Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Updated Mission Statement
Updated the page about this site.
The purpose of opiophilia is:
(I) To advocate for the right of individuals to use opiates, also known as narcotic analgesics, without constraint. This includes both "medical" and "recreational" use as well as any route of administration as determined by the user (oral, intranasal, intravenous, ect.)
(II) To provide accurate information about opiates.
(III) To offer different perspectives on opiate use. In an era where the use of opiates is viewed with suspicion at best and outright hostility as worst, Opiophilia hopes to de-stigmatize and de-pathologize opiate use by providing the perspective(s) of a user(s), including the good, bad and downright ugly.
(IV) To document the worst abuses of the "War on (some) Drugs," which is really a war on the people who use the "wrong" drugs. The truism that the first casualty of war is truth is certainly at work here, as well as the inevitable dehumanization of the "enemy." As INPUD says, we are people not collateral damage.
I have thought long and hard about these issues over the years. I always welcome constructive debate, but please do not contact me to tell me how my views are "sick" or "wrong." Yes, I want to legalize heroin as well as all other pharmaceutical opioid drugs for all adults. Perhaps you adhere to the "progressive" notion
that people who use opiates are "diseased" and in need of "treatment," delivered against the "patient's" will if necessary. I support meaningful treatment for people who have issues with their substance use, as long as the treatment is evidence-based and voluntary. I reject the notion that drug use, in and of itself, is a disease.
If these views offend you, please look away.