There is a little known fact of the Civil War. It seems that the relatively crude medical and surgical treatments of that bloodiest of American conflicts not only freed some slaves, but also created some. You see the veterans of that great slaughter who survived in many case were discharged addicted to morphine. American pharmacology, of course, immediately went to work to find a cure for this new affliction, what was needed was a simple cure. They of course in short order found it, it was named heroin.
Now we are in the midst of another all-American conflict which has drug on much longer than the War Between the States, it is known as the War on Drugs. The War on Drugs erupted shortly after America lost the War on Poverty. The casualties of that war have been horrendous and staggering. The surviving veterans who have limped out of prison are also in many cases bringing out with them an assortment of addictions. Once again American pharmacology appears to have come up with a new wonder drug called suboxone.
But AA members are beginning to whisper a rumor that their ranks and the ranks of other similar support groups are now being invaded by veterans of this new war who are all jacked up on suboxone. It is of course all conspiracy theory. Suboxone is a prescription drug, and the agencies working with these veterans – the agencies which supervise them – the ones who inquire as to whether they have been taking their medications, well they do not prescribe suboxone.
So the rumor mill runs, and runs. Is this all a conspiracy theory dredged up by former alcoholics, crank libertarians – some kind of Orwellian myth? It is beyond this author to say, but it seems like the persistent rumors need to be laid to rest. Someone with unimpeachable credibility simply needs to stand up and clear the air. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be any such person – as the agencies have become suspect and the watchdogs…well they appear to be involved in the system. What then can be done, that is the question.
George T. McNaughton