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  •  Paul LePage--like many people--does not understand (7+ / 0-)

    the nature of addiction. He thinks that these people using heroin are somehow morally flawed, criminal, and deserving of punishment or even death by overdose. He doesn't understand addiction the way the medical and therapy community understands it. He doesn't even understand it the way AA and NA understand it. He doesn't understand it at all, and in typical LePage fashion, he's not interested in understanding it.

    The reason there is so much heroin use in Maine is right here in your diary: they have scared the doctors into writing fewer pain scripts. Thus, less on the black market. There is a HUGE problem in Maine with people abusing prescription opioids. They turn to heroin not to "get high" but just to be able to feel well enough to function.

    My brother, bastrop, had an excellent diary about addiction up this weekend: On Heroin and the Nature of Addiction which I encourage everyone to read. He knows what he's talking about.

    Pope Francis: the Thumb of Christ in the eyes of the Pharisees.

    by commonmass on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 10:21:07 AM PST

    •  He also probably thinks he doesn't know anyone (4+ / 0-)
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      who uses either prescription narcotics or heroin. (He is undoubtedly wrong.) It's easy to be judgmental when you think it's only "those people" who are affected.

    •  The attribution error. (0+ / 0-)

      When someone does something that we think is wrong/hurts us/angers us, we attribute their behavior to a moral or character flaw intrinsic in who they are as a person.  The reality is, everyone does something for a reason, and RARELY is the reason that they have an intrinsic character flaw.

      "I don't want a unicorn. I want a fucking pegasus. And I want it to carry a flaming sword." -mahakali overdrive

      by Silvia Nightshade on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 12:44:37 PM PST

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