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The New York Times reports Vermont’s new combatant effort to resolve the long time heroin epidemic going on in rural cities like Rutland. Vermont’s Governor, Peter Shumlin, has launched a new initiative state wide to get communities on board with eradicating this “disease.” New England is reported to have record overdoses and deaths of this drug in recent years. Rutland is famous for being a blue-collar town that excavates marble from quarries and is a pioneer of the railroad. The heroin epidemic has overwhelmingly become a way of life in Rutland, and a hotspot for New York drug dealers to make a quick buck. The report also exclaims how Vermont is finally taking its first step toward recovery by first admitting drugs are a way of life in cities like Rutland.

By observation, when the access of drugs is high in cities like Rutland, it paints a picture of how much control the government has over drug enforcement. What is interesting is the few people of Rutland who are not swept away in the lifestyle of drugs that overwhelm the population. It starts to become dominantly clear that when people try to implement more rules and initiatives that try to change people, example after example has shown it will not work. The natural law of control is defined as: the desired outcome by use of control will always be the opposite of what was initially intended. People have to be willing to change them self, and only then will their environment start to reflect their new level of perception. Looking from the outside in, it is tempting to think knowledge could be transferred from one party with higher levels of perception, to people with lesser perception levels. The reality is, accepting who people are and what one sees reduces the efforts and attempts to change populations of people who are not capable of the level of change one may desire.

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  1. Tamir Shargal


    The War on Drugs is a prime example of how the hierarchy system of enforcing laws to deter negative, harmful behavior is a complete and utter fail, maybe even a waste of time. This perception of influence, which the high-ranking individuals who enforce laws perceive, assumes that change comes from the outside in, assumes that one is not accountable solely for what actions one commits, assumes that the only way that one will change is through the act of influence and of controlling. In order to truly see a change in this drug usage, education, not incarceration, of these folk should be utilized. Education merely implies providing the outside party with the information to come to their own conclusion, to rise them to their own actions, actions coming from within. This is the best possible way to try to inflict positive change in society; control and influence is not only not the answer, but it is the opposite of the answer, the most negative thing one could try to do to change one’s environment.

  2. Camille Armendariz


    These kinds of situations are very frustrating because the government is trying to help and protect the people from a very harmful and dangerous drug. However it is true that the more they try and control the people, the more the the people will not do what is asked of them. So what is the government supposed to do? Legalize a deadly drug? Or possibly provide more information about the drug?

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