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What is a drug?
That's a fair question to start this page.
First let me say that there is no easy answer to that question. But, click here for my approach to that question.
This web site is written to describe a common sense moral code -- a code which is presented in a book. That actual code is NOT on this web site, but you can click on "free books" at the top of any page to request TWO free copies of that book to be mailed to you.
As you browse around on this web site you'll find many examples of things which I, Karl Loren, have felt were immoral or corrupt behavior. I would like to stress that the free books I would like to send you do NOT have examples like these in them.
The common sense moral code described in that book is intended to serve for any person, of any religious belief. For instance the book suggests that you should not take "harmful drugs," but does NOT give examples of any harmful drugs.
Thus, this moral code is not one of those that are so rigid and dogmatic as to turn away many who might agree that it is wrong to take harmful drugs, but who cannot all agree on the same list of "harmful drugs."
But, each person who gets this book can, if he or she wishes, adopt the moral code in that book for their own moral code.
But, you can also use this moral code to build your own.
Thus the item in the book about "drugs" simply says to not take "harmful drugs." You can, as your own personal decision, say that "harmful drugs include cocaine and all other illegal street drugs." I would happen to agree with that.
But you would see that a cocaine user might not be very interested in a moral code that was so blunt as to tell him that HE was being immoral by using cocaine. This common sense moral code has to have an amazingly clever gradient scale to improved morality to appeal to a very broad range of the population.
You might also believe that "truly bad" drugs are "really good!"
On the morning he was to take the SAT last March, a 17-year-old senior at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in suburban Washington went looking for a bottle of pills. His score on practice tests had been too low and, with his sights set on an Ivy League college, he needed a miracle. Or, friends suggested, Adderall. (source)
When I, Karl Loren, write on this, my own personal web site, about "don't take harmful drugs" I don't leave any doubt on these pages that I find the use of any illegal street drug to be a violation of MY moral code. I suggest that even someone who uses cocaine might well agree with this (or not!).
The point I want to emphasize here is that you have to adopt, or not adopt, the common sense moral code of your own free choice. A moral code cannot be forced on you.
But, if you freely choose this common sense moral code (in the book) then you are obviously also free to add to it in any way you wish.
I happen to feel strongly that psychiatric drugs are "harmful." Thus, you will see on these pages many examples of the harm down by use of psychiatric drugs. You may feel otherwise. You and I would disagree! However, you would not have to disagree with the common sense moral code you can get free by asking -- because it says, "don't use harmful drugs," but does NOT say which are harmful. It is then YOUR judgment as to what criteria to use for judging "harm."
In the light above I would urge you to read about the psychiatric drugs that are the root cause of the Columbine shootings -- click here.
The Physicians Desk Reference (PDR) records that, during controlled clinical trials of Luvox, manic reactions developed in 4 percent of children. Mania is defined as "a form of psychosis characterized by exalted feelings, delusions of grandeur … and overproduction of ideas." Court records show that the prescription for Harris had been filled 10 times between April 1998 and March 1999, and that three-and-a-half months before the shooting the dose had been increased — a common thread many experts say they are finding prior to adverse reactions to psychotropic drugs. The autopsy on Harris revealed a "therapeutic level" of Luvox in his system.
Other school shooters on antidepressants at the time of their attacks include 15-year-old Kip Kinkel who, while on Prozac, killed his parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on classmates, killing two and wounding 22 others; 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush, on "antidepressants" when she wounded one student at Bishop Neumann High School in Williamsport, Pa.; and 18-year-old Jason Hoffman, on Effexor and Celexa when he wounded one teacher and three students at Granite Hills High School in El Cajon, Calif.
The medical histories of scores of "school shooters" have not been revealed, allegedly to protect the minor child. Ann Blake Tracy is a consultant in Taylor's lawsuit and director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness. She holds a doctorate in biological psychology and is a specialist in what she believes are the adverse reactions to SSRI medications. She says Luvox caused Harris to go on the Columbine shooting spree and thinks the medical history of children who commit violent acts in school should be made public.
"Suing Solvay for the injuries Mark Taylor suffered is one of the biggest SSRI suits we'll ever see," Tracy says. "It's a pivotal case because what happened at Columbine was so big. It's really crazy when you think about it. All you have to do is read the Luvox package insert to see that Eric's actions were due to an adverse reaction to this drug. Show me a drug anywhere that has listed mania and psychosis as frequent adverse reactions. That is what the insert says for Luvox. There is no doubt in my mind that Luvox caused Eric Harris to commit these acts."
The PDR lists adverse reactions of Luvox to the nervous system as:
"FREQUENT: amnesia, apathy, hyperkinesis, hypokinesis, manic reaction, myoclonus, psychotic reaction;
"INFREQUENT: agoraphobia, akathisia, CNS depression, convulsion, delirium, delusion, depersonalization, drug dependence, emotional liability, euphoria, hallucinations, hostility, hysteria, incoordination, increased salivation, increased libido, paralysis, paranoid reaction, phobia, psychosis, sleep disorder, stupor, twitching, vertigo."
Tracy continues, "Beyond the adverse reactions listed about Luvox, one of the first clues I had that these boys were on antidepressants was when it was made public that Eric [Harris] and Dylan Klebold had both been in anger-management classes. Anger-management classes equal antidepressants. Unfortunately, Dylan Klebold's medical records have been sealed, so there's no way of knowing what if anything he was on, but it makes sense that if he was in anger-management classes he was prescribed some antidepressant." (source)
For instance kids are increasingly using prescription drugs instead of "street drugs." This may seem to be a news item about the foolishness of teenagers, but consider the other view -- that "regular prescription drugs" sold to millions of so-called "legitimate people" cause such effects that kids find them an acceptable substitute for marijuana!
The nation's teenagers are increasingly trying prescription drugs such as Vicodin and OxyContin to get high, with the pill-popping members of "Generation Rx" often raiding their parents' medicine cabinets, according to the latest national study by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.
The 17th annual study on teen drug abuse, released Thursday morning, found that about one in five teenagers has abused a prescription painkiller -- more than have experimented with either Ecstasy, cocaine, crack or LSD. One in 11 teens had abused over-the-counter products such as cough medicine, the study reported. (Source)
Within THIS moral code YOU have to decide whether some substance is a harmful drug. You can look at scientific data about the substance, but ultimately it is a MORAL judgment for you and YOU must decide what is moral and what is not.
Harmful drugs are often found sneaking into society through the golden doors of "good reason." After all, the images of Terrie Schiavo are still haunting -- and since each of us will die, we each have an interest in how we will move through that part of existence. If you "worry" about approaching death doesn't it seem reasonable to take an "anti-worry drug?"
After all, wasn't Terrie forced to live as a vegetable by artificial means? Or, is there some nobility in the movement of blood through an insenible structure?
Even the Wall Street Journal lauds the "new improvement" in allowing patients to have more control over their own death! If you have only a few weeks to live, and are "anxious," why not take an anti-anxiety pill for a final comfort in those final days?
What if you knew that the drug would reduce your chances of a spiritual after-life? Well, that possibility is so far from the common reality that the pill-pushers feel confident that they can take over this last bastion of sentient life -- the last few weeks of life can be eased chemically into a new non-worry zone!
The moral code espoused on these pages suggests, simply, Do Not Take Harmful Drugs. It becomes necessary then, does it not, to decide how harmful a drug could be when taken in the last few days of living?
Although the moral code promoted here is "non religious" isn't it interesting that almost all of living bumps into decisions that demand some understanding of the spiritual side of existence -- yea! even to acknowledge that it might exist! (WSJ Article on this subject)
Lately Tom Cruise has been criticizing psychiatric drugs. It is time more publicity was put on this subject. I happen to share his feelings on this completely. Click here to read that story.
References to Pages On Alcohol
What Is A Drug?
The Drug Treatment Of Depression Is One Of The Greatest Fallacies In The History Of Medicine
Use A Psychiatric Drug To "Treat" The Chemical Imbalance In The Brain That "Causes" Relationship Problems!
Biotech Analysts Strive to Peek Inside Clinical Tests of Drugs
Journals Embargo Articles, But Word Gets Out to Many
Bad Drugs With So-Called Good Uses