Don’t Like: Crippling Cocaine Addiction Circa 1979

Remember when everybody did coke? Those were the days. It was nice and safe for you. Even the Nixon and BNDD (now called the DEA) thought it wasn’t that bad for you.

Actually it was.

I used to hang out with a bunch of Miami drug kingpins back then. I didn’t touch the stuff on account of my hayfever. But damn it made them do crazy things. I once saw them… actually I shouldn’t say.  The point is it was bad. Sure they made a lot of money. Sure they were never really arrested and they’ve gone on to live productive, family centered lives after selling off their distribution lines. But well… you know… Don’t do drugs!

[note: none of that stuff actually happened and I wasn’t born yet]

Some facts courtesy of WIKI:

Cocaine (benzoylmethyl ecgonine) is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant.[2] The name comes from “coca” in addition to the alkaloid suffix -ine, forming cocaine. It is both a stimulant of the central nervous system and an appetite suppressant. Specifically, it is a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, a noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor and a serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Because of the way it affects the mesolimbic reward pathway, cocaine is addictive. Nevertheless, cocaine is used in medicine as a topical anesthetic, even in children, specifically in eye, nose and throat surgery.

Its possession, cultivation, and distribution are illegal for non-medicinal and non-government sanctioned purposes in virtually all parts of the world. Although its free commercialization is illegal and has been severely penalized in virtually all countries, its use worldwide remains widespread in many social, cultural, and personal settings.

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