Laws are not answer to curtail drug abusers

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Pain pill adiction is epidemic. That’s what some leaders in Harriman want the rest of us to believe.  

And J.D. Sampson thinks he has the answer. Obviously the well-meaning councilman has better ideas than the AMA, FDA, DoJ and countless other three-letter acronyms that proliferate our pyramid of government. He had heard of a pill that could not be ground up — maybe on the Internet — therefore, it must be true.

He would be better off asking for signs at the city limits stating which products could or could not be possessed or used within the city.

Who is addicted to these pain pills? It seems to transcend every economic stratum. Why is the problem so rampant? Maybe because our society thinks, and has been taught, that no one should be in pain.
Sampson thinks anything stronger than aspirin should be banned.

I, like many others, succumb to the onslaught of hay fever many times a year. I go through several over-the-counter remedies in my search for relief. The best is hard to come by.

No, the FDA has not banned the product. Nor has the DEA blacklisted the item. Tennessee, at the direction of its legislators, tried to make it as difficult as possible to purchase.

Sudafed is secured in the pharmacy with other narcotics and doled out one package at a time — after I register for purchase. Now Harriman, contrary to law, has added that I must have a prescription. That action has certainly curtailed the methamphetamine issue into oblivion. I think I read that on the Internet somewhere.

Mankind has indulged into mind-altering products for millennia. In fact, mankind has abused all products.

We have had individuals who have wanted to control every facet of our lives for that same time period. Whether our addiction is potato chips, alcohol, methamphetamine or dominance over others, there is the probability of abuse. The data I have seen, in places other than the Internet, indicates that Tennessee has more problems with obesity than it does with prescription pain medications.

Maybe Sampson should direct his attention toward eliminating unhealthful foods from the city?

Or should Sampson, and the rest of the council, direct their efforts toward making Harriman a more economically attractive city?

With the numerous vacant commercial properties littering the area, raising the tax burden on those empty and unused properties would create an incentive for the owners to put the property to some use — or sell them to someone who will.

Empty buildings and unemployment contribute to the mental attitude, which creates the desire for any escape from reality: through eating, drinking or popping pills. And make a few laws where those in authority who thumb their noses at the very laws they are sworn to uphold are held to a higher standard.

We should expect our governments to protect us from others — including the government — and not worry about what we do to ourselves.

Rulers may intend to rule well — but they do intend to rule. Choose them wisely when you vote.

Cliff Segar