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Interview of Johann Hari by Joe Rogan about the ‘Opioid Crisis’ in USA

February 22, 2019 Leave a comment

While I seldom link to YouTube clips or channels, there are times when one come across a clip (short or long) on a topic which I have either written on or wanted to write about. So.. here is a clip from a recent Joe Rogan show/ podcast where he interviews Johann Hari on topics related to drug use and addiction. The main points he is making are things which I have known for many years and are as follows: 1] Sustained and frequent opioid use, and drug use in general, has far more to do with the socio-economic environment and living conditions than drugs themselves; 2] Legalization and regulation is the only effective way to reduce mortality, morbidity and associated societal problems linked to drug use; 3] Reducing the harmful effects of drug addiction requires far more than a patchwork of inadequate and contradictory measures and 4] The way USA is trying to solve the ‘opioid crisis’ (law enforcement, strict regulations and incarceration model) is bound to fail and make the problem worse- though it may make a few rich parasites even richer.

What do you think? Comments?