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Pantagraph.com | News | Addict finds life after drugs

Pantagraph.com | News | Addict finds life after drugs.

This article quotes a program director saying:

“I feel it’s harder to treat someone addicted to marijuana over heroin because heroin users can see the harmful effects but marijuana users can’t,” said Diemer, adding that of IHR’s 269 clients in 2008, 40 were heroin users. “A lot of times when someone is addicted to heroin, they are also addicted to all opiates and “people who have access to medical insurance can abuse it, which leads to an addiction to prescription drugs.’’

First of all, I can’t for the life of me figure out how anyone who has dealt with heroin addiction can possibly say its easier to treat a heroin addict than a marijuana “addict”….you’d have to be completely irrational and have your head in the clouds!

But what really struck me was this “because heroin users can see the harmful effects but pot users can’t”.  If there aren’t any detrimental effects to ones well being than how can we call it addiction? How can we call marijuana abuse addiction if the patient sees no harmful effects…further more, why is it so important to make someone stop smoking pot if they don’t see a reason to?  Why spend what little resources, energy and time we have for addiction treatment, treating a population of people that don’t have the classic symptom of addiction–which is “trying to stop and being unable to”?  If they see no reason to stop, why are we wasting money telling them they have to?

Even more striking in this comment is this persons comment about health insurance being abused!  Sure, there are ways for any insurance to be abused or frauded….but an addicts problem is usually that they don’t have ENOUGH insurance, not that they have too much@!

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