carolinalima - If you don't mind me asking, have you had a friend or family member that was addicted to meth? I did have a family member who was, a close family member. He tried hard to beat it but always went back. It did change him, a lot. Ultimately though, he was killed in a car wreck when an oncoming driver crossed into his lane after having dozed off behind the wheel - otherwise I suspected he would have eventually OD'ed.
I agree these harder drugs do not need to be legalized, but that also those who are addicted to them need more help.
As for prescription meds needing to be prescribed and controlled by a doctor, well ideally this is how it works. In reality just as much of these drugs cross the US borders as do other drugs. They can be bought on the street, online, stolen, etc. Others find doctors who will write out just about any script. This is why there are more strict regulations now... and unfortunately why those who actually need these pain medications must suffer the stigma that they're just another addict.
It makes you wonder what good legalizing anything, but with controls, would do. People would just find a way around it. Either to hide it from those who employ them or out of shame.
I want to say it was last May? There was an Oklahoma lawyer who broke into and held up a pharmacy to get pain killers - if that doesn't show the level that these drugs can addict some, nothing will.
...though I don't understand how. Oxycotin does nothing for pain or affect my mood/mental state at all. All it did was make me
How or why anyone would take such a useless drug is beyond me.