Medical Drug Administration & First Aid
For Personal Safety & the Safety of OthersI
When the annual death toll from motor vehicle accidents reached 50,000 in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson united all Americans in an effort to make driving safer by demanding automobile manufacturers design motor vehicles that protect motorists from harm and engineers developing roads and highways that reduce traffic accidents. President Johnson introduced educational programs that would teach the public age 16 years and older how to drive safely and defensively. Nearly a half century later, LBJ's legacy is still unfolding with more than 6 times the number of motor vehicles on the roads and a reduction of life-threatening accidents.
When the drug-induced mortality barely reached 7,000 for the year 1969, Predient Richard Nixon divided Americans in an effort to rid the nation of controlled substances that the U.S. Federal Government declared illegal, making drug use -- even for medical purposes -- unsafe and increasing the liklihood of drug abuse and addiction by preventing the public from accessing legal prescriprtion medications and resorting to illegal and unsafe drugs transported to drug users through an underground network. President Ronald Reagan along with First Lady Nancy Reagan, introduced the first steps towards drug abuse awareness that made drug abuse an epidemic among risk-takers. Prison entences for non-violent drug law offenses, even the mere possession of a controlled substance, became longer than sentences handed down for those convicted of premeditated murder.
The annual drug-induced death rate escalated to nearly 50,000 during the first years of the second decade of the 20th century, demonstrating how poorly American drug policy has performed. Meanwhile, taxpayers are burdened by the cost of housing the largest prison population in the world.
In 2003, while recruiting candidate subjects for an RNA gene therapy study at Stanford University, I began interviewing candidates rejected on the basis of current/prior illicit drug use. Denied government funding, there was enough public interest for the study to resume at UCLA in 2005. Forty-seven percent of all drug users or former drug users contributing to case histories were well aware they were using street drugs to treat a legitimate medical disorder that had been either undiagnosed or left untreated. Many former street drug users treating a medical disorder had been able to acquire medically appropriate equivalents or a more appropriate drug to treat their chronic illness.
By 2006, it had become obvious that medical drug users began habitual use usually on their own after a brief period of experimentation. Rather than learning how to use prescription drugs for medical purposes, drug abuse awareness teaches the public how to abuse drugs on the journedy to inform them about the dangers, which had about as much impact on students as listing the side effects of prescription drugs in today's television commericals. .
During October 2006, one of the nation's most scrutinized medical drug use cases hit home when Richard Paey, a wheelchair-bound, married white heterosexual former attorney with school-age children had already served 2 years of a 25-year sentence in a Florida state prison for using a prescription drug, OxyContin that he needed to reduce the extrutiating pain he had in his back due to a botched surgery. The case drew dramatic interest after media released a report maintaining that Mr. Paey had been receiving daily doses of morphine -- courtesy of Floridian taxpayers -- that were stronger than the OxyContin equivalent ordered by his doctors that led to his conviction. For the first time, the majority of Americans were cognizant that the War on Drugs had become a war on the sick and disabled members of society.
By December 11, 2006, I had sufficient evidence to support the hypothesis that teaching the public at every age the right way to administer drugs for medical purposes was a better approach than informing 5th graders how drugs are abused in the effort to present the dangers of abusing drugs and coerce America's youth to sign a pledge never to practice the behavior they just learned. Calling my proposed concept Drug Use Education, I delivered delivered my initial presentation to the 2nd Annual Conference of Methamaphetamine, AIDS, and Hepatitis in Salt Lake City, Utah during the first 3 days in February 2007. In December 2007, I presented the concept of Drug Use Education at the 2007 International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in New Orleans, Louisianna.
In January 2008, I joined the Barack Obama Presidential campaign and completed the first version of the Drug Use Education Process Initiative (The DUE Process Initiative) now known as DPI that was submitted to Senator Dianne Feinstein on March 8, 2008. Senator Feinstein responded favorably in a personal email in July 2008.
By 2009, it became evident that President Obama had been repositioned to spend his first term striking a balance for conservative constituents. Thus, DPI moved to the peripheral sphere, as I coordinated with the Soros Foundation and UCSD HIV Neurobehavioral Research Center (HNRC), developing a proposal for HNRC neurologists to study both the positive and negative aspects of illicit and prescription neuropsychopharmacotherapies in the quest to understand the real goals of drug users. By that time I was beginning to doubt the existence of "recreational drug use", which enticed the interest of UCSD intellectuals. Nevertheless, the HNRC was bound by a commitment to the U.S. Federal Government to address the requirements of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and pursue a one-dimensional study of methamphetamine side effects that is unconcerned with understanding why certain populations choose these drugs.
Despite any move by the U.S. Federal Government to change its position on drug policy, there was an elephant in the Oval Office as American citizens were quickly coming to understand the prescription drug crisis and the mind-numbing drug-induced mortality rate that continues to climb despite government intervention. DPI's Prisoner of War Early Release (POWER) had been moving upward from local county government to state and by 2012, was parked at the U.S. Supreme Court as an effort was made to draw a response from the U.S. Department of Education and First Lady Michelle Obama on Drug Use Education.
During August 2013, U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder brought forth the the first major dramatic shift in U.S. drug policy that he noted would cascade down from U.S. Federal Government to the state and local governments across America. Proposing to reduce the number of mandatory minimums for non-violent drug law offenses, Holder had taken the first action towards decriminalization of all drugs.
Mr. Holder noted that "by reserving the most severe penalties for serious, high-level, or violent drug traffickers, we can better promote public safety, deterrence, and rehabilitation -- while making our expenditures smarter and more productive," While Mr. Holder's actions are commendable, the U.S. Federal Government continues to alude a goal to provide basic and advanced first aid, as well as medical and pharmacological training for K12 students and adults. Real healthcare reform starts with a different perspective towards neuropsychopharmacotherapies. It is time that the U.S. Federal Government apply the same sensible solution that President Lyndon Johnson derived that has promoted motor vehicle safety. Drug user safety affects every American citizen. It would be wise for President Obama to unite all citizens in a coesive effort to protect the generations of Americans today and tomorrow from the chemical and electro pharmacotherapies that will continue to take the lives of citizens until they have the knowledge and discipline skills to use drugs safely for their medical purposes.