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 http://www.un.org/en/events/humantrafficking 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.

References

(2016). Listen First
https://www.unodc.org/listenfirst/en/index.html

(2016). A Brief History of the Drug War
http://www.drugpolicy.org/new-solutions-drug-policy/brief-history-drug-war

Krans, B. (2016, April 8). ‘War on Drugs’ Campaign is a Failure, U.N Report Concludes
http://www.healthline.com/health-news/war-on-drugs-a-failure-un-concludes#5

(2016, April 22). The Global War on Drugs is a Failure
http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point/the-global-war-on-drugs-is-a-failure

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). World Drug Report. New York, 2014
http://www.unodc.org/documents/wdr2014/World_Drug_Report_2014_web.pdf

(2016). Drug Trafficking
https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/drug-trafficking/index.html

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
https://www.unodc.org/documents/ungass2016/Contributions/IO/WACD_report_June_2014_english.pdf

Home Office and Bradley, K. (2016, May 26). Trade in so-called ‘legal highs’ now illegal
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/trade-in-so-called-legal-highs-now-illegal

(2016, May 26). What Exactly Are Legal Highs?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32857256

(2016). Trafficking in Fraudulent Medicine
https://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/fraudulentmedicines/introduction.html

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  1. This blog is frightening in its stark reminder of how prevalent drug use is all over the world. Our world needs to stop and take notice. As Serge Benhayon has presented, good old fashioned love is all the medicine we need in order to reduce the number of people choosing to do drugs. Then the answer to an ongoing problem destroying lives is very, very simple and right in front of our faces. But are we ready to get real and live a simple loving life? Which really means to be loving to ourselves so that we can offer good old fashioned love to others?

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      The point you make here Sally about loving ourselves first ‘so that we can offer good old fashioned love to others’ is what is clearly needed. In truth, how can we offer anything to another unless that quality is lived by us in the first place.
      The thing is this old fashioned stuff is simple and very basic. Back in the old days, with no internet, mobile phones or even fancy card shops and stores people found ways to express love and it was not emotional love. This is key when we talk about what Serge Benhayon is presenting in his quote.

  2. 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.

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      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.

  3. 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.

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      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.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40597941

      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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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      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.

  7. 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.

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      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.

  8. 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.

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      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
      https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-raw-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?

  9. 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 https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2016/oct/04/philippines-secret-death-squads-police-officer-teams-behind-killings?client=safari

    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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:
    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/314120.php

    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?

  12. 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.

    http://bit.ly/2iP8Xtk

    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.

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    This link about one country confirms what some of us already know and feel is happening globally.
    https://www.j2dw.ca/2017/01/what-you-dont-know-about-substance-abuse-in-the-workplace/

    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
    Absenteeism
    Injuries
    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.
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/the-real-truth-about-alcohol/

    Is it time to Get Real and Get Honest so we can get to the Truth.
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/get-real-get-honest-and-get-to-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 – https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/alcohol-statistics 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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’.

  16. 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.

    http://www.itv.com/news/granada/2017-02-16/prisoners-given-leaflets-on-how-to-take-spice-safely/

    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?

  17. 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.

    http://www.equipmentworld.com/hard-hat-high-how-substance-abuse-endangers-construction-workers-hurts-recruiting-and-threatens-your-bottom-line-part-1/

    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.

  18. http://www.wvgazettemail.com/gazette-op-ed-commentaries/20170226/michael-r-brumage-adverse-childhoods-affecting-our-drug-obesity-problems

    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?
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/is-there-another-way/

  19. 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.

  20. 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?

  21. 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:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/classic-apps/major-dea-opioid-case-falters-on-uncertain-legal-ground/2017/04/02/fc258688-e24f-11e6-a453-19ec4b3d09ba_story.html?utm_term=.b414ff7bcc85

    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?

  22. 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?

  23. https://www.theguardian.com/public-leaders-network/2017/mar/11/drug-addiction-alcohol-treatment-local-authority-funding-cuts?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-2

    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.

  24. 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?

    Governments?
    Law enforcement?
    Everyone’s?

    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!!

  25. 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.

  26. 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?

  27. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-40935150
    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?

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

    http://news.theweek.co.uk/optiext/optiextension.dll?ID=KghKdmsVXW3PPLAO2Hu4HCUc1bWVqKY0lOrFEaKwHjvIYLk0SHRw%2BQhRH%2BYCTSz3i2DLUrmQeX0wofRtYhK1LrrxXdHCy

    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’.

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-41201397

      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?

  29. The Telegraph – 26 June 2017
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/26/myanmar-cambodia-thailand-burn-1billion-narcotics-police-struggle/

    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?

  30. 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?

  31. 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.

  32. Metro – 12 October 2017

    Student aged 21 dies at a house party after taking –
    Heroin
    Ecstasy
    Amphetamines
    Cocaine
    Ketamine
    Cannabis
    Alcohol

    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.

  33. 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.

    https://uab.edu/news/innovation/item/8802-study-suggests-psychedelic-drugs-could-reduce-criminal-behavior

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

  34. 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?

  35. 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.

  36. 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?”

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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

    or

    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?

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

    http://www.omaha.com/news/nebraska-gets-a-cut-of-illegal-drug-revenue-in-an/article_99e65742-3e1c-5640-b05c-720cb8135776.html

    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?

  42. 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.

  43. In the last year, UK Ambulance Services have seen a dramatic increase in the availability of dangerous synthetic opioids. Fentanyl in particular. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid currently listed as a controlled drug that mimics the effects of morphine in the human body, but has a potency 50–100 times that of morphine. This is shocking to say the least that this is so potent to the body.

    There is a significant threat to health if we are exposed to this opioid if ingested orally or inhaled through the nose or mouth. Side affects can include; respiratory depression or arrest, drowsiness, disorientation, rapid loss of consciousness, pinpoint pupils and clammy skin. Symptoms can occur within minutes.

    https://www.theguardian.com/science/blog/2017/aug/29/why-fentanyl-could-become-the-uks-most-dangerous-drug

    What is going on here? Are we looking for different ways to cope with life? Why are we taking huge risks by taking potent drugs knowing how detrimental this is to our health? Are we saying by taking them it will make us feel better and more able to cope with life? My take, I do not think so!

    It really is time to wake up world not only the harm we are doing to ourselves but also to our future generations.

    1. Thank you for this update about Fentanyl Priscilla 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 Priscilla, 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?

  44. 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?

  45. 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.

  46. Post
    Author

    Office for National Statistics

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

    https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/deathsrelatedtovolatilesubstancesandheliumingreatbritain/2001to2016registrations

    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

    https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/cocaine-drugs-violence-middle-class-crime-uk-police-a8364336.html

    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?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-44328655

    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 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.

  53. 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?

  54. 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?

  55. 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?

  56. 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?
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/commitment-to-life-part-1/

    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?
    https://simplelivingglobal.com/world-kidney-day/

    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?

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