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“…Stephen King has written 63 books, and is estimated to be worth over $150 million. But in his recently re-released memoir, “On Writing: 10th Anniversary Addition: A Memoir of the Craft,” King tells us that for years, his drug and alcohol addictions were so bad, he can barely remember working on some of his best-known best-sellers…”   “…most psychological theorists credit our inner fears, anxieties and primitive urges as the fuel that drives intellectual growth. The ordinary citizen seeks to avoid them. The artist dives right in…”  These quotes are from an piece called Why Do So Many Writers Struggle With Drug and Alcohol Addiction. Millions of alcoholics and addicts all across America may not have celebrity status, but certainly share a commonality with addiction.  A commonality with famous people we have always admired.  I don’t need to re-create a massive historical archive of celebrity personalities that share this commonality to make this point.   Most of us know this.   Addiction simply is not an isolated issue and America needs to accept that.  Pretending that addiction is isolated to just bad people and treating it  like leprosy; not only denies a stark reality, but avoids taking care of a problem that is undermining our chances at greatness.  Links by Mary S.

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Gwendolyn Noles…The Straight Story.  Gwen was interviewed on Prescription Addiction Radio.  Check out the last hour of the show.  Gwen talks about her  Season in Hell as she battled through an addiction on benzodiazepines Benzos, as they are sometimes known can have a cruel withdrawal.  Gwen went on to write a short memoir about her experience called A Season in Hell.

Diabetes and Drugs This is definitely a subject worth further research.  It’s surprising that little is really known about how a diabetic really fares after prolonged opiate or amphetamine use.  It is more clear with alcohol.  We know it is a deadly mix.  Legal and Illegal Drugs: What Every Person With Diabetes Should Know Before They Party is a piece from Diabetes Health Magazine that offers some street smarts on diabetes and drugs.  One thing for sure the resulting impact on a diabetics body and the costs to society that follow the erratic behavior of a diabetic addict is profoundly negative. Consider this personal witness  in the piece:  Just One Addict!  Breaking the Back of a Los Angeles Budget.  Clearly half of these costs stem from an acute diabetic complication call DKA, diabetic ketoacidosis.   A diabetic addict easily can succumb to DKA from neglecting insulin intake which is common among addicts.  A  famous diabetic heiress with drug problem, Casey Johnson, recently died from what was thought to be drug related.  Now it is known she died as a result of DKA.   Diabetes and drugs, despite how much science knows or doesn’t know is simply a bad combination.  Links by Mary S.

Hillary Clinton’s  March 23rd  “high level” visit to Mexico is a start.  She says we need a “shift”.   Still, no one is hitting a home run on U.S. demand.  Its time to stop sweeping that part of the equation under the rug.  America needs sweeping new policy changes to squash demand in ways we still don’t acknowledge.  While the DEA amps up its PR for more  drug war funding and new narco-terror strategies they readily admit to 7 million junkies in the U.S.  See DEA Statement .  This report indicates a status quo approach to preserving a broken paradigm.   CNN’s Anderson Copper did this 60 minutes report one year ago.  He is ready to do another because the problem is blowing up.  Likewise the Brookings Institute published The Violent Drug Market in Mexico…a year ago.  Clearly the situation is escalating as violence hits new lows in its victims, which includes U.S. citizens.  We need  a war on demand.  Fighting a Mexican Drug War is countering violence with more violence.  Here are two more excellent historical pieces on the drug war.  Mexico’s Drug War, Council on Foreign Relations and Mexican Drug Trade Hits the Border, STRATFOR Global Intelligence.  links by Mary S. and dadonfire.

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