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Drug Problem at Reed


Replies to: Drug Problem at Reed

  • Cardinal FangCardinal Fang Registered User Posts: 17,506 Senior Member
    Two heroin deaths in two years in a student body of 1400 is ipso facto a drug problem. Experimenting is one thing, but two kids ended up dead.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    What's surprising is why there aren't more deaths on Portlands campuses/
    But I thought meth was a bigger problem.
    Portland Police Make Large Heroin Bust in NE | ThePortlander
    Local News | Portland is prime spot for deaths by heroin overdose | Seattle Times Newspaper
    The number of heroin overdose deaths in Portland and across Oregon has increased significantly in the past nine years, said Dennis Donin, director of development for CODA, a nonprofit drug treatment center in Oregon and Washington that treats 1,000 patients a day.

    In 1991 in Oregon, 39 died from heroin overdoses. In 1999, the number had grown to 246 deaths. In Portland's Multnomah County, the death toll went from 22 in 1991 to 153 last year.

    Authorities blame the high heroin-related death rate on easy availability of the drug from overseas shipments and a lack of resources to treat addicts in danger of dying from overdoses.

    Sometimes pure isn't a good thing.
    Heroin overdoses spiking in Portland
    Portland police and Multnomah County health officials are reporting an alarming increase in heroin overdoses.

    According to the police, officers responded to three overdose calls in a 24-hour period at the end of the last week.

    An officer assisting at one of the calls was accidentally struck with needle on a syringe Friday.

    Police believe the overdoses may be caused by an unusually pure supply of heroin in the city. Drug investigators believe it is the purest heroin being dealt in the country.
  • DoinSchoolDoinSchool Registered User Posts: 738 Member
    Obviously it's irresponsible for Reed to promote hard drugs, but I would like to see them take a firmer stance in defense of those certain drugs which allow for the individual to explore the nature of reality and their own mind - a God-given right, in my opinion.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    but I would like to see them take a firmer stance in defense of those certain drugs which allow for the individual to explore the nature of reality and their own mind - a God-given right, in my opinion.

    You are over your head. " those certain drugs" ?
    Give me a break- :rolleyes:
    Try re applying to Reed after you have been enthralled by life without the aid of chemicals- a two week break isn't long enough to say you are not a drug user, let alone " sober".
  • DoinSchoolDoinSchool Registered User Posts: 738 Member
    Yeah, I guess it's just a complete coincidence that Francis Crick intuited the structure of DNA while experimenting with LSD.
    There are more to "drugs" than the information your neighborhood D.A.R.E officer brainwashed you with.
    I respect a personal commitment to sobriety, but I think a line has been crossed when others are prohibited from self-exploration via drug usage...and it's incredibly ignorant to generalize that all illegal drugs are bad, because big daddy Government says so, when dozens (if not hundreds) of prescription medications destroy peoples' lives.
  • TrinSFTrinSF Registered User Posts: 1,482 Senior Member
    DoingSchool: As I'm sure you know, scientific studies on the theraputic uses of entheogens has been difficult for years and years. However, there are some changes, and some research has been able to move forward. The problem is that most people translate "self-exploration" into "I'm rationalizing being a stoner", whether you think that's okay or not.
  • wlev1618wlev1618 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    of course it makes sense to say "those certain drugs." to equate alcohol and cannabis with LSD and psilocybin and then equate that with street heroin is just foolish and ignorant. and also, I don't think anyone was implying that they NEED these substances to be "enthralled by life," I got a different impression-that changing your perception of reality can lead to discoveries and inspirations you may not have attained otherwise. I respect a life of sobriety, but I respect someone who experiments responsibly. the whole "just [blindly] say no" campaign of DARE is propaganda, honestly. I had to relearn everything I thought I knew about substances because of it. and I certainly don't believe the government has the right to tell me what plants I can grow in backyard and whether I'm allowed to trip or not...I don't care how 'hippy dippy' it sounds, I believe that tripping can lead to meaningful philosophical experiences and maybe the government is scared of that, I don't know. but I do know that it's my human right to be able to use whatever substances I want to.

    oh, and a note on heroin-reed never condoned the use of heroin, they never said it was okay. these kids weren't shooting up in the student union, they were using it in their private dorms/apartments. it's really sad that it had to turn out the way it did, but it's not the college's fault. reed attracts risk takers just by the nature of its student body...and sad people, I think, just because (to generalize, oops) "intellectuals" can sometimes be pretty sad. sad people use opiates. and I've thought about this a lot too...I mean, heroin (especially street heroin, obviously), has a huge amount of risk, but I think some people try it anyway, because they find the gain greater to be worth the risk. just like we drive in cars everyday, even though thousands of people die in car crashes everyday...but we do it anyway, because it makes our lives better. some people find the gain worth the risk...or they DID, originally, but then they got addicted.
  • emeraldkity4emeraldkity4 Registered User Posts: 35,861 Senior Member
    Unless you are manufacturing the drugs in your dorm room as in the incident after which Reed banned microwaves, you have no idea what the drugs contain or the people that were harmed during their journey to you.
    Going to limit yourself to psilocybin mushrooms? Fine- just be sure you are an expert.
  • wlev1618wlev1618 Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    I agree...that's why I said it's silly to equate cannabis with a street drug like heroin that could be cut with all sorts of dangerous substances. That's not a risk I'm willing to take. Some people are willing to take that risk and I don't feel like I have any right to judge them, as long as they are properly informed about those risks and use heroin knowing it might not even be heroin or it could be dangerously pure and could shut down their body.
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