Saturday, December 15, 2007

II - Why No War on Methamphetamine?

Richard Dawkins studies an American infected by an extreme case of methamphetamine addiction and sundry related syndromes:

Dawkins "was almost reminded of the Neuremburg rally. Dr. Goebbels would have been proud"! Doubtless....,
One of the earliest uses of methamphetamine was during World War II when the German military dispensed it under the trade name Pervitin. It was widely distributed across rank and division, from elite forces to tank crews and aircraft personnel. Chocolates dosed with methamphetamine were known as Fliegerschokolade ("flyer's chocolate") when given to pilots, or Panzerschokolade ("tanker's chocolate") when given to tank crews. From 1942 until his death in 1945, Adolf Hitler was given daily intravenous injections of methamphetamine by his personal physician, Theodor Morell as a treatment for depression and fatigue. It is possible that it was used to treat Hitler's speculated Parkinson's disease, or that his Parkinson-like symptoms which developed from 1940 onwards were related to abuse of methamphetamine.
Epidemiology of methamphetamine abuse - In the US methamphetamine use is the highest in Native Hawaiians and Pasific islanders (2.2%) and Native Americans (1.7%), lower among whites (0.7%) and Hispanics (0.5%), and much lower in Asians (0.2%) and blacks (0.1%). According to one study in large cities, 13% of men having sex with men used methamphetamine in the previous 6 months.

The faces of meth:

Just nine factories worldwide manufacture ephedrine and pseudoephedrine in bulk: one each in Germany and the Czech Republic, two in China, and five in India. Because drug traffickers' super labs require large amounts of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine, cartels are reliant on these international sources for their supply. The spread of meth can only be halted if the chemicals ephedrine and psuedoephedrine can be regulated at their international sources and if countries are required to only import enough of the chemicals to satisfy legitimate national demand for pseudoephedrine-containing cold and cough remedies.

So why no successful interdiction of the wholesale supply and curtailment of this obviously very serious blight on American consensus reality?