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Druggie zombie junkies, and the language battle at the heart of our attitudes towards addiction

Unless there is a change in how we speak about drug users, it is easy to justify an environment where treatment and support is shrinking -- which it is at an alarming rate

Ian Hamilton@ian_hamilton_

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Confidence and self-belief are fragile states. For most of us they can either be nurtured or destroyed by the way others describe us. So consider for a moment what terms like "junkie", "crack-head" or "zombie" do for the self-esteem of people who develop problems with drugs.

Even the less colloquial phrases -- like drug-abuser and getting clean (or dirty) -- are loaded with judgement. It would be unheard of describe a person with diabetes as having "dirty" blood results but this description is still used for positive drug tests.

The solution seems easy. We should just avoid using loaded language and derogatory terms to describe people who find themselves in this situation. After all this is not a niche group, hundreds of thousands of people have problems with drugs and alcohol, so a change in vocabulary could have a significant impact.

The stigma associated with problem drug use is likely to have deterred many from seeking help as they either don't recognise themselves as fitting with a stereotype or are perhaps too ashamed to speak to anyone.

But even if every one of us suddenly changed the way we describe people who have problems with drugs, there is no guarantee that our underlying beliefs would have altered. I suspect that we merely learn what's acceptable to say, rather than change how we really think. Adopting a more acceptable vocabulary to artificially signal acceptance and tolerance might be worse: it would give the false impression that our negative attitudes have changed.

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A soldier burns an illegal opium plantation near Pueblo Viejo in the Sierra Madre del Sur, in the southern state of Guerrero, Mexico

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Mexico seeks to halt heroin trade

Illegal opium plantation burning

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Mexico seeks to halt heroin trade

Soldiers cut opium poppies as they destroy a field of illegal plantation

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Mexico seeks to halt heroin trade

Poppy farmer Nieves Garcia reacts next to her husband, "We are not drug traffickers, we want a dignified life," said Garcia, who has grown poppies since she was a child. "My kids have left this place because there's no way of getting ahead."

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SOC - survival of society (propaganda_theme3) USE - gateway, use is abuse (propaganda_theme4) KID - children (propaganda_theme5)
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Classic Modern Drug Propaganda
Themes in Chemical Prohibition
Drug War Propaganda (kindle edition)
propaganda_theme1 : drug war propaganda theme: hated groupshated group

propaganda theme1
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"drug users" "drug-abuser" "users" "Druggie" "junkies" "junkie" "crack-head" "drug traffickers"9Hated Groups (propaganda theme 1)
drugwarfacts.org/druguse.htm
drugwarfacts.org/racepris.htm
America's Racist Drug laws
narcoterror.org/
Labeling theory
Transfer (propaganda)
 addiction 60%
[news] [concept]
"addiction"1Twelve-Step Snake Oil (2012)
Ceremonial Chemistry: The Ritual Persecution of Drugs, Addicts, and Pushers (Thomas Szasz)
Rat Park
substance.com/stop-nora-volkow-l...
iboga-experience.nl/
lewrockwell.com/2013/08/stephen-...
wakingtimes.com/2014/03/12/canna...
Most People With Addiction Simply Grow Out of It: Why Is This Widely Denied? (2014)
propaganda_theme2 : drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugsmadness, violence, illness

propaganda theme2 60%
[news] [concept]

"stigma" "zombie" "alarming" "destroyed" "destroy" "problems" "problem" addiction10Madness Crime Violence Illness (propaganda theme 2)
drugwarfacts.org/crime.htm
drugwarfacts.org/causes.htm
Distortion 18: Cannabis and Mental Illness
No, marijuana use doesn't lower your IQ (10/2014)
 use is abuse

use is abuse 60%
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"drug users" "drug use" "abuser"3Use is Abuse (propaganda theme 4)
drugwarfacts.org/addictiv.htm
propaganda_theme4 : drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gatewaygateway, use is abuse

propaganda theme4 60%
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use is abuse Use is Abuse, Gateway (propaganda theme 4)
propaganda_theme5 : drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugschildren

propaganda theme5 60%
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"child" "kids" "message"4Children Corrupted (propaganda theme 5)
drugwarfacts.org/adolesce.htm
Think of the children
propaganda_theme6 : drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; wardemonize, war, epidemic

propaganda theme6 60%
[news] [concept]

"battle"1Demonize, War (propaganda theme 6)
List of Wars on Concepts
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The Failed War on Drugs (2012)
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illegal drugs
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various drugs  
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chemicals
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plants 55%
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poppy erowid.org/plants/plants.shtml
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heroin opiate opium  
 euphoric stimulant 90%
[news] [concept]
cocaine  
 sedative 55%
[news] [concept]
poppy  
 analgesic
[news] [concept]
heroin opiate opium  
 euphoriant 55%
[news] [concept]
poppy  
 depressant intoxicant 50%
[news] [concept]
alcohol  
 stimulant 90%
[news] [concept]
cocaine  
 narcotic
[news] [concept]
opiate Managing Pain
opiate : a substance derived from the opium poppyopiate
[news] [concept]
"junkies" "junkie" opium heroin2Managing Pain
 alcohol 50%
[news] [concept]
"alcohol"1Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site
drugwarfacts.org/alcohol.htm
Pot Threatens Booze Profits
cocaine : cocaine; any formcocaine 90%
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crack mapinc.org/coke.htm
drugwarfacts.org/cocaine.htm
erowid.org/chemicals/cocaine/
 crack 90%
[news] [concept]
"crack-head"1drugwarfacts.org/cms/?q=node/32
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"heroin" "junkies" "junkie"9google.com/search?q=Alfred+McCoy...
mapinc.org/heroin.htm
drugwarfacts.org/heroin.htm
Managing Pain
 Opium

opium 60%
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"opium"3erowid.org/chemicals/opium/
https://web.archive.org/web/2007...
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poppy 55%
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"Poppy" "poppies"3https://web.archive.org/web/2007...
erowid.org/plants/poppy/
 various drugs 95%
[news] [concept]
"Druggie" "drug" "drugs" "drug-abuser"12 
 various illegal drugs
[news] [concept]
"drug users" "drug traffickers" "drug-abuser"3mapinc.org
drugwarfacts.org
DEA's Drugs of Abuse booklet
drugwarfacts.org/drugtest.htm
 youth 60%
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propaganda theme5 ssdp.org/
mapinc.org/youth.htm
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msm
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mockingbird Mainstream Media
whowhatwhy.org/2014/04/09/media-...
archive.lewrockwell.com/orig14/a...
Michael Levine, Mainstream Media: The Drug War Shills
beforeitsnews.com/alternative/20...
Mainstream Media: The Most Significant Threat To Freedom
msm.rt.com/
sputniknews.com/europe/20160225/...
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"Reuters"5Operation Mockingbird - Mighty Wurlitzer
carlbernstein.com/magazine cia a...
US Media Conceals News (2013)
Two of the Largest American Newspapers Opine in Favor of Allowing States to Legalize Marijuana (2012)
reuters.com/article/2014/07/27/u...
https://web.archive.org/web/2013...
Propaganda 101: Operation Mockingbird Continues (2015)

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    mockingbird concept - documented US intel controlled media: newspapers, tv, radio - various press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", etc.
    msm concept - mainstream media - corporate, government controlled press: newspaper, tv, radio, websites; press associated with known intel ops such as, "Operation Mockingbird", "Mighty Wurlitzer", Tavistock Institute, etc.
    youth concept
    various_illegal_drugs concept - general terms for illegal drugs
    various_drugs concept - general terms for drugs
    poppy concept - Papaver somniferum is a annual that with brilliant white or red flowers growing on a central bulbous pod. When scratched, the pod produces a milkly latex called opium. This latex contains a variety of opiates including codeine and morphine. It has a long history of use in Asia and Europe. (Papaveraceae, Papaver, somniferum)
    opium concept - Opium is a naturally occurring analgesic harvested as a latex from ripe Papaver somniferum (opium poppy) pods. It has a long history of use by humans as an oral and smoked psychoactive. (Mixture)
    heroin concept - heroin, heroine, diamorphine
    crack concept - crack, or other cocaine freebase
    cocaine concept - cocaine; any form
    cocaine
    alcohol concept - ethyl alcohol for intoxication
    opiate concept - a substance derived from the opium poppy
    opiate
    narcotic concept - a drug that dulls senses, relieves pain, induces sleep
    stimulant concept - a substance that produces stimulation
    depressant_intoxicant concept
    euphoriant concept
    analgesic concept
    sedative concept
    euphoric_stimulant concept
    euphoric_depressant concept
    plants concept - Plants listed in this section are those which have been used by humans for their mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    chemicals concept - Psychoactive Chemicals are chemicals which have mind- or emotion-altering properties.
    drugs concept
    illegal_drugs concept - drugs of abuse, so-called
    propaganda_theme6 concept - drug war propaganda theme: demonize; use of drugs is epidemic; war
    propaganda_theme6
    propaganda_theme5 concept - drug war propaganda theme: children corrupted by drugs
    propaganda_theme5
    propaganda_theme4 concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse, gateway
    propaganda_theme4
    use_is_abuse concept - drug war propaganda theme: all use is abuse
    propaganda_theme2 concept - drug war propaganda theme: madness, violence, illness caused by drugs
    propaganda_theme2
    addiction concept - addition or drug dependency
    propaganda_theme1 concept - drug war propaganda theme: hated groups
    propaganda_theme1
    drugwar_propaganda concept - a drug war propaganda event, campaign release, slogan, or theme
    drugwar_propaganda
    drug_related concept - related to illegal drugs and prohibition