Thursday, September 29, 2016
The illicit lure of heroin
I have been listening to the Robert Anton Wilson Meets Steve Fly Agaric Pratt album (review/article coming soon), and there's a bit that made me sit up.
There's a section where Steve and RAW talk about how drug use has gone up since drugs such as marijuana and heroin were made illegal, and Wilson remarks, "It doesn't matter if it's a good drug or a bad drug. Make it illegal and people get attracted to it."
Isn't that perhaps part of the reason why heroin use is going up? Marijuana is completely legal in some states and semi-legal in others. But heroin is totally illegal everywhere. Tell people they can't have something and it's human nature to think that if the government doesn't want you to have it, it must be great.
With the heroin/fentanyl/opioid epidemic raging across the U.S. (it's certainly big in Ohio, where I live), anti-heroin songs seem topical again. I've posted one of my favorites here, "Not If You Were the Last Junkie On Earth," by the Dandy Warhols.