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Sat, 15 Jun 2002 12:54:42 -0400
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Comments below... From: <DocRickFry@aol.com> > In a message dated 6/15/2002 7:26:48 AM Eastern Daylight Time, > email@example.com writes: > > << think I've been pretty clear on the reason for the different treatment > of alcohol and illegal drugs. >> > Yes you have--perfectly clear--you are so entrenched in your flawed > reasoning you yourself cannot see how inconsistent and illogical your > argument is! > ERF OK, someone please fill me in on where I lost track of this thread. Nobody said that one addiction was any better than another. Rather, it was simply pointed out that use of certain things is ILLEGAL (you can argue all you like about the properness of the legality/illegality of this...) The fact remains that the society has determined that use of certain items should be a violation of the law. Others are not. If we, as medical practitioners of all levels (MD, RN, EMTP, CNA, etc.) are expected to use GOOD JUDGMENT (one of your pet peeves, Dr. Frykberg, if I recall,) then how can we expect our patients to trust our judgment on injury/illness treatment when we haven't the judgment to obey the law? I don't see any inconsistency in this logic. If you do, please explain it to me. Perhaps the rest of the list isn't interested, but I most certainly am. For Mr. Horan, who wrote: "I recognize that you do not see the obvious inconsistency. Alcohol is the greater social ill and greater danger on the job. why do you think it is logical to treat abuse differently for one substance than the other?" I offer that since alcohol is LEGAL, and Marijuana/cocaine/heroin/etc are not, there are more people consuming alcohol than other substances. Therefore it follows that there are more 'social ills' associated with alcohol. If you need a discourse on the difference between association versus causation, drop me a line. Remember the gun control debate? More people die from motor vehicle accidents/collisions than guns, so therefore vehicles are more deadly, and we should control them rather than guns. (It's been a long night shift, so forgive me if I don't remember the details of that BS argument.) Judgment comes to the forefront again. I would trust the judgment of one who obeyed the law of the land over one who did not. Call me naive, Polly-anna, or foolish. I'd rather think it's simply logical. And yes, I can tell the difference between an alcohol user and a drug user. I know what to look for, cause I've been there. Can we move on? Best, Jeff Brosius Paramedic, etc. Atlanta, GA www.prehospital-perspective.com firstname.lastname@example.org "The fate of the wounded rest in the hands of the one that applies the first dressing." -- Nicholas Senn, 1896