What pain patients desperately need and hardly get, youths can easily buy even though they should never be able to. It seems ludicrous how easy it is to get access to illicit drugs, even for teenagers. Despite governments declaring `being tough on drugs’.
Legitimate access to pain relief medicines though is not ensured.
In February 2009, the World Health Organization estimated tens of millions of people worldwide suffering from severe pain having no access to adequate treatment. This causes immense stress and pain also to family and friends not able to help.
Likewise mothers, fathers, sons and daughters are left with trauma and severe suffering when helplessly witnessing their most beloved ones slowly being consumed by drug addiction.
Instead of developing their creative and intellectual potential drug users often turn into dangerous consumers if not criminals who are easily controlled and manipulated providing a dead sure market for those dealing with illicit drugs. An international trade worth 320 billion according to guesstimates. Which would put drugs alongside arms and oil amongst the world's biggest traded good. Demand is constantly increasing. As is organized crime which has become more powerful than ever in spite of governments’ declarations promising the opposite.
Almost unnoticed by the public the UN General Assembly Special Session on Drugs convened for two weeks this month in Vienna. The destructive potential of production, transport and consumption of drugs on the personality as well as society were clearly recognized. With more than 6000 people dying in Mexico alone last year due to fights amongst rivaling drug cartels. Knowing these stark facts tanglible results at the conference, however, were absolutely minimal.
Meanwhile families and communities close to their breaking points are being paralysed no longer able to cope with their perpetuating problems. Caught in a cycle of chronic stress fuelled by the perceived instability and injustice of the current world system. As Dr. Leslie Korn notes in her recently published book Preventing & Treating Diabetes Naturally: The Native Way: "In response to chronic stress people feel depressed, helpless, anxious, irritable, and then they blame themselves for feeling that way. These feelings often lead to self medication with sugar and carbohydrates, drugs, alcohol, sex and other activities... these substances exacerbate the trauma and stress and the cycle continues...."
It is high time to stop it.