WSJ: “Three New Yorkers Ordered Cocaine From the Same Delivery Service. All Died From Fentanyl.”

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      NEW YORK—Ross Mtangi, a trading executive at Credit Suisse Group AG, left his Manhattan penthouse in March 2021 with his laptop and told his pregnant partner he was going to work.

      He checked into a nearby hotel and tuned in to work calls. Later, he texted for cocaine from a drug delivery service. A man wearing a baseball cap, cross-body bag and face mask appeared on hotel surveillance.

      Mr. Mtangi, 40 years old, missed a follow up meeting. His sister and her partner found him dead at the hotel the next day. Police found on a table translucent black baggies that contained lethal fentanyl mixed in with the cocaine.

      https://www.wsj.com/articles/fentanyl-cocaine-new-yorkers-drug-delivery-service-all-died-11666526726

      Most of the comments express my thoughts well. These three were VERY smart individuals who knew full well, likely, that abuse of drugs is self-destructive, and that many street drugs are being cut with fentanyl. I’m sorry for their loved ones, but these deaths were partially self-inflicted, and no, WSJ, referring to it as a “delivery service” doesn’t make it okay.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #496146
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      will always make even their worst behaviors “bullet-proof”.  I am sure those people would have sneered at homeless drug addicts.  One law for them, another law for the rest of us.  I suppose now there will be a feigned crackdown on premium drug delivery services, or at least a hunt for their customer lists.

      America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

      "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

      VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

      • #496151
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        And again, the comments discuss this point well.

        The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

        • #496153
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          I am glad I have come to the same conclusions!

          America is not a country, it's just a business. (Brad Pitt, Killing Them Softly)

          "Sometimes when I try to understand a person's motives, I play a little game. I assume the worst. What's the worst reason they could possibly have for saying what they say and doing what they do? Then I ask myself, 'How well does that reason explain what they say and what they do?'" Baelish

          VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".

    • #496155
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      So many crimes should be reclassified as mental problems and treated a such. Our current ‘solutions’ are killing people, either on the streets, or in prisons.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If Row vs. Wade is overturned, women could lose the right to not get pregnant in 26 states.
      The Republicans are four year olds. The Democrats are six year olds. There are no grownups.
      Normalizing insanity has been the conservative's sweet spot at very least since the beginning..

      • #496162
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        By the way, in November, 2020, Oregon decriminalized possession of small amounts of all drugs. How’s that working out for Oregon, you may wonder.

        Disastrously:

        Voters approved the Oregon law, known as Measure 110, in 2020. The law decriminalized possession of drugs, including cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin, and other controlled substances. Instead of a misdemeanor offense, people caught in possession of these drugs would be issued the equivalent of a traffic ticket with a small fine; all penalties would be waived if the person simply called in for a “health assessment” at an addiction-recovery center.

        Criminal-justice reformers garnered support for the bill by claiming that it would reduce both addiction and alleged racial disparities in the criminal-justice system. A solitary dissenter, Paul Coelho, a physician with Salem Health Hospitals and Clinics, said, “The framers of ballot Measure 110 portray individuals with active addictions as rational actors who will naturally seek out and accept treatment for their condition. But I can assure you as a front-line provider this is simply not true. . . . Unfortunately, removing the threat of incarceration and abandoning the collaboration between law enforcement, the judiciary, probation, and the drug court system will result in a revolving door of drug abuse, treatment refusal, crime, homelessness, and ongoing costly health related expenditures for hospitalizations due to overdose, infections, and drug-induced psychosis.”

        Oregon should have listened. On the issue of reducing addiction and overdoses, Oregon’s decriminalization of drug use has been a tragic failure. Overdose deaths rose by over 33 percent in Oregon in 2021, the year after the law was passed, compared with a rise of 15 percent in the rest of the United States. As for the claim that the law would provide a pathway to treatment for addicts, less than 1 percent of the people eligible for treatment under Measure 110—a paltry 136 people—ended up getting help. In fact, out of the 2,576 tickets written by police for drug possession, only 116 people called the help hotline to get the ticket waived, with the vast majority of the others choosing to pay the minimal fine instead. As Coelho warned, without the threat of incarceration and the mandatory court programs that come with an arrest, addicts seldom have any interest in getting treatment.

        The impact of decriminalizing drugs did not stop with addiction and overdoses. Police in Portland report that all categories of crime jumped in reaction to Measure 110. Drug addicts need money; they got it by stealing items and reselling them, so property crimes rose. Once a drug market opens up, drug dealers move in to service it. As a result, the streets of Portland are awash in guns and drugs. With drug dealers battling for turf, gun violence increased. Portland recorded 90 homicides in 2021, shattering the old record for annual murders in the city. “We’ve seen more guns than we’ve ever seen in our investigations,” a Portland police supervisor bluntly stated. “Almost everybody is armed. . . . Criminal organizations are robbing other criminal organizations. That’s kind of our big push right now—trying to stop the gun violence and the drug violence that goes with it, because they’re hand in hand. It’s not one or the other. It’s not related to the pandemic, it’s not related to Covid, it’s because we have a criminal environment that’s tolerated and allowed to flourish here.”

        https://www.city-journal.org/oregons-disastrous-drug-experiment

        The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

        • #496173
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          There is always seems to be a poison pen loophole in what we try to do, to make sure it doesn’t work as advertised. Too many people inhale the propaganda whole, without any investigation, or critical thinking on their part.

          We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
          If Row vs. Wade is overturned, women could lose the right to not get pregnant in 26 states.
          The Republicans are four year olds. The Democrats are six year olds. There are no grownups.
          Normalizing insanity has been the conservative's sweet spot at very least since the beginning..

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