Hulk.

    Users have scaled buildings, leapt off roofs and run naked through the streets.
    They believe that they are being chased by demons and paedophiles.

    Dust users have been reported to have attacked innocent bystanders, stabbed people, smashed down doors with their hands and in at least two cases committed rape.

    Several people have also died from taking the drug.

    One case describes a man in his mid-thirties who after taking monkey dust went over to the busy A50, climbed over a safety barrier and whilst weaving through heavy oncoming evening traffic, was knocked down and killed by a lorry.

    Staffordshire Police have been hit with 950 Monkey Dust related calls in the 3 months preceding this news article. That’s an average of 10 calls per day.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service has received more than 500 monkey dust calls in the past 2 years. 25% came in the 3 months preceding this news story.

    One paramedic said:

    ‘This sort of thing is happening daily and it’s getting worse. I’ve been in this job 15 years and I’ve seen every type of drug. But this is totally different. There is no appealing to reason. When you are shut in the back of the ambulance with them it’s really scary’

    Talking about the unpredictable nature of the behaviour she said:

    ‘One man was lying on the floor and appeared to be unconscious. But then he suddenly jumped up and started behaving like he was superhuman.’

    Monkey dust can be injected, snorted or swallowed. It’s 5 times cheaper than heroin.

    One person spoke of breaking both their ankles and the bones in their feet by jumping from the 2nd floor window of a flat.

    Head of CID, Detective Chief Superintendent Javid Oomer, points out that synthetic drugs, derived from khat, widely used in East African countries and with an almost identical chemical make-up, to monkey dust has been on Britain’s streets since 2013.

    However, MDPHP (monkey dust), a variant of such drugs has only surfaced in 2015 in Britain.

    In USA stories started appearing several years ago of people biting their victim’s faces whilst using monkey dust.

    What happens to us when we take drugs that alter our natural state and allows the kinds of atrocities described above to happen?

    What is it about the world that we live in today that there is a desire for more new drugs?

    Are we taking note of the harm that is being done to the human being and our body from these clearly harmful substances?

    What will it take for us to wake up to the fact that drugs are harmfull no matter what shape or form they come in and in truth are not designed to support the human being at all.

    Is it possible that drugs are designed to retard our awareness and growth, so that we are unable to connect to who we truly are?

  57. The Guardian – 1 September 2018

    New study, starting 3rd September will seek to establish whether microdosing with the drug LSD has benefits – or whether the perceived positive effects are all in the mind.

    Microdosing using psychedelic drugs – either LSD or magic mushrooms – is said to have become very popular, especially with people working in the California digital tech world, some of whom are said to take a tiny amount one or more days a week as part of their routine before heading to work. Users in Silicon Valley claim it sharpens their thinking and enhances creativity while others believe it lifts the fog of depression.

    Microdosers tend to use tiny amounts of LSD – as little as one-fifteenth of a tab – or of psilocybin, the active ingredient in magic mushrooms.

    The new research will be conducted by a foundation which was set up to pioneer research into mind-altering substances.

    The study leader, said it will be unique. Because the cost and the illegality of LSD could make a conventional study prohibitively expensive, he has hit on a way of running it by inviting those who already microdose to join a “self-blinded” study. They will take either what they usually use in a capsule or an identical dummy capsule, without knowing which is which. Participants will complete questionnaires and tests, and play cognitive games online. Only at the end will they learn whether they were happy and focused because of LSD or because they thought they were using that substance.

    The Swiss scientist Albert Hoffmann, who first synthesized LSD in 1936 and began taking it years later was said to have microdosed in his old age. Those who do it talk of a sense of flow and focus with none of the extreme hallucinogenic sensations associated with the drug.

    Here are a few quotes –
    “If you go online there are hundreds and hundreds of people expressing very positive outcomes…”

    “…People have reported that it has lifted their depression, while others say it makes them feel more excited about their work…”

    What if there is a natural way to lift us out of the fog of depression and have thoughts with clarity and sharpness, without the needs for a pill or any drug?

    What if this all has something to do with the way that we are living and our commitment to life?

    What if there is a natural flow of energy from our kidneys when we are committed to life and this supports a sharp mind and true creativity?

    What if there is something missing in our day to day life that leads us to take this type of illicit substance?

    What happens to the human body and the human being long-term after taking this substance on a daily basis, no matter how small the dosage is?

    Is this being studied?

    What if the author of this blog and founder of this website – Simple Living Global – were assessed and studied for sharpness, focus and true creativity – what would we find?

    I know just from reading this website that the founder is pouring with all of the above qualities, far beyond what any mind-altering substance could produce and so the big question is –

    Why are we choosing to place more money into researching the effects of this drug, when there are people in this world who live free of any illicit substances, who are vital, free from mental illness and live joyfully every day?

    Does this seem too good to be true or is it possible that if we turned our attention to those that are truly living a healthy life, it would expose that all of the research trials that we have been investing in, have all been a waste of time, effort and energy?

    1. More on this topic –

      The Times Magazine – 1 September 2018

      Could You Treat Your Depression by Tripping on Magic Mushrooms?

      This article goes into more discussion on this topic and what I found interesting was this information below on the facts –

      There are essentially 3 kinds of psychedelic drugs, which variously induce hallucinations and “altered” states of being. The first, artificially manufactured, is LSD – lysergic acid diethylamide…The second are naturally occurring but exotic hallucinogenics found in various animals and plants from toads to cacti, usually in South and Central America. The third is psilocybin, produced in more than 200 species of mushrooms and most commonly farmed in countries such as the Netherlands…

      So it begs the question – why are we so insistent that a drug that induces ‘ hallucinations and “altered” states of being’ can in any way shape, or form be of benefit to us?

      Why do we insist that if something has origins from a plant or is plant based, then it must be good for us and have healing properties?

      Why are we chasing these altered states of being and are we trying to escape something in our day to day lives, by seeking this high?

      What will it take for us to really and truly start to questions our actions and the next fix that we are chasing and ask the question – WHY?

  58. The Guardian Weekend – 24 November 2018

    Gamma-hydroxybutyrate – or GHB as it is commonly known, was first synthesised for use as an anaesthetic in the 1960s and has since been used variously as a treatment for narcolepsy and in the 1980s as a fat-burner and muscle builder. By the early 2000s, word that it could induce euphoria had spread and it began to appear more frequently as “liquid ecstasy”. Unlike many other party drugs, GHB can be made in the UK with the right mix of industrial chemicals and most dealers can be found online.

    On a neurological level, GHB works in a similar way to depressants such as alcohol and medicines from the benzodiazepine group, such as diazepam and lorazepam.

    It can be found in powder form, but more usually as an odourless, colourless, slightly salty liquid that prompts a brief, powerful euphoria. When the dosage is ‘wrong’ or when it’s mixed with another central nervous system depressant such as alcohol, GHB can put the user into a coma in a matter of minutes.

    For some partygoers ‘G’ makes sense – no sugar, no calories and no hangover.

    GHB’s popularity among young women and clubbers in general marks the third stage of its evolution as a drug.

    First it was known as a potent and dangerous date rape drug, slipped into people’s drinks.

    Then it became popular at chemsex parties.

    Now it’s increasingly popular with young clubbers, all over Europe.

    According to data given to the Guardian by the 2018’s Global Drug Survey, out of 1,000 GHB users 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men overdosed in the 12 months up to December 2018.

    Adam Winstock – psychiatrist and founder of the survey said –
    “That’s a staggering rate of overdose compared with other recreational substance. GHB terrifies me as a specialist. It sits in a risk category all of its own, way above other party drugs. The fact the users fall into unrousable states is incredibly dangerous. They’re not only vulnerable to assault, they might stop breathing altogether.”

    Some argue that GHB is harder to withdraw from than heroin.
    Harmen Beurmanjer – leading GHB researcher based at Novadic-Kentron, a drug rehabilitation centre in the Netherlands says –
    “It starts with shaking, then anxiety, paranoia and finally complete delirium. You cannot withdraw alone; you need medical attention and withdrawal symptoms happen very quickly. A person will have entered delirium within 6 hours.”

    Some pay as little as 30p a dose for GHB.

    Beurmanjer states that the rise in GHB’s popularity is because it is cheap. He has many female patients who started because it is a dose of liquid confidence. “It won’t cure your anxiety”, he says “it’s just that you don’t feel it when you’re on GHB. And they become addicted so fast because they feel great. But when they quit they say ‘I feel like I’ve lost part of my personality. With GHB I know how to talk to people, I can be my best self – without GHB, I’m afraid of everything.’”

    In the short term it makes users feel invincible, in the longer term it leads to an increase of anxiety and depression.

    Beurmanjer continues “GHB takes over your emotional regulation system. So when you come off it, you realise you can’t cope with your emotions properly.”

    GHB addicts are given therapy and pharmaceutical grade GHB in decreasing doses to wean them off slowly and avoid physical withdrawal.

    November 2018 – Research published by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) said that abusing GHB can damage long-term memory, working memory and cognitive function.

    One 21 year old biochemistry student described as clever and extroverted with a buzzing social life, died through taking GHB at a chemsex party. He arrived at the party 4am, by 5.45am when the ambulance arrived he had already suffered a cardiac arrest. Whilst paramedics were able to restart his heart, his brain had been starved of oxygen for too long and he never recovered. He died in hospital 2 days later.

    So this is one drug and we have a snapshot here of the history, current usage and the devastating effects of this drug.

    The question arises – Is it worth it?

    Are we willing to weigh up the consequences of taking this drug or are we happy believing that it won’t happen to us, so it does not matter?

    What is it about our everyday lives that we are wanting to escape from by using these deadly drugs?

    Have we asked why our young professionals are using these drugs?

    When I read about teachers and social workers for example using GHB in their recreational time, it is deeply disturbing.

    Is it possible for a social worker, who is dealing with safeguarding children to really do their job, if they are taking substances that alter their natural state?

    How alert and perceptive can they be, if they are using illicit drugs?

    How confidence boosting is any substance if any user is reliant on it?

    Is it possible that true confidence that is sustainable and natural can only come from within and not from any external product?

  59. A comment posted above in February 2018 quotes this –
    24% of 11 – 15 year olds in England now admit to having tried drugs.

    Today is the start of Children’s Mental Health Week in UK and I just stopped to think about this statistic which is now out of date.

    So what is the real figure today and is anyone really interested?

    Do we want to get involved with the ‘fun’ aspect of any awareness campaign or do we really want to ask serious questions and start with SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT?

    Joining the dots with all the research and reading I do consistently, I have come to realise that our kids are not doing great and it feels like there is a void in their lives and so to fill it they find ways and in this case, trying drugs.

    We all know drugs are even more accessible now and easy as ordering a pizza.

    There is the thing to fit in and look cool and for others it just helps to take the pain away of the agony and misery that is there and does not want to be felt.

    So in comes the drug to do exactly that – alter our natural state, numb whatever feelings we don’t want and forget about everything in that moment.

    Was it worth it?

    Did it last?

    Do we want more of the same to get that feeling we had when we took the drug?

    Have we become dependent on this and do we crave this substance?

    Is this what leads to us to try other types of drugs, without ever knowing the real harmfull consequences?

    Is this dependency on drugs as a teenager leading us to want more and to pay for it we have to do things that are dangerous?

    Do our children who are involved in drugs end up working for the real drug dealers?

    Are we all aware of what county lines are about?

    I am no medic but I have studied extensively and more to the point I have worked with many many people who have taken drugs or continue to do so.
    This real life experience that we call ‘anecdotal’ is priceless if you ask me.

    It holds the key to so much wisdom that we could bring to the world.
    It is from these real life interactions, observing others, their movements and having conversations, which have real quality of communication, that I have been able to take note and express by way of writing.

    This comment, this blog and this website are confirmation of this fact.


    Independent – 14 March 2019

    A study examining traces of the cocaine in sewage across the continent has named Bristol the cocaine capital of Europe.

    Researchers analysed wastewater in 2018
    73 cities | 20 European countries | 46 million population

    As well as cocaine the wastewater was examined for traces of amphetamine and methamphetamine.

    The findings pointed to increases in several locations for MDMA.

    According to the report, methamphetamine, which has historically been concentrated in Czech Republic and Slovakia, now also appears to be present in Cyprus, East Germany, Spain and Northern Europe.

    The unsurprising conclusion was MDMA and cocaine use rises sharply at weekends in most cities.

    It does not require any formal qualifications to work this one out.

    What we can all agree with is SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

    A large study is speaking to us that there is high drug use under our nose (pun intended) yet most of us are unaware. In other words, we are not smelling and sniffing out that something is going on where we live in our city.

    So what is going on for us in the week that gives rise to drugs at weekends?
    What type of lifestyle choices are we subscribing to and is it worth it?

    Has anyone thought that perhaps the old way of alcohol and tobacco is no longer cutting it and we need stronger and potent substances to do the job of numbing us and giving us an altered state of being?

    It is high time we read this blog, all other blogs on this website and the thousands of comments posted thus far that are saying – we need to talk about these topics and consider if there is another way, because things are getting worse, all over the world and not just in Europe?

    1. Independent – 19 May 2019

      Cocaine Use Doubled in Britain in Five Years and Purity Levels at Record High

      As a follow on to your comment Simple Living Global, we have another news article from the Independent which gives us an update on this subject.

      Cocaine use in Britain has more than doubled in 5 years and the purity of the drug has reached a record high, an analysis of waste water has shown.

      The analysis, carried out by forensic scientists at King’s College, London shows London and Bristol are in the top 5 cities with the highest use of the Class A drug in Europe alongside Barcelona, Antwerp, Zurich and Amsterdam.

      London is one of the few cities in Europe where consumption of the drug is almost as high during the week as at weekends. The analysis also suggests 1 in every 50 people in London take the drug every day.

      The purity of cocaine has mostly risen due to increased supply and production in Latin America. There are cartels operating in the UK to off-load that excess supply.
      Dr. Leon Barron – Forensic Scientist
      Kings College, London

      Concentrations of cocaine in waste water –
      900 milligrams per 1000 of the population per day.
      This rose from 392 milligrams per 1000 in 2011.

      In research conducted by Kings College Hospital in collaboration with the University of Suffolk, cocaine was found present in 100% of the freshwater shrimp samples tested in British waterways.

      This is very serious – what is going on?

      Why is the use of cocaine increasing?

      The fact that in one city consumption is almost as high during the week as it is on weekends is saying something.

      According to Frank, a UK Government funded website

      Cocaine makes use feel:

      Wide Awake
      On top of our game

      It also –

      Makes our heart beat faster
      Raises our body temperature so we feel hot
      Stops us feeling hungry
      Makes us feel sick
      Makes us need a poo
      Creates anxiety and a feeling of panic
      Induces paranoia and
      Makes us so confident that we do things that we wouldn’t normally do including risky behaviour

      Is it time that we stopped to ask – why we need a drug to feel all of the above?

      What is it about human life that does not enable us to feel full of vitality and content about who we are?

      Is it possible that we are hindering a feeling of settlement within through the dis-harmonious way we are living?

      Is the way we are living causing us to seek substances that give us a high and ‘takes us away’ to forget and escape daily life?

      If we are honest are more and more of us struggling with day to day life?

      Is it possible that we are not living who we truly are and this causes us to seek outside of ourselves for any stimulant we can find?

  61. Gram of cocaine can be delivered quicker than it takes to get served in a busy bar, this article from MixMag says

    Deliveries happening as quick as 20 minutes.

    High level dealers can call an encrypted number and order any amount up to kilograms of cocaine for instant courier despatch.

    Taxis are also being used as mobile drug premises with passengers using the taxis to take them to various destinations to deliver packages.

    Today, there is more cocaine being produced than ever and purity is described as ‘unprecedentedly high’, according to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction.

    There is more than double the amount of ‘pure’ cocaine being produced in Latin America compared to 10 years ago.

    2018 – 1,379 metric tonnes of cocaine was reported to have been produced in the year.

    Port in Antwerp, Belgium seized 50 tonnes of cocaine.

    Cocaine use has doubled amongst the young, according to Home Office statistics.

    London, UK
    One dealer says he ‘has never been so busy’.

    Friday nights are reported to be the busiest.

    Earns £150,000 a year tax free for about 14 hours of work per week.

    Does any of this make sense?

    We might want to blame the governments, etc. but what if a trade can only thrive if the consumers demand it?

    Why are we demanding more illicit drugs?

    What is it about human life that we are trying to escape from?

    Where will we end up if we continue in this way?

    Cocaine deaths have risen to the highest level ever recorded in the UK –
    432 people died, nearly quadruple the number that died in 2011.

    Something is not right here and whilst some of us may see this all as just a bit of fun, the cost to human life, as evidenced by the statistics are deadly.

  62. The Times – 27 March 2019

    The Metropolitan Police Commissioner is saying that knife crime is the worst she has seen and that drugs are “the root of it all”.

    Last year knife killings were the highest since records began in 1946.

    Are we paying attention to the Head of Scotland Yard when she said “drug purity was strong, prices were not rising and demand had grown.”?

    She blamed “aggressive and entrepreneurial people out there who are using young people and vulnerable people in all sorts of ways to make maximum amounts of money”.

    She thinks that serious violence is affecting young people and it is far less in terms of addiction and the acquisitive crime and far more about the market and the availability.

    A Chief Constable is saying that the best knife crime prevention technique is to run away as fast as you can.

    The Director General of Operations for the National Crime Agency said that the purity and street prices of drugs were unaffected by large seizures, either at the border or en route to the UK.

    He said there had been an increase of 80% in production of heroin in Afghanistan in recent years and that Columbian cocaine production had more than doubled and that the link between serious violence and drugs is clear.

    Here is confirmation that those in positions to report back to the public are telling us about the direct correlation of drugs and violence. This is a fact and we cannot negate this.

    Are we on the front foot or are we still looking to solutions to deal with this major problem, which was once very rare in the UK?

    If we take note of the production increase – this alone is staggering and speaking volumes to us.

    80% more of a drug being produced tells us demand is very high and the suppliers are on the front foot because they are getting it to the customers even though the whole trade is illegal.

    So do we need to be asking more questions?

    How can we have such tight border controls and policing going on if large amounts are being supplied – there has to be more that we are choosing not to be aware of?

    If we simply join the dots it is clear – SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT

    If we read any blog on this website related to drugs, we get the same message – It alters our natural state and that means something inside us changes.

    So what exactly is it that changes?

    WHY are we taking the drug in the first place?

    What happens to our behaviour when we take drugs?
    What goes on inside our mind and what thoughts are we getting?
    What are we acting on when we have these thoughts entering?

    WHY are drugs so addictive and why is there no real education about this?

    WHY are we not bringing awareness to young children and adolescents about the dangers of drugs, the stats and the facts, so they KNOW exactly what it is way before they make a choice to take drugs or not?

    Without asking questions, we are never going to get to the root of WHY we have drugs and violence on our streets at epidemic levels that are rising by the day.

    Is this a wake up call for one nation or for ALL of us regardless of what country we live in?

  63. I had an interesting conversation with a man from Ireland who made the choice to leave his homeland because he realised he did not want to live a life of drugs.
    He was clear that he did not want drugs and alcohol in his life, going forward.

    He said all his mates were deeply unhappy with their jobs and needed an escape so cocaine, ecstasy and alcohol were the combo at weekends but it got out of hand very quickly and most are now fighting addiction.

    What is amazing is this is a living science – a man in the neighbourhood talking openly about his take on why so called ‘normal’ young men were hooked on drugs and they had jobs so most of us think they must be ok.

    What if we paid more attention to what people have to say – those who have lived it, seen it, been there and done it? Surely they have some great anecdotal evidence that beats any laboratory or double blind tested stuff with a hypothesis.

    This 32 year old man was certain that drugs are easily accessible and every guy back in his homeland that he knows takes drugs. He told me they make a choice to do it and they could easily make a choice to get out of it.

    If we are going to be honest, does this type of drug taking ever get recorded and are we really churning out accurate research statistics about the drug epidemic that is facing the whole world?

    People who work and hold down jobs that society deem as doing good are taking drugs.

    Where will this end and when, if we continue to turn a blind eye to what is really going on under our nose, in our street, neighbourhood, community, town, city, country and beyond?

    What is our Responsibility – those of us who are not in the cycle of drugs?

  64. Euro News – 7 June 2019

    A European drug agency says it is seizing record quantities of increasingly pure cocaine and have warned of the potential ‘uberisation’ of the drug trade, as more people use smartphones.

    140 tonnes cocaine seized by authorities in 2017 – doubled from previous year.

    The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA)’s annual report (2019) on the trends and developments in the drug market, warned there was drug trafficking on social media and darknet markets, where cocaine dealers use online ‘call centres’ to deliver drugs to users online orders.

    The report warned this could lead to the “potential ‘Uberisation’ of the drug trade, making it resemble the American ‘ride-sharing’ company, when users can book a nearby taxi from an app on their phone.

    The agency warned these trends “are indicative of a competitive market, in which sellers compete by offering additional services beyond the product itself.”

    The following is taken from the video on this news story link –

    Cocaine seizures are at record levels
    Cocaine purity at street level reached highest level in a decade
    Growth in large-volume trafficking is a major challenge
    Entrepreneurship can be seen in innovative distribution methods
    Cocaine is the most commonly used illicit stimulant drug
    Wastewater analysis reveals increases in cocaine metabolites in 22 of 38 cities
    Treatment needs for cocaine problems seem to be growing
    There are indications of changes in heroin market

    The quantity of heroin seized increased
    Heroin labs detected in Europe and more precursor chemicals seized
    Heroin is still the most common illicit Opioid on the drug market
    People who inject are at risk of contracting infectious diseases
    New Synthetic Opioids are a growing concern
    They have been linked with poisonings and deaths
    Only small amounts are needed to produce 1000s of street doses

    Six highly potent fentanyl derivatives were detected in Europe last year

    Cannabis is the most widely used and seized drug in Europe
    THC content in herbal cannabis and resin has doubled over the last decade
    This raises concerns about potential harms
    Cannabis is now the most commonly named substance when entering treatment for the first time
    New cannabis products add to the challenges in a complex policy area
    Cannabis products from international legal markets are now appearing in Europe
    And low strength cannabis products are being sold in health food or specialist shops

    Europe’s role in synthetic drug production is growing
    New substances are being used to make chemicals needed for synthetic drug production

    21 MDMA labs were dismantled in the EU, producing large volumes for EU consumption and export

    MDMA content in ecstasy tablets has reached a 10 year high

    Dear World

    Here we have once again more ‘evidence’ confirming that our drug use is on the rise with no signs of slowing down. Like other places in the world, Europe is not in anyway free of drugs. In fact, the high volumes we can glean from this news story tells us the demand from us, yes us – those that seek these drugs of choice are the reason why we have this type of news reporting.

    How come no one yet is talking about WHY anyone chooses to take drugs in the first place and what on earth is going on with them that they want a mind altering substance?

    What if we start a conversation by saying SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT and then get honest and see where that takes us all?

    If we pretend this is not happening, or it is over there in another part of the world – we may just be posing a reductionist view and missing the point that we are all accountable and responsible for what goes on in our planet.

    Seeking to escape with drugs or a mission on Mars is not the answer and we do all know that.

    Time we got honest and admitted the reality of the mess we have created on this plane of life, as things are certainly not great or worth championing and celebrating if this is what our drug use is currently, in one part of the world.

  65. Metro News – 24 June 2019

    A teenager has died after taking ecstasy and cannabis after a gathering with friends.

    The police want to warn others of the dangers and potential risks of taking drugs.

    How many more of these news stories are we going to hear?

    Is campaigning going to be enough or do we need to look for another way?

    Can real education be presented at schools from day dot to bring awareness to our kids and young teenagers, so they fully understand exactly what different drugs do to the mind and body?

    This website holds many facts, stats and questions for the reader to consider about substances including alcohol, amphetamines and cannabis.

    What if we could do research studies to see if real education works and the impact it can have if we bring it in at an early age?

    What if we need to educate parents and guardians too as they also have a responsibility?

    If a teenager is addicted to nicotine, cannabis or other drugs, will this tragic death stop them and if it does, is it that simple and easy to do so?

    Anyone who has studied drugs would tell us that dependency on these substances is fast and we need more of the same to get the feeling we want.

    This means more drugs, which then leads to other drugs and in some cases a whole mix of drugs with alcohol. All poison to the mind and body.

    Whilst we have legal limits and different opinions about what drugs are ok to use and not use, we will continue to remain divided about our war on drugs, as it has been called in the past.

    In truth, the only change we have had are things have escalated and got much worse.

  66. Independent – 15 August 2019

    Drug deaths in England and Wales have hit a record high with around 56 people dying every week from illicit substances.

    In 2018 there were 4,359 deaths related to drug poisoning – the highest number since records began in 1993.

    The above figures also mark the highest annual increase with deaths increasing by 16% from 2017 – 2018.

    Opiates such as heroin and morphine continued to be the most frequently mentioned substance.

    Drug poisoning in both males and females have increased.

    Deaths involving cocaine doubled between 2015 – 2018 to their highest level.

    The numbers that died involving new psychoactive substances (formerly known as legal highs) has increased.

    MDMA deaths are at their highest ever.

    This is not just an issue affecting the UK with a similar news story published in March 2019 in USA Today –

    U.S Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide Hit Highest Level Since Record Keeping Began

    So the question that arises is – are our governments to blame?

    Is figure pointing the answer?

    Is anyone to blame or would we benefit from adopting a different approach when looking at the drugs epidemic?

    What if it would be wise for us to question why there has been such an increase in people using drugs and dying from drug use?

    Are we willing to understand the root cause of why any of us turn to drugs in the first place?

    Is it worth us all asking the questions raised in this blog by Simple Living Global?

    Would this open us up to consider the wisdom shared above by Serge Benhayon?

    Is it possible that connection is the answer?

    Are we willing and ready to truly understand what this means?

    Would this mean we would need to change the way that we live and what we all see as priorities in our lives?

    Could this make a true difference?

  67. Council on Foreign Relations – 22 October 2019

    Violence continues to rage in Mexico more than a decade after the former president launched a crackdown on drug cartels.

    Mexican drug cartels are leading suppliers of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other illicit narcotics to the United States.

    Mexican cartels are also leading manufacturers of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid many times more potent than heroin. U.S. seizures of this drug has soared in recent years.

    The cartels also produce and smuggle vast quantities of marijuana into the United States but legalization of the drug in some states and in Canada has pushed Drug Trafficking Organizations to refocus on harder drugs, such as heroin, whose demand has skyrocketed with the rise of the U.S. opioid epidemic.

    The cartels and the drug traded fuel violence in Mexico, contributing to tens of thousands of homicides every year.

    Since 2006 when Mexico launched a war on the cartels, the United States has provided it with billions of dollars in security and counter narcotics assistance.

    The country has seen over 300,000 homicides since antidrug campaigns began in 2006.

    2018 homicides linked to drug cartels is a new high – 36,000.
    2019 the trend continued with 90 murders everyday.

    It now gets more serious so pay attention – read and re-read what is being presented here.
    In Mexico, cartels pay off judges, police, politicians and other officials using their vast drug profits, which the U.S. government estimates to be worth tens of billions of dollars per year.

    The government of the United States, despite waging a “war on drugs” and conducting other counternarcotics efforts abroad, has made little progress in reducing the demand for illegal drugs.

    2016 – Americans spent $150 billion on cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, which was 50% more than in 2010.

    Meanwhile, growing use of synthetic opioids, including fentanyl, has led to a public health crisis.
    90% of lethal drugs in the United States come from Mexico.

    Most of the illicit drugs from Mexico are smuggled into the United States through over 300 ports of entry or legal crossings, which are controlled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

    Traffickers hide or disguise drugs in passenger vehicles, tractor trailers, buses and cargo trains.
    In recent years, cartels have also used drones to transport contraband.

    Once in the United States, traffickers deliver drugs to smaller local groups and street gangs – mainly composed of Mexican nationals or U.S. citizens of Mexican descent, who manage retail-level distribution in cities throughout the country.

    This news article expands on even more…
    The toll on human rights – for example 37,000 people missing since 2006 remains a mystery.
    How is that possible and how has this happened?

    Even after a $3 billion handout Mexico has yet to root out government corruption and dismantle violent criminal networks.

    What is needed?
    Will a great wall do the job or deploying more personnel and latest surveillance technologies?

    The Trump administration announced in December 2018 a program with Mexico to stem irregular migration and narcotics trafficking, pledging more than $4 billion.

    Enough said, our war on drugs is getting us nowhere and the above confirms this and so does history because wars are not the answer. We cannot fight or go into combat, as we are in a losing battle from the start.

    WHY has no one asked about those that buy the drug?
    In other words, the consumers, the punters, the customers who want the self medication that fuels the drug industry.
    Let’s get real – the drug cartels exist because we, those that make the demand put them there.

    Stop taking the drugs, buying the drugs or dealing in drugs and the market ceases.

    Imagine if $4 billion and the rest that our world spends on fighting drugs went towards real education so we stop future generations going anywhere near drugs, helping those that are ready to take responsibility, do the rehab needed, come off their addictive wagon and get a proper reality check and that means a drug free life.

    We seem to be content pumping money into the fight but what if we don’t need to fight as the very answer is simple economics – supply and demand. Stop the demand and there will be no need for suppliers to profit. We cannot blame them when we have a hand in what is going on.

  68. Talking to the taxi driver today, he told me that he picked up 3 young people from the city at night and the female jumped in the front passenger seat and started kissing him.

    He pushed her off and asked had she been drinking vodka or whiskey as it was wild behaviour and he immediately associated it with alcohol.

    She said alcohol for a night out bingeing would cost £40 – £50 and this party pill she popped cost her £5 and gives her crazy thoughts and puts her in a wild state for over 6 hours so it’s much cheaper.

    So here is real life talk about what is going on in our towns and cities.
    We can turn a blind eye but if we look at the comment above from Shevon Simon who quotes that drug poisoning has increased and all the other facts stated, we can be left in no doubt that SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

    These party drugs serve a purpose for these young people.
    So alcohol is too costly and they find a solution – another way.
    At no point is the harm considered or what the consequences could be by taking poison to achieve an altered state.

    Without judgement, could we respectfully ask the question –

    What is going on for a young member of our society where they have the need to take a party popper because it’s cheap and they get what they want – the mind altering state of being which removes them from the reality of real life?

    ADD to that their behaviour does affect others and it is clear it is not them.

    So what is it that gets inside us and behaves in an ugly way that we call wild and crazy?

    What about the taxi driver who still seems shaken by this mad moment, where he cannot make any sense of this as he does not understand WHY someone would do that intentionally to get a high?

    We have a serious drug problem in this world and we are far far from solving it and our solutions are not working. Fact.

    There is a whole under the radar dark world dealing with drugs and it’s a huge industry right under our nose, but most of us prefer not to talk about that kind of stuff.

    Campaigning and thinking we are nailing it has not got us on the front foot.

    We need a world AGM and everyone has to do their bit and contribute by talking and keep talking and having conversations until we knock out the ill movements that get any of us into an altered state.

    Talking will get things exposed in our neighbourhoods, in our communities, in our towns, in our cities and in our countries. Then we can unite, join the dots, apply good old fashion common sense and understanding of what is really going on, that up until now we made a choice to ignore.

    Let’s bring this ugly stuff out into the light.

    Let’s enrol real role models – those who walk the talk and talk the walk.

    Let’s make sure these role models are living a transparency in their private life same as their professional life for a decade plus before we even consider them.

    Let’s feel the quality of people who are in it to genuinely support humanity and not just want to get identification, recognition or creditation for their good work.

    Let’s ensure our future role models are living in a way everyday that reflects what life will be like and is possible for the future.

    Let us know and feel that this is possible, as there are those who live in this way among us in the community and it is for us to observe them first and then make the movements to seek their wisdom and guidance so that we can turn the tides for mankind once and for all.

  69. Daily Mail – 26th October 2019

    Epidemic of Drug Driving

    Britain is in the grip of a drug driving epidemic with more than 60 people a day being banned from the roads.

    Nearly 20,000 motorists were convicted over the last year for being under the influence of drugs – almost four times as many as previous years according to figures from the Driver and Licensing Agency (DVLA).

    Among them were 44 teenagers aged 15 and 16 who were caught high on drugs at the wheel even before they could sit their driving tests. A further 201 newly qualified drivers were also caught drug driving at the age of 17.

    Six people were disqualified after killing someone while driving under the influences of substances including cocaine and cannabis.

    The data from DVLA does not show whether a jail sentence was imposed but some of those who killed while driving under the influence of drugs escaped with a four-year driving ban.

    The DVLA data suggests drivers in their late twenties are the worst offenders, with 25 being the most common age for disqualification for drug driving. But it isn’t just young people being caught – 78 drivers over 60 were prosecuted for failing drug tests with the eldest driver banned being a 74-year old woman.

    In 2015, drug driving became a specific criminal offence. In the first year of the new law, more than half of drivers stopped on suspicion of taking drugs failed roadside tests. A police survey showed that officers in 26 forces had carried out 5,857 roadside drug tests with 3,718 testing positive in the 12 months to February 2016.

    Last year the Daily Mail revealed how accidents involving drug drivers had also risen by more than 50 per cent in a year.

    Motorists convicted of drug driving face the same penalty as drink drivers – a minimum ban of a year, unlimited fine and up to six months in prison, though few are jailed.

    There is no difference whether we are inebriated from drugs or alcohol – both of these take us away from our natural state and impair our normal sensory functions and the potential harm is evident for all to see.

    Drugs have been around for a very long time so I find it difficult to comprehend why drug driving has only been a specific criminal offence since 2015.

    It is clear from the DVLA statistics that age is no barrier to drug taking.

    Why is drug driving on the rise?

    Are we changing one harm-full substance for another?

    Is it possible that we believe taking drugs and driving is not as bad as drink driving?

    Just like drink driving, drug driving is illegal for a reason.

    Where is our responsibility in knowing we are ingesting a substance that has the potential to, through our actions, injure someone or worse kill?

  70. Euro News – 12 March 2020

    Europeans are taking more cocaine and MDMA than ever, according to a new study.
    New data released by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction (EMCDA) from April 2019 has revealed a surge, across Europe in the use of MDMA – the active ingredient in ecstasy.

    The study analysed the wastewater of 49 million people across Europe.

    Of 42 cities surveyed, 23 saw an increase in residues of MDMA in wastewater, suggesting that what was once “a niche or subcultural drug limited to dance clubs and parties is now being used by a broader range of young people in mainstream nightlife settings” EMCDA said.

    Of 45 cities surveyed for cocaine use, increases were found in 27, with Belgium, the Netherlands, UK and Spain among the top ten. The city with the highest cocaine use was Antwerp in Belgium with 1,275.7 mg per 1,000 people per day found in its wastewater in 2019.

    Crystal Methamphetamine
    The study also tested for use of amphetamines and methamphetamines – also known as “crystal meth”. The highest concentrations of the former were in Sweden, with Stockholm and Gavle top of the list, while the use of methamphetamines was most common in the Czech Republic and Germany.
    “We are seeing lots of shipments of cocaine being seized in Antwerp because they have a large port, so the drug is available there, which must be one of the reasons. We are seeing an increase in cocaine use in Belgium overall,” Joao Matias, scientific analyst, at the EMCDA told Euronews.
    Equally, he said, a trend has tended to be that while in southern Europe cocaine is more prevalent, in northern Europe amphetamines are more common.

    European Monitoring Centre for Drug and Drug Addiction
    Waste analysis and drugs – a European multi-city study

  71. International Business Times – 26 March 2020

    At the very end of this news story it says there is currently a question of how millions of recreational drug users are coping during the pandemic, when supplies may become difficult.

    A 24 year old student who of course wants to remain anonymous says that at the beginning of the lockdown there were almost no dealers moving around but they have reorganized.
    ‘You have to order the day before, in larger quantities and the dealers have resumed business.’

    This in itself speaks volumes and is a clear confirmation that our demand for drugs is not going away, regardless of what is going on in our world. Even a lockdown in a global pandemic will have dealers undercover but not for long – they find another way and its business as usual. In fact with the ordering of larger quantities they stand to profit even more.

    Next – what is the real state of our world if someone in their early 20’s is doing drugs?
    When we read statistics, do we really get the full picture as many will be hiding and not saying ‘count me in as a drug user’?

    As a race of beings we are so off the mark from our natural state and our addiction to drugs confirms this.

  72. INTERPOL News – 30 April 2020

    Drug dealers are using food delivery services to transport drugs and other illicit goods during global lockdown.

    Arrests around the world, as countries including Ireland, Spain and Malaysia report modus operandi to Interpol. Cocaine, Marijuana, Ketamine and Ecstasy were drugs reported, identifying delivery drivers who were transporting these drugs.

    Delivery drivers may be complicit or unwitting links to drug transportation. Cases brought to Interpol were falsely disguised as food delivery drivers and legitimate food delivery drivers, knowingly and willingly delivering drugs on behalf of criminal organizations for financial gain. They have also been used as unwitting drug mules.

    We have country-wide lockdowns and whilst the masses are busy re-acting to the pandemic and all the noise that has come with it, the underworld of drugs continues to remain in-action, on the front foot, so to speak and create new ways to get their supplys to those that demand it – those that seek any form of drug and want it delivered.

    We could say this is like a movie and it cannot possibly be real. They think of all sorts of ways that most of us could not even imagine or come up with such ideas, to get the drugs delivered.

    The drugs world, from those that manufacture, produce, traffic and deliver offer a service and we could say as a business they are doing very well. Their business model is working, regardless of what we have to say or not say. They are in for the long-haul and nothing seems to stop them, not even huge seizures or jail sentences for those that get arrested.

    What we ought to be asking is WHO wants these drugs?

    Who are the customers – the real punters, as we know it is not just those on the streets?

    WHY are most of us in the dark, so to speak when it comes to what is going on in the name of crime and drug trafficking?

    Are we interested or is this just some news we would like to not talk about as it leaves us feeling un-comfortable or disturbed?

    WHY are delivery drivers that are supposedly called ‘legitimate’ happy and willing to deliver drugs on behalf of criminal organizations for financial gain?

    WHY are they putting profit before people and what happened and when did they throw out their moral compass which has responsibility, accountability and integrity as the core tenets?

    Time we got real dear World. We keep blaming the dark world of drugs but let’s get honest – who put them on the map in the first place? In other words, how did they get there?

    Easy really and simple to answer. We did – those of us that demand drugs of any kind that we know are not legal and in truth not needed. Nevertheless, it suits us, so we turn a blind eye to all the bits that make us un-comfortable.

    AND Finally, have we stopped for long enough to consider the cost to society.

    YES the public purse that has to consistently spend monies on criminal activity when it could be going elsewhere to much more purpose-full causes that would help as a race of beings to actually evolve.

  73. Independent – 7 May 2020

    Drug dealers are making fake NHS badges to move around freely during the UK’s lockdown.

    The National Centre for Gang Research (NCGR) found that members of “county lines” gangs were also dressing as joggers, posting drugs through letterboxes and doing “drive-by” sales to evade police detection.

    Whilst shoppers were panic buying food, drug dealers were running bulk deals and selling “lockdown party packs” to capitalize on the restrictions.

    The director of NCGR said the previous model of county lines dealing, which sees children used to transport drugs from urban hubs to smaller towns and rural areas has been made “too risky”.

    Dealers are increasingly driving runners around or hiring local people to do the job.

    Street gangs are being forced to find new tactics, such as shifting grooming and recruitment online to social media. This means young people can become involved in dangerous gang activity from their phones, while their family members would have no idea.

    With suppliers finding it harder to transport drugs, this will drive up the prices for users and some police have raised concern that “desperation” may cause an increase in theft and shoplifting.

    As with everything Simple Living Global comment on, regarding drugs, there is the one point that must always be noted. The suppliers are only in business because there is a demand.

    That demand comes from us – the public who want the drugs. This means suppliers are in business and are willing to do what it takes to feed the demand. If it means forging NHS badges to get the drugs to their customers then they will do that.

    What we need to remember is that suppliers would be out of business tomorrow if we all stopped buying drugs but we know that is not going to happen overnight.

    There are huge volumes of drugs being produced and transported under the radar in a dark world that operates 24/7.

    We can choose to ignore all of this going on or we can start to engage in conversations and talk about this stuff openly so others have awareness. Pretending it is not going on under our noses on our streets is WHY things are what they are today.

    In the old days, if there was suspicion we would talk about it but in modern day 21st century – todays world, we call it ‘minding our own business’ and say nothing, do nothing and hope there is not any disturbance coming our way, as we like our life just how it is – thank you very much.

    Our blog on this website Do Nothing, Do Something is well worth reading

    We each have a Responsibility and whilst we are not here to advocate, endorse or join the war on drugs brigade, we are here as a website for humanity – which is about the people and for the people to simply bring awareness to what is going on in our world.

  74. REUTERS World News – 18 May 2020

    Moroccan drug traffickers are being forced to use alternative routes as normal drug routes are being blocked since the country imposed an internal lockdown that has stopped movement between cities and closed air and sea borders.

    Police say a circuitous journey is being made involving food trucks and fishing boats to smuggle locally grown cannabis, requiring long and expensive sea trips in a bid for a safer route.

    Previously, cannabis grown in the northern mountains was trucked for the short distance to the Mediterranean coast and then across the sea by speed boat or concealed in daily fleets of commercial shipping.

    Since the start of this year, police have seized 62 tonnes of cannabis resin, known as hashish.

    The United Nations drugs agency said that North African and the Middle Eastern drug busts show that the restrictions have failed to halt the narcotics trade, as European users buy more to see them through lockdown.

    While cannabis trafficking continues, the pandemic restrictions have entirely stopped shipments of cocaine being flown through Morocco, which at one time was a way station on the way to Europe.

    Dear World

    We are in a global pandemic with lockdown restrictions worldwide.

    Do we need to get real and honest about the demand for drugs during this time?

    Do we think that suppliers are taking a day off or are they on the front foot, so to speak in getting ahead with new and innovative ways to transport and deliver drugs?

    Have they got the shipments sorted and are those who profit continuing with their ‘business as usual’ hat on, whilst the majority of us are living in fear and anxiety of catching a virus?

    Have we thought about this – many who were making do with the alcohol and smoking are not feeling the cut off, numbing, checked out state of being that it used to give them?

    In other words, job insecurity, worries about the future, health, their kids and a world in panic and fear with nowhere to go but ‘stay in or else’ has got some wanting a new mind altering substance to take the edge off life.

    Could this be possible or are we too busy trying to cope with life and not paying any attention to the goings on in the drug world?

    What if suppliers are having an even busier time, because the demand has gone up, as new customers are coming from all over?

    What if our efforts and great police work are not keeping us ahead, because the dealers are already working way ahead as they have done so far in meeting the demands?

    What if we need to look at the whole drug thing from another angle and that means stop thinking a certain type of person does drugs?

    Today we have the so-called ordinary folk, women in business, full time mothers with young kids, youth who are in their teens, university students, the middle class lovely neighbour with the decent job and house to match and others in society that we may not have even thought would ever do drugs. That is the reality and until we start to open our eyes and read blogs and comments like this, get talking to each other and asking questions, we are not going to nail the war on drugs that has been going on under our nose and on our watch since day dot.

    Simple Living Global has thus far done so with commitment and dedication and will continue to report the facts to raise awareness.

  75. Independent – 27 May 2020

    170kg of heroin has been found at Heathrow Airport.

    £8.5 million potential street value – packets of the drug were hidden in freight consignment containing more than 600 commercial boxes of fruit and nuts.

    Envelopes of heroin were concealed in the walls of cardboard boxes.

    This was the largest class A drugs detection this year at Heathrow.

    Minister Chris Philip said “Illegal drugs fuel crime, violence and exploitation which is why our work to prevent them reaching our communities is so vital”.

    We would have to agree with the National Crime Agency that this significant amount of heroin would have ended up on the streets of the UK and ultimately lined the pockets of the criminals involved in drug supply.

    Officials say that travel restrictions and international lockdowns have made it harder for criminal groups to move drugs, guns and money, forcing them to take bigger risks.

    With due respect to all those working hard to fight this war on drugs, are we really getting ahead of the game, so to speak?

    Are we on the front foot and are some of us who read the news just thinking it’s a world of drugs out there and that it is not going on in our streets or our communities, when in fact what is driving the supply is the people we least suspect using drugs now as part of their self medication.

    Do we all need to wake up and note, that many more people are now consuming drugs, whereas before it was alcohol and the odd bit of pot smoking?
    It has now got much more serious.

    The suppliers have to get on the front foot and keep coming up with new ways to meet the demand and that demand is coming from us – those society least expect living a very so-called normal life and looking the part so no one suspects.

    What if even more drugs are in demand as lockdown has brought with it another set of problems and that means we need self medication – something strong that will numb us and alter our natural state of being as the basic poisons like caffeine and alcohol are no longer cutting it? Possible?

    Back to the news story – where there is a demand there has to be a way the supplier is willing to get the drugs to the customers. If that means hidden in the walls of a cardboard box that contains fruit, then that is what they will do. They are creative and will keep coming up with new ways whilst we continue to read news stories like this, which in truth are becoming more frequent now.

    Time to wake up Dear World. This drug problem is not going away and we now have evidence it is getting worse. Yes it’s great more seizures and more arrests but have we really got to the root cause of WHY anyone starts to take drugs in the first place?

    Research gives us what we want to hear and then what?

    When are we going to admit that human life is not working? Something is going on in our lives that we are not willing to address, deal with or take action on and so we find other ways, like drug taking and it is completely destroying not just the person but all those whose lives they affect, not to mention the whole of society.

    Something is clearly not right if the drug suppliers are willing to take bigger risks than ever to ensure their customers get what they want – their drug of choice, call it self medication as that is what it is.

  76. Independent – 3 June 2020

    UK Police have shut down 87 “county lines” phone numbers, since November 2019 that were used to deal drugs from London across the country in a national crackdown. The estimate is that around 1000 lines are operating at any time.

    Officers are targeting those who operate branded phone lines to sell their product and then organise distribution of heroin and crack cocaine to smaller cities and towns.

    Children and vulnerable people are frequently used as couriers and the model has been linked to increases in knife carrying and violence across Britain.

    There is a growing evidence base, which showed obvious pattern of phone usage.

    The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said that while previous operations had focused on lower-level dealers who included children and modern slavery victims, police were now targeting senior figures to permanently shut down prolific lines.

    “We want to destroy the business model. We are beginning to turn the tables. Our operations have become increasingly successful and criminals should be deterred from running county lines because of the ever increasing risk of being caught.”

    She adds that county lines were not just an issue the police could solve alone. ‘we need to reduce the demand for drugs and support those addicted to these lethal substances.
    We need to design out the ability to run these lines.’

    The police want to target the controllers who exploit children and vulnerable adults and collect the profits at the end. They remain in the shadows and are responsible for a trail of misery and mayhem across the UK.

    In one year, 1,300 people were charged with 20,000 offences, including more than 20 murders.

    This news story is telling us how much resources go into stopping county lines, but can we say we are turning the tides?

    Are we really on the front foot or have those dealers been extra creative during lockdown season – plotting and planning behind closed doors with new ways to meet the orders from those that demand?

    Are we anywhere near close with the actual figures of those who may not appear to be taking drugs like cocaine but they are, under the banner of “recreational drugs” and this hidden demand is fuelling the suppliers’ business?

    Is this stay at home new way, for the time being, adding to the demands as more want relief and the altered state of being that these drugs offer?

    Are our suppliers always going to be on the front foot with new ways to deliver drugs to our door or can we safely say it’s all under control and there is nothing to be concerned about as the police are doing a great job and that will be enough?

    Basic commerce teaches us that there is no supplier unless there is a demand. Business will continue until there is no demand and then the supplier goes out of business.

    In the drug world business – where are we really at with the supply and demand if we could be honest for one moment?

  77. Daily Mail – 4th July 2020

    Public School Pupils Take More Drugs and Start Drinking at a Younger Age

    A study claims that pupils from private schools start drinking at a younger age, binge drink more frequently and take more drugs than state-educated ones.

    And by the age of 21, they show no more signs of maturity than their non-fee-paying counterparts.

    Researchers from York University said that while fees were often ‘exorbitant, we found, for the first time, that private and state school students do not differ in their wellbeing across adolescence’.

    The study added: ‘There is a growing body of evidence questioning the benefits of private over state education for children’s outcomes.’

    Around 7 per cent of secondary school pupils are privately educated. Average day attendance fees are around £18,000 a year and for students who board this can rise to £35,000 a year.

    Studies show they achieve better average grades than pupils from state schools, are more likely to attend prestigious universities such as Oxford and Cambridge and earn more when they start working.

    The study team led by a professor of psychology tracked 2,400 pupils from state schools and 269 form private schools through to the age of 21. They questioned each one on drink and drug use, their sex lives and criminal behaviour.

    The results, published in the British Journal of Psychology, showed those from fee-paying schools were younger when they first tried alcohol, engaged more often in binge drinking and were more likely to try cannabis or other illicit drugs.

    They also tended to have more sexual partners. However, they were less likely to be in trouble with the police, indulge in anti-social behaviour or have unprotected sex than state school students.

    The professor of the study said: “Our findings are particularly relevant for parents considering private education for their children. They may assume it will add value to children’s development and that this justifies the investment in exorbitant school fees. But our results suggest it ads little positive value to children’s social or emotional development and may even have a negative influence on it. Compared to state school students, private pupils were more likely to take risks and started drinking alcohol at a younger age.”

    Why are youngsters at private schools more inclined to start drinking alcohol and taking drugs at an earlier age than state schools?

    Is it simply a case of there being more wealth around for private students or is there something deeper going here?

    Is it possible that the private students, especially the ones that board, are missing out on much needed family support?

    Is it possible that being sent away to school is going to bring up issues like self-worth, anxiety or abandonment?

    Is it possible that this momentum of life at these private schools will carry on into their adult lives?

    There is much hype about the prestige of going to private schools but if this behaviour is indicative of what actually goes on in these schools, is it possible it makes the whole process a farce with the implication that going to a private school is just seen as a ‘rite of passage’ and not the learning opportunity it could be?

    Generally, parents will send their children to private schools as they themselves went to one and so, is it possible that the parents got up to the same antics?

    Is it possible then, that one thing we may need to question is are the parents of these children just perpetuating the behaviour?

    Although, privately educated students may have more benefits as a result of their education, is it possible that none of that truly matters if they are going to be more dependent on alcohol and drugs?

  78. A young mother aged 25 who always spoke against the dangers of drugs died after taking cocaine for the first time.

    Society would say that someone who is a teaching assistant is intelligent and we could then say how does this happen when they know the dangers?

    We could look at the life story – married for 12 years and then left to enter a lesbian relationship with a neighbour. Husband claims this woman was anti drugs and new partner openly states they took cocaine on the night her partner died. She was very drunk and put to bed, but the coroner’s report states she had taken cocaine.

    What may seem like a bit of fun when it comes to drugs never is.

    Many of us start with alcohol, which we all know is a scientific proven poison that alters our natural state. For any reader who may doubt this statement, please visit our article on this website called The Real Truth about Alcohol.

    Could it be possible that being in an ‘altered state’ leads to the next choice being made that is equally harmfull and in this case taking a lethal drug which became a cocktail with the alcohol already in the blood system? The coroner said that this was perhaps the first and only time that this woman took cocaine.

    When we are so anti drugs – what happens that changes that in an instant?

    What happens to our rationale, common sense and moral compass?

    Without further speculation it is a tragedy and a grand loss when human life is taken in this way and so suddenly. The knock on effect is huge and the devastation to all those related and beyond is worth taking a moment of pause to consider.

    We as a world seem to have judgements and beliefs about who and what drug taking people are but in truth it can be the lovely young teaching assistant who gets so drunk just after new year that she was found dead in her bed the next morning.

    Ruling – her death was drug and alcohol related.

    A question – if the partner was not intoxicated with alcohol and cocaine, could this woman be alive today as she may have clocked something was not right and alerted the medics? Possible?

    What we also need to question is what is going on in the life of the partner who survived after a drug and alcohol fuelled night?

    How can we help and deal with the root cause of WHY any of us would want to take a poison that could easily cause death?

  79. The Guardian – 21 November 2020

    Today in the national newspaper we have the title of this news story “Calls for Tougher Penalties over ‘Chemsex’ Drugs”.

    Will harsher penalties issued for the possession of drugs used by gay men for “chemsex” be the answer to this drug problem because we have our government drug policy advisers warning us about a raft of their dangers?

    Chemsex is the term used to describe sex between men that occurs under the influence of drugs.
    GHB – Gamma-hydroxybutyric acid and GHB – Gamma-butyrolactone and related substances collectively referred to as GHBRS give euphoric and stimulant effects.

    So if the UK re-classify this drug from its current position of Class C to Class B this would mean that possession could be punished with a 5 year prison sentence.

    Will this change in law cut it and do those who seek this type of pleasure ignore it because the risk of getting caught and ending up in prison is not even a consideration?

    The report from the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs mentioned a series of significant dangers associated with GHBRS, which have been known to facilitate serious crimes like murder, rape, sexual assault and robbery. There was a steep rise in deaths between 2008 and 2015.

    The report states that GHBRS can cause “profound unconsciousness” and their toxic strength puts users at risk of overdose and death. They also cause a particularly severe, life threatening withdrawal syndrome.

    Hello – before we go any further let us just tdo a stop and pause then re-read.
    Profound Unconsciousness – what do these 2 words actually mean to us?
    We could say that means great and intense (both words used to describe profound) unconsciousness – a state of being where we are unaware.

    Hello Hello – an intense or great state of being unaware.

    ADD to that the drug has a toxic strength that puts users at risk of overdose and death and we have a formula that is so potent and powerful that coming off it (withdrawal) is so severe it can be life threatening.

    What is it about sex that we need this type of drug to stimulate us but we forget about the consequences?
    What thoughts are bombarding our minds that make us seek this type of pleasure from drugs that are so dangerous?

    Can we join the dots and say in a simple narrative that these drugs alter our state in such a profound way, that we become capable of serious crimes?

    Do we need to ask WHY was nothing reported or brought to public attention 5 years ago when the statistics were showing us a steep rise in deaths associated with these drugs?

    WHY do these types of reports seem to be on the back foot and why are we not taking drastic measures after reading what the outcome is from ingesting these toxic substances?

    Are we as individuals ok and just accepting what goes on in our world or what the media chooses to report or are we interested in how and why anyone seeks to take drugs in the first place?

  80. The Telegraph – 25 January 2021

    A school teacher was murdered by her husband and also an elderly lady passing by who intervened to assist. Both received blows to the head with severe force causing fatal brain damage.

    The man accepted responsibility and the consequences of his actions are a life jail sentence.

    The crime was caused by a psychotic episode and he had taken a new psychoactive substance and under the influence of this committed these murders.

    The QC sentencing said “Anyone who takes new psychoactive substances, which are Class A drugs, is interfering with their own mental processes and responsible for the consequences.”

    Case closed, man behind bars and that’s it. We never ever question more but we feel for the victims.

    For the record – the defence barrister tells us that his client expressed ‘genuine remorse and contrition’ for the killings. We could dismiss this or explore a bit further and dig deep here.

    The drugs altered his natural state of being.

    Have we considered what exactly happens and what gets inside us that we have such “force” as mentioned above, to be so cold and brutal as to kill our own wife? Makes no sense to most of us, but we accept the one way thinking that has been around for aeons.

    What exactly is in these new psychoactive substances and what on earth was going on for him that he needed to take them?

    WHY does anyone seek drugs to alter their mind?

    When are we going to change our line of questioning or do we need to hear about more tragic cases like this one?
    It is never just those who fall victim – it is the trail of devastation on their families, friends, colleagues, neighbourhood and communities. It makes people distrust and instills fear about how we as humans are capable of behaving and that means we are all affected.

    How would the mind process be of the children this woman was teaching when they find out the facts about how she was killed?

    There is so much to consider here and if we do not question the drugs more in detail, then we are certainly going to be left with more tragic stories of this kind.

  81. Global Drugs Survey – Key Findings Report 2020
    25 January 2021

    The following has been taken from pages 2 – 4 as it is relevant to this article about Drugs.

    Data Collection Period was before the pandemic
    Global Drug Survey 2020 ran between 7 November to 30th December 2019


    Data from over 11,000 people from more than 25 countries were used in the preparation of this report.

    66% male
    52% under age 25 with
    22% 35 years or older
    87% were white
    38% had at least an undergraduate degree as their highest level of educational attainment.
    54% reported going clubbing 4 or more times per year.

    20 drugs used most commonly in the last 12 months:

    8 were Psychedelic/Dissociative Drugs
    6 were Stimulant Drugs
    3 were Prescription CNS Depressants (Opioids / Benzodiazepines)
    2 were Tobacco/Nicotine-based products
    1 was Alcohol

    Excluding alcohol & tobacco/nicotine products, the top 10 drugs used in the last 12 months were:

    THC-containing cannabis
    CBD-only cannabis products (non-psychoactive)
    Magic mushrooms
    Prescription opioids

    Use of Drugs in the Last 12 Months:

    94% Alcohol
    64% Cannabis
    60% Tobacco
    37% MDMA
    31% CBD
    31% Cocaine
    29% E-Cigarettes


    Using data from the Global Drug Survey 2020 sample
    13 drugs were ranked, in terms of what percentage of people who recently used the drug reported seeking Emergency Medical Treatment (EMT) in the last 12 months.

    Heroin was the highest at 12.7%

    Across many drug classes, younger women (under 25 years old) report higher rates of seeking Emergency Medical Treatment, than any other group. This is most evident for GHB, Alcohol, MDMA and Ketamine. It is uncertain whether it is due to this population adopting riskier patterns of use or due to physiological differences, but the finding suggest the need for specific harm reduction messages for young women, to mitigate this elevated risk.

  82. Global Drugs Survey – Key Findings Report 2020
    25 January 2021
    Pages 8-11

    The following are more key findings taken from the Global Drug Report 2020.
    The content highlights some important factors worth noting as this really is going on.

    Note – this is based on a sample of the population.
    The raw and real reality is that there are more that slip under the radar or may never get to be counted as a statistic. However, suffice to say we have a global drug problem yet to be nailed. We are nowhere even close to being on the front foot with our ‘war on drugs’ agenda.


    Global Drugs Survey (GDS) 2020 respondents used –
    MDMA used average 10.5 days in the last year.

    23,000 who used MDMA in the last 12 months completed the specialist section on patterns of use, harms and redosing. Most participants used MDMA frequently.

    The use of MDMA powder is now as common as MDMA tablets (ecstasy).

    Despite advice to “start low, go slow” and to test dose MDMA from a new batch, almost half reported never doing this.

    MDMA continues to be perceived as good value for money.

    Seeking emergency medical treatment (EMT) with MDMA.
    Those seeking EMT after taking MDMA was highest in women under 25 years.
    9% of those seeking EMT reported taking no other substance.

    Concurrent use of alcohol being reported by 60% and cannabis by 26%. Since alcohol also increases dehydration and the ability of the body to regulate its temperature, it can also impair the ability to judge the effects of MDMA. This can lead to increased dosing which can result in higher blood MDMA levels, leaving you feeling unwell.

    49% of users said they had no idea what is in their pill or capsule and how much MDMA it contains. This means safer dosing is left to blind faith or judgment, which can result in avoidable risk.

    Redosing too soon can lead to a spike in blood plasma levels that increases the risk of harm.
    Re-dosing is when the user takes their next dose of drug.


    44.6% Redose when I am coming down
    30.9% Redose when deciding to stay out longer
    30.9% Redose after a fixed time
    19.2% Redose when friends dose (again)
    16.5% Redose before/during favourite DJ set
    16.3% Redose an hour after I have peaked
    14.8% Redose randomly
    12.9% Redose when I am offered more
    10.3% Redose when I am peaking
    7.4% Redose when I am coming up


    LSD was rated as the best value for money drug in the world (again) for the third year running.

    We asked people who had used different drugs within the last 12 months on a scale of 1-10, how they would rate that drug on value for money (10 being the highest). This graph is based on global respondents.


    LSD 8.5
    GHB/GBL 8.1
    MDMA, Pills 7.7
    Alcohol bought in shop 7.6
    Magic Mushroom 7.5
    MDMA, Powder 7.5
    Ketamine 7.0
    Methamphetamine 6.2
    Heroin 6.1
    Alcohol bought in bar 5.9
    Nitrous Oxide 5.8
    Synthetic Cannabinoids 5.5
    Cannabis 4.8
    Cocaine 4.6

    Aside from magic mushrooms, the data shows that synthetic drugs that can be easily produced on a large scale are considered better value for money than plant-based drugs such as cocaine or cannabis.

    Note: As drugs, including alcohol become more expensive, people use less often.
    Less use is associated with less harm.


    GHB is used more commonly by gay men. People reporting using GHB more than 50 days per year are more likely to be gay or bisexual. GHB is a risky drug regardless of how often it is used. Those who use GHB frequently may develop tolerance but are still at risk of overdose. This is not a theoretical risk. It is very real.

    21% who reported recent GHB/GBL use and who answered this question, reported passing out unconscious, following the use of GHB in the last 12 months.

    60% of those who reported passing out said that they did so on more than one occasion in the past 12 months.

    Year-on-year increase in respondents to the Global Drugs Survey report accessing drugs through the darknet, across 7 years of GDS monitoring.
    There was a big uptake in the last 12 months of new users.

    Year 9 – the Global Drug Survey has explored the growth of the fastest growing drug market in the world – Darknet drug markets, sometimes known as cryptomarkets.

    Accessed using a free software that enables the user to conceal their location and remain anonymous, these markets protect the seller’s and purchaser’s identities, with transactions completed using Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies. Offering a wide product range, higher quality, convenience and less risk of interpersonal violence, year-on-year we have noted a rise in people using these markets. Trends on the impact of using darknet drug markets on people’s drug use suggest stability over time.

    Of real note, our GDS 2020 results show a continued rise in recruitment of new users, suggesting real growth in the consumer base using these sites, despite scams, market closures and well publicised police stings.

    Dear World

    This Global Drugs report is speaking volumes. That means there is seriously a lot of content here for us to wake up to and start to become aware.

    As this is not an essay – we will focus on just one point.
    “Despite advice to “start low, go slow” and to test dose MDMA from a new batch, almost half reported never doing this.”

    The most pertinent question here that we ought to be asking is where on earth does this advice come from? Who is dishing out so-called advice saying ‘start low and go slow’ for MDMA or any drug? Is this coming from the same place as when we are told to ‘drink alcohol responsibly’?

    Any drug alters our natural state.

    How can we therefore be responsible in our behaviour or even consider starting at a low dose or a test dose?

    Do we really need to analyse a pill or powder or any drug, so we can make an informed decision or can we admit that the very essence of us seeking a poison (let’s get real, that is what these drugs are) is a telling sign that irresponsibility is how we are choosing to live as we are on that road? For the purpose of this statement just made, let us say that responsibility is about having the awareness to end any form of abuse to the human body.

    This blog, the 100+ comments thereafter and ALL other blogs and research by way of comments from Simple Living Global on this website, will leave not a single reader in any doubt, that any amount of drug consumed, ingested or taken in the name of socialising, recreational or otherwise, is harmfull to the human frame.

    We have the evidence and the scientific research telling us enough about drugs – so how come we are seeing a greater rise in drug use, drug abuse, overdose and deaths?

    What if we start to question what the root cause is and make this our global survey and not move on until we get the answers? Then apply what is needed and monitor the changes for ALL of us to be aware. Without awareness, how on earth will we take responsibility and make the necessary movements to change our behaviour?

  83. Sky News – 2 March 2021

    Pandemic is pushing more people to buy illegal sleeping pills and anxiety drugs online, according to new figures.

    Purchasing ‘benzodiazepines’ without a prescription is against the law.

    The video on this link tells us that children are also taking these drugs and social media plays a big part with the advertising.

    So who will we blame and where is this all going to end and when?

    Are we able to look at our lifestyle choices during lockdown that have led to this rise in sleeping pills and anxiety drugs?

    Is it our late nights, lack of routine and responsibility that has played a part in why we suffer with symptoms that could easily be avoidable?

    Will our quick-fix, band aid solutions cut it this time when history has shown us to date that they have never worked as we are not going to the root of the problem itself?

    Next –

    Purchasing ‘benzodiazepines’ without a prescription is against the law.

    So WHY are we able to buy online without any problem and age is not a factor either?
    None of this is making sense unless we consider the following to bring some understanding.

    These dodgy suppliers online that we want to blame for fuelling this crisis are simply there because WE, yes we the public, the customers, the consumers DEMAND it and they make sure they SUPPLY because there is profit to be made.
    If there was no quick money to be made, do we really feel they would continue supplying us?

    We could also add that this is all about putting PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE. If we stop to consider this for just one moment. Any one of us who is involved in the production and sale of drugs that harm another human being, simply to profit is not the truth and we all know that. It is time to stop pretending and get real and super honest.

    AND Finally – our world of academics and the so-called scientific research bodies do not rely on anecdotal evidence. Is it time we give it a go as ALL else is failing us thus far? Anecdotal simply means the people saying it and not coming from labs, double blind testing, huge amounts of funding and theory after theory in words and numbers that most of us have no idea what it is.

    What if those that have walked the steps have something valuable to say because they have the experience, so to speak lived in their body? What if they imparted their known wisdom, in other words what they now know as they are free of the very thing that harmed them? We could apply this to anxiety, sleep issues, drugs, alcohol, excess eating and anything that humanity need to know about.

    Dismissing anecdotal evidence is costing us and society is none the wiser, as we all go around unable to make any real progress, as we are shut down because it lacks scientific approval of some kind that our world needs and accepts as the only way.

    This news story is one real life example – we call that anecdotal evidence.
    She talks about how these drugs got her addicted and side effects were loss of memory and depression. Quote “I just did not have any reason to wake up. Lockdown was perfect because I just didn’t want to wake up, so I wouldn’t.

    Another former drug addict says “benzos were harder coming off than heroin”.

    How serious is this and are we paying attention?

    Imagine if more of us could speak up about our real life experiences with drugs and share this information with others – could it make a difference or are we just going to wait for more and more scientific journals read by the elite and discussed, but not on the streets for the masses who do not understand that language?

    Society needs to wake up and that means all of us – we have waited far too long just accepting what is dished out to us by those supposedly who have the answers that we call ‘reliable’.

  84. Bury Times – 4 March 2021

    Children are being targeted on the streets by drug dealers selling home made ‘sweets’ laced with lethal drugs.

    Police confirmed the products looked identical to popular sweets like Kit Kat, Maltesers and Skittles and are infused with cannabis or hard drugs like MDMA – ecstacy.

    The popularity of “drug sweets” has led to a huge number of alarming incidents across the UK with officers confirming that one teenage girl had to be treated for an overdose in a supermarket car park after ingesting the dangerous ‘treats’.

    Other discoveries included cannabis products imported from the US, cereal boxes laced with drugs and ‘cannabis candy’.

    This is one small story and what it highlights is that suppliers will find a way to profit and if there is a market, in this case children, they will explore and if there is a demand, then bingo they will find a way to deliver. But if no child was interested, these cottage industries setting up like small sweet shops selling drugs under the radar would need to find another business.

    This is a public concern as we now know our kids are seeking drugs – so how will this all unfold?
    Are we going to wake up now, pay attention and listen up? – we have a serious 911 on our watch.

    Do we think our kids are going through a phase of some kind and will come out of it unharmed or un-changed, as we call that part of ‘growing up’?

    Is this news story alerting us all to be more aware of what is going on in our streets?

    Drugs have been around for a very long time but we could say history showed the target population was not children. This has changed now and we all need to be asking WHY and HOW we have got to this point in our so-called modern day where we are supposedly more advanced and intelligent than ever before.

  85. Metro News – 11 May 2021

    Who on earth would be interested in a tiny news story about a woman arrested for stopping her vehicle on a motorway to do her make up?

    So what and what is the point of reporting this, we could say.

    Police found she was driving without insurance or a valid licence.
    The important point to note is that this woman tested positive for cocaine.

    A tiny story – a microcosm of what is going on in our world today.

    Ingesting a toxic substance comes with consequences. This is a classic example.
    This blog details much about the drug cocaine and we cannot be in any illusion about the harmfull nature of what this poison does to the mind and body.

    Anyone with a driving licence knows the rules and this woman is no exception. The thing is she did not take the responsibility and we all know why. This confirms that cocaine does alter your natural state, as does any drug.

    How serious that this stopping on a motorway did not cause a major accident or cause death? It is clear she was not herself as no one in their right mind stops on a motorway – ever.

    So how does society deal with this as it’s going on everywhere?
    In other words, people we may not even think are into drugs are sniffing or snorting or ingesting or smoking some drug of choice.

    The purpose of writing this comment is to bring awareness. By expressing the facts and presenting another way, we offer the opportunity to the reader to consider more and not just flick the page in the newspaper and forget the news as it is disturbing or it makes us feel uncomfortable.

    What happens to all those who take cocaine that are not our predictable druggies on the streets or high powered individuals who need it to work and excel in their world? What about the average citizen that looks decent, presentable, holds down a job, has a house and a family – what about them?

    Drug taking has reached epic levels in society. We can wake up to that fact or we can pretend it is not going on. We can do our own research to find how many drug seizures are being reported and how violent our drug industry has become.

    Back to this tiny news story – we could say this is laughable about a woman stopping on the motorway and doing her make up or we could say next time it could be a family injured or a motorway pile up that would make it to news headlines?

    Why wait for that to happen when each and every one of us could start talking about drugs like cocaine and how it has become the norm in our modern society today?

  86. First Post – World News – 21 September 2021

    3 TONNES OF HEROIN seized in Gujarat district of India – September 2021

    23 TONNES OF COCAINE – Europe’s biggest haul – February 2021

    $61 MILLION – Toronto, Canada largest ever drug bust – June 2021
    Cocaine | Crystal Meth | Marijuana

    Biggest Meth bust in US history – October 2020
    Cocaine | Heroin | Meth

    Columbia’s largest ever drug bust – May 2016
    8 TONNES OF COCAINE seized

    $1.5 BILLION – Australia’s largest Methamphetamine seizure in history
    MDMA | Crystal Meth

    260 TONNES OF HASHISH seized in Afghanistan – June 2008
    Weight = 30 double decker buses
    $260 MILLION

    10 TONNES OF COCAINE seized in jungles of Columbia – March 1984
    $1.2 BILLION

    Dear World

    How do these numbers affect us?
    Does it stir up anything inside us?
    Are they not worth pondering on?
    Are we interested in these numbers?

    We have seized much more than the above mentioned and if we add up ALL the other seizures worldwide, we could say ‘well done’ as it means we are making progress. But are we really and truly?

    For every seizure – how much is passing under the radar, in the black market, on the dark web in our world of illicit drugs?

    Let’s get real and super honest – we are not on the front foot but these seizures tell us that this is big bucks and big business, not to be discounted as if this is not big news.

    1984 – 10 tonnes of cocaine and 2021 we have 23 tonnes.
    37 years later and we are no where near on the front foot. The dealers and those that supply are, but not the authorities that work to catch the criminals and seize the drugs.

    Our drugs industry is worth billions and billions and millions gain through profits.
    At what cost and where are we as a human race of beings if we cannot nail this illicit drug demand, even though we have super so-called advanced intelligence?

    Rarely do we see a media journalist ask or pose the question about the demand.

    Those who are not seen as on the streets or in prison but in the comfort of their homes, asking for meth, cocaine, cannabis and whatever else they want, delivered to their doorstep just like a takeaway, with no questions asked. Why do they never get press coverage and how come they stay hidden away from public awareness?

    We are fooled if we seriously think that all illicit drugs end up with criminals, the homeless and those that attend clubs and all night parties. No no no – we have a large population group, some refer to as middle class that we see as well respected, hold down good jobs and have a standing in society and so they are not suspected, let alone questioned. But the truth is they exist and they have a lions share of the drug market.
    Time we did our on the street research as a citizen journalist and report what we see and can no longer negate.

    Many of us feel helpless when it comes to illicit drugs and how damaging it is for our families, communities and our society as a whole and we don’t know what to do.

    How about we just talk about what we feel, what we have witnessed, seen or heard and share – not to circulate and gossip but to bring more awareness to others that may not know about this?

    How about at the next dinner table conversation we get talking about blogs like this and all its comments on the topic of illicit drugs and see where it goes?

    Doing nothing, saying nothing and just accepting news as we read it confirms no change.

    Greed and corruption are part of the drug world and we all know that.

    What most of us never do is question WHY we have so much greed and corruption in our world and why we allow it.

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