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Drug (ab)use in Medicine?Dave Adler EMT-P email@example.com
Wed, 12 Jun 2002 02:01:43 -0400
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Russ, There are several laws I personally don't agree with, though for obvious reasons I won't list them here. They range in severity from citations to felonies, and in general are mala prohibitum in nature. However, I've cited and arrested those who violated those particular statutes. I'll continue to do so. In short, I don't have to agree in substance or in theory with every law. What I have to do is enforce it, and let the system work. What you, and every other citizen in a civilized world, must do is obey it until such change as you can exercise lawful methods to have the statute stricken. If I wanted to write the laws, my signature file would read Senator instead of Sergeant or EMT-P. You doubt marijuana is the reason someone snaps? Perhaps, if it's pure marijuana. Of course, that's the big problem with street drugs, isn't it? Purity is never assured, nor is the exact composition of the drug known. However, I'll say this- while there certainly may be another reason for a marijuana user to become assaultive other than simply their THC level, it's certainly a contributing factor since it affects judgment. Dave Adler, EMT-P Editor, Prehospital Perspective Magazine www.prehospital-perspective.com firstname.lastname@example.org > -----Original Message----- > From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > On Behalf Of Russ Pasley > Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2002 3:30 PM > To: email@example.com > Subject: RE: Drug (ab)use in Medicine? > > Dave, > > As a "cop" would you enforce a law that you found to be morally wrong? > What about one you just didn't agree with? I don't doubt that you can > wreck your car while stoned. You can also do that if you've been up all > night or trying to unwrap that burrito. Those assault cases you speak of? > If someone is upset or unbalanced I doubt if the "weed" is what set them > over the edge. I know someone who has AIDS and cancer. They were > suffering from "wasting" dropping an alarming amount of weight. He > started > on some medicine that seemed to help. The problem is that it's > expensive > and he had to take periodic blood tests to make sure his liver (and > kidneys?) weren't being damaged. Turns out this medicine was pretty toxic > stuff. Then he got a medical marijuana card, started smoking, threw his > pills away, and gained his weight back. So Dave, would you pop him for > smoking? For possesion? What if he didn't live in California and instead > resided in your "neck of the woods"? I'm not saying you have to like pot > or even agree that it should be decriminalized. However there are a > multitude of things harmful to us that are legal, like eating too many > donuts (and of course tobacco and booze). I would never advoacte driving > while under the influence and certainly not working under the influence. > BUT how unfortunate that all those EMS personel out there that like to > occasionally have a toke on their own free time, as mature adults in a > free society, those who put their lives and health on the line daily in > order to save others, well it's a cryin shame that they have to sneak > around as dirty little criminals risking freedom and career. > > Freedom all the way baby (as long as you don't hurt others)!! > > Russ > > > > -- > trauma-list : TRAUMA.ORG > To change your settings or unsubscribe visit: > http://www.trauma.org/traumalist.html