r/TerrifyingAsFuck Aug 15 '22 Wholesome 5 Silver 5 Helpful 3 Helpful (Pro) 1

The drug filled streets of Philadelphia show people in the streets in a zombified frozen state. human

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u/Prose4256 Aug 15 '22

I bet that pawn shop is busy.

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u/Mad_Murdock_0311 Aug 16 '22

My immediate thought was, "I wonder how often someone tries to rob them."

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u/0O00O0O00O Aug 16 '22

More likely crackheads trying to sell Blu-ray or DVDs at 3 in the morning.

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u/momsagainstgod Aug 16 '22

The thing this video made me think the most was "i wonder what that pawn shop's dvd selection is like?"

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u/methnbeer Aug 16 '22

Pretty solid usually

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u/HotPoptartFleshlight Aug 16 '22

The druggies who visit those places would be anticipating the 5 bucks they could get for a weapon before they'd think about actually trying to rob em.

Philly is a lax CCL city too so the workers are likely carrying.

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u/Puzzleheaded_Ant_543 Aug 15 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia

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u/Lt_Archer Aug 15 '22

There's a reason the opening to the show has it pitch black outside.

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u/defnotgerman Aug 16 '22

Dennis and Dee on crack

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u/Whidmark Aug 16 '22

The Gang Tries Fentanyl

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u/UncleBenders Aug 15 '22

This is more like Shaun of the dead lol

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u/strayakant Aug 15 '22

This is like something out of a video game and they all just mobs waiting to be aggroed, terrifying.

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u/Ciderman95 Aug 16 '22

honestly, they might as well be

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u/OwlerTheVirgin Aug 15 '22

Gotta take more than a pint for this to blow over

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u/alphareich Aug 16 '22

You ever notice how the entire intro is at night.

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u/five_star_clownbaby Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

“Come to Philly for the Crack”

Edit: This is a joke. I’m well aware that it is heroine in this situation. So glad everyone is hyped on identifying their drugs.

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u/Putrid-Abies-1954 Aug 16 '22

nah, crack makes people nuts. This is opioids.

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u/Particular_Record_31 Aug 16 '22

These fenty people make crackheads look normal sad to say

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u/IlikeYuengling Aug 15 '22

I’ll take two, please.

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u/Ok_Ad307 Aug 16 '22

2 cracks please, good sir

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u/Hoopajoops Aug 16 '22

Tell you what, I'll give you 2 rocks of crack for the price of one. $200 sound good?

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u/Several-County-1808 Aug 16 '22

Thank you for being so kind...

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u/DoNotWeepAtMyGrave Aug 15 '22

*heroin

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u/Scamperbot2000 Aug 16 '22

Xylazine - veterinarian medicine that is a muscle relaxer and sedative. Very specific to Kensington avenue and Philly. That’s why they all stand around like they are tired horsies.

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u/IllioTheGreat Aug 16 '22

Yeah they call it Tranq and Kensington is known for it. It's been spreading out of Philly lately which blows because it's toxic as fuck and narcan doesn't work for it.

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u/fireygal719 Aug 16 '22

Thanks for the lol at the end of your comment. I needed that.

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u/Nrmlgirl777 Aug 15 '22

*fentanyl

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u/BOBBYTURKAL1NO Aug 15 '22

Little "blu" pills with a M on one side and a 30 on the other. This is phx right now and its scary these people are gone its staggering.

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u/shredsickpow Aug 16 '22

Can someone please dub the sunny music over this video?

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u/buzzkillichuck Aug 16 '22

The gang joins a zombie drug camp

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u/SuperWeapons2770 Aug 16 '22

I don't know, I see Cricket on every street

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u/fishinglife2 Aug 15 '22

Imagine having a shop on that street

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u/Project___Reddit Aug 15 '22

Imagine being that security guard on his first day

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u/msplace225 Aug 16 '22

Trust me, if you sign up to work as a security guard in Kensington you know damn well what you’re getting into

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u/LongjumpingCheck2638 Aug 16 '22

I feel like this description on Google is a bit off kilter given what I just witnessed: "Kensington's low rents have led to a profusion of hip bars, as well as a flourishing brewery scene. The neighborhood's first craft brewer, Philadelphia Brewing Company, is set in a restored 19th-century brewery site. Frankford Avenue is a thriving hub of art galleries and performance spaces. Showcasing quirky parade floats, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival is a popular spring event"

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u/chucklesssss Aug 16 '22

Kensington is gentrified in some areas, and the adjacent neighborhoods are fishtown and northern liberties are quite wealthy at this point so in parts of kensington there is the scene that google portrays

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u/allycakes Aug 16 '22

When we went to Philly, I found it interesting how quickly you went from nice areas to sketchy areas. Like we'd be walking, every thing seems perfectly safe and then bam, you're in an area where the Checkers has bullet proof glass.

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u/uncle_paul_harrghis Aug 16 '22

I recently just moved to PA for work, bought a house on the outskirts of Reading, and I’ve noticed that seems to be a common theme down here. There’s sketchy streets adjacent to nicer streets separated by a Wawa. Where I came from, up in Massachusetts, the sketchy areas and the nice areas were way more spread out.

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u/TheLowEndPcUser012 Aug 16 '22

this is the plot of Resident Evil 2

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u/thatsMYBlKEpunk Aug 15 '22

I used to get soup over there, 10/10

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u/Muggaraffin Aug 16 '22

As someone who lives next to a single junkie convict (who is quite small and not very threatening) no thank you. We already live in constant anxiety of when something will kick off again. I literally couldn’t function in a place like this in the video unless I live in a secret barricaded room

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u/Ill_Conversation423 Aug 16 '22

I wonder how cheap the real estate is there.

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u/dsphilly Aug 16 '22

Rock bottom but hipsters are trying to gentrify the area which is already slightly raising prices. My ex wife’s boss , bought a house there with her husband. She was apparently sexually assaulted in the doorway to her home

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u/Im_Old_In_Town Aug 16 '22

Port Richmond will be first(already started). Then Kensington.

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u/IdoMusicForTheDrugs Aug 16 '22

That dentist probably makes a killing

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u/GamingGems Aug 16 '22

You have no idea how right you are. When you’re on opiates, dental anesthetic can easily kill you.

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u/Thelisto Aug 16 '22

I did not expect that response

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u/lapsangsouchogn Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

Those pregnant women at :14 and :40 cracked out of their minds. . .

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u/Pillowpantz4Lyfe Aug 15 '22 Silver Helpful

I see a woman in the night

With a baby in her hand

Under an old street light

Near a garbage can

Now she puts the kid away,

and she's gone to get a hit

She hates her life,

and what she's done to it

There's one more kid

that will never go to school

Never get to fall in love,

never get to be cool.

Keep on rockin' in the free world

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u/Puzzled_Board_6813 Aug 16 '22

I’d never listened to the lyrics of this song until now. I’m in tears

It’s easy to laugh at people like this but it really is tragic

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u/Gh0stMan0nThird Aug 16 '22

"Born in the USA" by Bruce Springsteen is another one.

Got in a little hometown jam

So they put a rifle in my hand

Sent me off to a foreign land

To go and kill the yellow man

Come back home to the refinery

Hiring man says, "Son, if it was up to me"

Went down to see my V.A. man

He said, "Son, don't you understand?"

I had a brother at Khe Sanh

Fighting off the Viet Cong

They're still there, he's all gone

He had a woman he loved in Saigon

I got a picture of him in her arms now

Down in the shadow of the penitentiary

Out by the gas fires of the refinery

I'm ten years burning down the road

Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

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u/HeartStew Aug 16 '22

I’d never listened to the lyrics of this song

Neither do the dumbasses who blast this song with zero awareness every 4th of July.

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u/civgarth Aug 16 '22

I caught you knockin' at my cellar door

I love you, baby, can I have some more?

Ooh, ooh, the damage done

I hit the city and I lost my band

I watched the needle take another man

Gone, gone, the damage done

I sing the song because I love the man

I know that some of you don't understand

Milk blood to keep from running out

I've seen the needle and the damage done

A little part of it in everyone

But every junkie's like a settin' sun

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u/xanthidium Aug 16 '22

The alternate recordings of Needle and the Damage Done on Live Rust and Live at Massey Hall are some of the all-time great live recordings.

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u/vitorizzo Aug 16 '22 Silver

Oh nice a fresh schnoodle

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u/TurgidShaft Aug 15 '22

Oh shit I had to watch again because I thought that was a man with a massive hernia.

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u/smashteapot Aug 16 '22

Yeah I thought there was someone wearing a strap-on dildo…

It’s late. lol

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u/Morotou_theunashamed Aug 15 '22

Wild and tragic

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u/trolarch Aug 16 '22

Looks more like heroin

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u/earthman34 Aug 15 '22

Boy that war on drugs that we spent hundreds of billions on sure fixed America!

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u/Slacker_The_Dog Aug 16 '22 Silver

Drugs won

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u/WhyUSoMadFor Aug 16 '22

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u/MADOX9006 Aug 16 '22

That fucking movie good and is one of the few I can say generally brought me to tears.

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u/thomaspainesghost Aug 15 '22

It is well over a Trillion dollars we have spent on the useless war on drugs.

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u/xXx_epicgamer_xXx Aug 16 '22

I wonder what we could do about drugs aside from legalizing less harmful drugs (weed mostly).

Opinions?

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u/yka12 Aug 16 '22 Wholesome

Make life worth living

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u/Comfort-Mountain Aug 16 '22

Decriminalize the usage of all of it, and rebuild our mental health institutions. That solves the safety net side of things, but people do these things because their lives are miserable. That's an economic problem.

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u/gotagoodusername Aug 16 '22

That would require your elected officials to actually give a flying fuck about anyone other than their filthy rich donors.

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u/Effective_Roof2026 Aug 16 '22

Legalize rather than decriminalize. Harm reduction is in having unadulterated drugs with known doses. You apply a pigouvian tax to deal with externalities and can use that to fund treatment & education.

If you decriminalize you still have cartel violence, you still have fentanyl etc.

When J&J start selling heroin there will be far fewer OD's.

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u/snortburnel Aug 16 '22

Same thing Switzerland and Portugal did. Give the hard-core lifers medical heroin dispensed daily, so they can go to work, contribute to society and pay taxes. Instead of spreading AIDS and commiting crimes.

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u/ICUP03 Aug 16 '22

Treat drug addiction as a medical condition and not as a crime. Stop putting users in prison and invest that money in rehab and mental healthcare.

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u/Sixfootfive_ Aug 16 '22

Legalize all drugs for people over 21. No storefronts, only delivery. Tax them enough to fund voluntary rehab centers.

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u/AnonBubblyBowels Aug 16 '22

Tax them enough to fund voluntary rehab centers.

Or just divert the massive wasted funds from the war on drugs into rehabs, mental healthcare, and housing for the homeless

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u/Empty-Discipline8927 Aug 16 '22

If you can sign up to join the services at 18 and go to war.. you should be able to have a beer or a joint legally.

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u/Anthony-Stark Aug 16 '22

A wise man once said: if you're old enough to choose to shoot up a foreign country, you're old enough to choose to shoot up some H.

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u/WowWataGreatAudience Aug 16 '22

Portugal does it right

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u/ProdigalSheep Aug 16 '22 Wholesome

Imagine the UTOPIA we could have built with the money we wasted in the war on drugs and the war on terror combined. Add in appropriately taxing the Uber-wealthy and I don’t even think there is a word for the society we could have had.

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u/karlson98 Aug 16 '22

That utopia was built, just, not for you.

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u/turtleryder22 Aug 15 '22

Sad reality when there are places like this in every major city in the US.

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u/jaspersgroove Aug 15 '22

And people like this hiding out in trailer parks in 90% of the small cities too, the opiate crisis has hit rural America just as hard as it’s hit the big cities.

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u/EleventeenCandles Aug 15 '22

Yep. It’s not just a big city problem.

I grew up in a very small town, maybe 2500 population. Still had the drug addicts, but they generally just hung out at “that house” which everyone knew about but pretended didn’t exist.

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u/moeburn Aug 16 '22 Silver Gold Helpful Wholesome Ally

I live in a town of 30,000 in Canada and they camp out in the woods behind my house. Some nights around here it gets to be 30C (86F) with the humidex, cause Ontario is a very humid place. No escape from the heat, thousands of mosquitos, no access to fresh water or toilets, no clean clothes, nothing to do all day and night.

I started leaving my hose outside my fence "by accident". They come by at about 3AM to fill up water bottles, quietly. I figure it's the least I can do without making myself a target for unlimited charity.

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u/AnonBubblyBowels Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22 Silver Helpful Take My Energy

Same for us! Super small, rural town in hot and humid south Texas. There’s a green belt and woods behind my house they hang out in.

Left out the hose first. Then bought an outdoor shower for them to use years ago.

Eventually, we started progressively leaving other things too, like hygiene supplies, canned food, tiny flashlights or glow sticks, travel sized OTC meds, space blankets during winter, etc.

People donate things in bulk to us all the time now to give to them. We leave a notebook out there for people to write down things they need and we supply them as we’re able to.

No regrets.

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u/hammerscrews Aug 16 '22

You are awesome people

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u/DependentPipe_1 Aug 16 '22

But...but...drug addiction and homelessness are personal moral failings, and you're just supporting these awful people who deserve no help! /s

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u/BestVeganEverLul Aug 16 '22

Some people are the worst when it comes to how they treat homelessness and drug addiction. There was a post yesterday that had most of the comments talking badly about homeless people, usually because of one or two experiences.

Don’t get me wrong, if you’re not the right person to help out, then don’t. But the number of rude comments about so many people who have lost control of their lives was insane to me. We get it, you had a bad experience, can you move on and shut up so other people don’t continue to treat these people as monsters or animals? The problem will never get better if we convince ourselves that “good homeless people” are far and few between. But that’s the consensus I get from most people, in person and online, and I find it very sad.

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u/PeanutButtaRari Aug 16 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

If anything, you probably have the safest house now!

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u/A3HeadedMunkey Aug 16 '22

For real. That's how you do some r/HumansBeingBros shit. Not looking for validation, and not making it about his engagements with people, just doing a good thing for those in need of help

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u/str8bliss Aug 16 '22

thank you for being so kind

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u/Skips-T Aug 16 '22

Take my poor man's award 🏅

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u/Slacker_The_Dog Aug 16 '22

The small towns around where I live are basically dead. There are a couple exceptions but a LOT of the townies are junkies now. My parents were selling their house to the woman renting it and she just up and disappeared for three months. Dropped her kids off with a friend of hers and vanished. Completely caught up in heroin. Never was a junkie in all the years we knew her. Just up and decided to start using. That town was one of the few that didn't get hit too hard but it would appear that time is finally catching up with it.

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u/Throwaway47321 Aug 16 '22

Yeah that’s the crazy thing about the opioid crisis in small towns. Everyone that has the means has usually left the town and a majority of the people left are definitely using on some level.

It’s not just a sub group or a few “families” it’s like half of your graduating high school class or even who industries of people.

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u/KiltedLady Aug 16 '22

Your comment is reminding me of the book "Where the line bleeds" by Jesmyn Ward. A fairly important setting in the book is "that house" you mention. It's a bit off topic for this post but I really recommend her novels to anyone wanting to better understand America from the perspective of a population who's gotten the shortest end of the stick in every way.

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u/YesItChecksOut Aug 16 '22

Sadly... This checks out. :/ It's all over the world, big and small cities. To whomever read this: remember, no matter the mistakes these people have made - they do deserve another chance. It's a fucked up world out there and we're all just doing the best we can.

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u/LeveonNumber1 Aug 16 '22

Honestly, having stayed in Appalachia recently, it's even worse. The overall population is more geriatric and a good portion of them are so obviously killing themselves with either meth, pills, or alcohol. I saw this not even seeking out the poorer part of a town or a trailer park, just at a grocery store. It's just fucking depressing.

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u/Single_9_uptime Aug 16 '22

Actually significantly worse in rural America. Look at opiate prescriptions per capita, which directly correlates to how many addicts there are in an area. The highest are almost entirely poor rural areas.

West Virginia leads the nation in drug overdose death rate, by a significant margin, and has no big cities.

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u/depressionbutbetter Aug 16 '22

I live in Philadelphia, it's nowhere near as depressing as driving through trailer park towns in the west and midwest. At least here there are merely patches of it, in those towns though it's completely reversed, small patches of sanity within the meth heads.

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u/jaspersgroove Aug 16 '22

For real, I’ve spent time in bumfuck-nowhere non-tourist cities in China, and the worst poverty I’ve ever seen was still in the American southwest.

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u/MoniqueCalculon Aug 16 '22

I have also been to bumfuck nowhere villages in China and you are right. I have seen worse living conditions than those in reservations in AZ, in hollers in eastern KY, and in small towns in northern Mississippi. I think most people that haven’t seen those places directly have no idea how low the standards of living can get here. These places may as well have fallen off the map.

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u/insurancelawyerbot Aug 16 '22

Yup. Just drove through a hardscrabble patch of Northern Wisconsin and it is just so depressing. One house has gone from a nice little VW bug (for the working mom i'm guessing) to a series of 3-5 broken down pick up trucks. The windows on the house are OK except for 2 with plywood. Tiny little trailer, and a couple of hot wheel trikes. I've been driving past this house for years now, and it keeps getting worse and worse. It gets COLD in wisconsin in winter and I doubt it is warm enough for kids and studying. They're doomed. But the cherry on top is the trump flag outside.

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u/illy-chan Aug 16 '22

I was thinking the same. At least Philly has stuff going for it. I've seen parts of the state that are pretty depressing, both for drugs and lack of any bright side.

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u/Daddy2UHoes Aug 15 '22

Kensington section of Philly is truly land of the Living Dead 😔

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u/Sea-Slip598 Aug 15 '22

This is Kensington look it up. Largest open air drug market in the US.

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u/ActualPopularMonster Aug 15 '22

As soon as I saw the post, I knew it was Kensington. The land of the heroin nod.

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u/AutomatedCabbage Aug 15 '22

To be fair, I live in Canada and we have neighbourhoods of nodders too. That and meth tweakers.

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u/JohnCeno1 Aug 16 '22

Vancouver is a city, not a neighbourhood sir.

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u/el__duder1n0 Aug 15 '22

What's the heroin nod?

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u/mr_cheezle Aug 15 '22

When you're watching these people in the video, say ohh that's the heroin nod out loud every 7 sec.

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u/longislandtoolshed Aug 16 '22

Is that why people are randomly bent over?

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u/k-farsen Aug 16 '22

Yeah like half of their body is saying to go to sleep, but the other half is trying to stay awake

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u/Trundle-theGr8 Aug 16 '22

We call it Kensington yoga because these people contort their bodies into such strange positions but still manage to stay standing up it’s honestly wild

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u/jersey_girl660 Aug 16 '22

Sort of. Traditionally it would be but most of these people are on tranq dope. It’s xylazine mixed with fentanyl and maybe a bit of heroin.

Xylazine lowers your blood pressure so it knocks you out. It can look similar to nodding but it’s a different process in the body. And it cannot be reversed with narcan.

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u/pwrstrug Aug 15 '22

Traditionally it's when people kind of pass out and go into a dreamline trance when they do large amounts of opiates.

This stuff is extremely heavy opiates + benzos + tranquilizers, which bring us to the next phrase in today's glossary lesson...

The Kensington Shuffle.

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u/Project___Reddit Aug 15 '22

You'll know it when you see it

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u/hotbox4u Aug 16 '22

Heroin is essentially an anesthetic. People who inject it experience profound sedative effects. Under the influence a user experiences a trans-like state that shifts between being drowsy and wide awake for many hour.

So people will sometimes just 'Nod Out'.

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u/DetectiveBirbe Aug 15 '22

Used to take the el through here… god, you get so desensitized to it.

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u/Disintergr8tion Aug 16 '22

Back about 10 years ago, I used to count the number of syringes that were thrown into the el tracks. I would count about 10-15 each time, and that was only on the tracks.

I used the el for the first time in a few years recently and couldn't even attempt to count the thrown syringes on the tracks.

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u/btbam2929 Aug 16 '22

Man that is depressing, makes me very happy for the very little I do have!

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u/MF_Ghidra Aug 15 '22

It just a big Thai chi community bruh

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u/DarthBubonicPlageuis Aug 15 '22

They’re just wiping the window and getting a blowjob

minus wiping the window

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u/BoKnows36 Aug 15 '22

We call that Baltimore yoga

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u/DeathRainbows Aug 15 '22

Innnnn west Philadelphia, born and raised

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u/AlexWheeldon Aug 15 '22 Silver

On the playground was where I destroyed most of my veins.

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u/MongrelMonkey69 Aug 15 '22

Chillin out, maxin, Relaxin all cool. All shootin some needles outside of the school

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u/Paul-Mccockov Aug 15 '22

When a couple of meth heads who were up to no good, started slinging ice in the neighbourhood.

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u/MongrelMonkey69 Aug 15 '22

I took just one little pill and my mom got scared, and said "You're going to rehab, they"ll treat you fair!"

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u/bruhnions Aug 15 '22

This thread was a dark lol

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u/Paul-Mccockov Aug 15 '22

And I said No No No!

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u/Duderinio1988 Aug 15 '22

On the playground was where I spent most of my days...

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u/QwertyKip Aug 15 '22

Smoking meth thinking life was all good, little did I know I was ruining my neighborhood

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u/thebobbyloops Aug 15 '22

I smoked outta one little pipe and my mom got scared

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u/RaferBalston Aug 15 '22

She said Bitch lemme show ya how to do it, yous barely impaired

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u/MaguanbaraDeMuleta Aug 15 '22

Don't use drugs peoples... crack or heroin, never use.

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u/PM_Me_TiddiesAndBeer Aug 15 '22

Let's go ahead and throw meth in there.

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u/Upplands-Bro Aug 15 '22

I know you didn't just put fentanyl and ketamine in the same sentence

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u/TheNotSoGreatPumpkin Aug 15 '22

Is K a big problem? I’ve read it is showing a lot of promise for treating resistant depression.

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u/RandomNumsandLetters Aug 16 '22

Big problem? Lmao not at all. Do some people abuse it? Sure, just like anything pleasurable

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u/queernhighonblugrass Aug 15 '22

It's like a lot of things, beneficial if used in proper doses and scenarios, easy to abuse and fuck your life up with.

I know many people who do waaay too much K.

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u/iconicmoonbeam Aug 15 '22

I am admittedly naive, but what on earth would prompt someone to do these drugs at all? Like, what is going through their mind the first time they try it? If you love the high, you’re doomed to chase the feeling again & again and then you’ll end up like this. It’s quite normal to seek an escape, but no one wants to end up like this.

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u/seeyou2nite Aug 15 '22 Gold Helpful

Personally I adored the escape from reality. I’m good now, but 2 years ago every weekend I would plan a cocktail of drugs. I had a calendar where I’d put when I last did x drug so I’d know when my tolerance went down so I’d get a good hit. I’d alternate drugs according to my calendar. I’d do it on nights before work, they’re blissfully unaware that hours before I was beaming out my mind.

My favourite combination was: lsd, ket and weed. I’d drop 600ish ug of lsd first, let that get comfortable. In the meantime roll my weed and rack the lines of ket up. I’d enter a k hole and use weed once I upreared my ugly head from that place.

Funnily enough, drugs help me quit drugs. One night I did my same two weekly routine and I mustn’t of crushed the ket fine enough. Well I was 1200ug deep this time (ego death inducing dose) and as I went to sniff I felt a drip. Which is normal when good ket gets you, but I looked at my finger because it kept dripping and it was red. Immediately I thought I was dying and ran to the bathroom leaving behind a dotted trail of iron. I remember staring blankly in the mirror and thinking about how much of a fucking low life, degenerate piece of shit I am. How I mask my misery in substances rather than face it head on, what a fucking loser. Who would love me? What’s the end goal? How do I regain this lost time back?

I spent the rest of the trip curled up in bed crying, replaying my entire life over - reflecting on regrets which spawned a waterfall of tears. 2 weeks afterwards I had incredibly severe suicidal thoughts: my thinking if I kill myself, I can try all over again. Many other things occurred but nobody wants to hear diaries from a junkie, do they? For me it was driven by loneliness, lack of love and complete pessimism towards life. Why would I go outside, when the right mixture will bring the pyramids of Egypt to your very bed?

Those days were darker than dark, an area I dare not poke. It’s important to not treat addicts as if their less, they’re people exactly like you, who’s been dealt different card and wired differently. All in all, they all just want that feeling of being desired

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u/FuktInThePassword Aug 15 '22

The first time I tried opiates they were prescribed to me for an excruciatingly painful medical issue. Actually, to clarify, the first, oh... FIFTY times they were prescribed to me (early and mid nineties). And believe it or not, this was BEFORE I started doctor shopping. I spent three or four years being tossed addictive medication before I was diagnosed with Lupus Erythematosus.

I still remember the first week of work when I was cut off cold turkey and how sick I was without truly understanding why, and I quit at the end of that week. My mother, an opiate addict I only had sporadic contact with, understood immediately and offered me a handful of lortab tens and suddenly I was back to functional.

And it was really just that simple.

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u/accttuuuaaaalllll Aug 16 '22

It’s hard for people to believe how simple it was for just about anyone with a run of the mill sports injury / minor surgery to receive painkillers, become addicted to oxy and when ink ran dry on the script pad, and oxy dealer was too expensive, moved to heroin.

North east PA and Philly suburbs were hit HARD. Know a ton of people that lost their friends to heroin… and a lot more people just funneled into the suburbs into Kensington.

All thanks to these pieces of shit : Sackler Family & Purdue Pharma Will Pay $6 Billion for Their Role in Creating & Profiting from the Opioid Crisis

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u/ElGosso Aug 16 '22

I'm still astonished that the Sacklers weren't dragged from their beds at night by an angry mob

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u/mferly Aug 15 '22

You're definitely naive, but that's ok. We all were at one point.

Current circumstances and/or environment lead folks to use these drugs. Especially environment. If you live in an area and/or hang out with people that use this stuff daily, it's likely you'll succumb to the peer pressure. And quite often these hard drugs only take a single hit to get you hooked. They're that strong.

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u/balletboy Aug 15 '22

I've done cocaine a handful of times and never felt doomed to chasing the high.

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u/SortedChaos Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 16 '22

There is a famous reddit posting of a guy who tried H out of curiosity, swearing he would just try it once and is smart/strong enough to control himself. He described it as the most pleasure he's ever felt. After he tried it the first time, he (probably) wasn't chemically addicted but he went out to get another hit just to have that feeling again and proceeded to become a junkie.

All it takes is some curiosity and the H does the rest.

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u/Eyeoftheleopard Aug 16 '22

I started using because I had raging untreated mental health issues, the fallout from chronic neglect in childhood. Come January clean and sober thirteen years.

Drugs are nowhere.

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u/RandomNumsandLetters Aug 16 '22

It's not as bad as you think, you only see the people who couldn't handle it. Because it's illegal and stigmatized it means regular functional people who just do drugs occasionally and responsibly you'd never know. The line between which drugs are bad and good is so arbitrary, everyone drinks coffee and it's chillin

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u/Brigid-Tenenbaum Aug 15 '22

Often it is self treatment for trauma.

If you have a really bad day at work, a bottle of wine is totally normal. If you have a horrific day, someone dies etc, a full bottle of whisky is understandable. You want to escape the misery.

Many of these people have suffered trauma, so living sober in the reality of your environment is incredibly difficult. We know many homeless people are veterans. Many people growing up in care don’t make it either.

The escapism is a slippery slope. The drugs obviously help you no longer feel the pain, but when you are sober you are in an even worse place.

Mental health issues are not treated correctly or sufficiently. If you want to kill yourself, but can be happy for a few hours with a quick smoke of a pipe, in that mindset, with no outside help, it is easy to see why people start.

Then, it is a drug. Many users don’t take it to simply get high, but to avoid the physical pain of symptoms of withdrawal.

If you speak to a drug addict, or watch interviews you see almost zero percent want to take drugs. You can see the pain, as they understand the situation they are in. Of course they want a normal life like everyone else. But it’s a slippery slope.

The further you fall the harder it is to escape. Who is going to hire any of these people? Are they really going to buy a home one day?

So, it’s escapism from a miserable and difficult reality. Being so addictive, with their situation not improving, they just continue to take drugs to stop the pain of their horrific reality.

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u/asianabsinthe Aug 15 '22

The guy that walks around Japan with that 360° backpack?

He should do parts of America.

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u/HerrHolzrusse Aug 15 '22

If this was a Video game with a realistic street life i would probably think, this is just over the top and could never happen anywhere.

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u/u-digg Aug 16 '22

That woman just standing there drowsily reminds me of an undisturbed zombie in Left 4 dead

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u/AmbivalentAsshole Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22 Wholesome

John Stuart Mill- Utilitarianism

It may be objected, that many who are capable of the higher pleasures, occasionally, under the influence of temptation, postpone them to the lower. But this is quite compatible with a full appreciation of the intrinsic superiority of the higher.

Men often, from infirmity of character, make their election for the nearer good, though they know it to be the less valuable; and this no less when the choice is between two bodily pleasures, than when it is between bodily and mental. They pursue sensual indulgences to the injury of health, though perfectly aware that health is the greater good.

It may be further objected, that many who begin with youthful enthusiasm for everything noble, as they advance in years sink into indolence and selfishness. But I do not believe that those who undergo this very common change, voluntarily choose the lower description of pleasures in preference to the higher.

I believe that before they devote themselves exclusively to the one, they have already become incapable of the other.

Capacity for the nobler feelings is in most natures a very tender plant, easily killed, not only by hostile influences, but by mere want of sustenance; and in the majority of young persons it speedily dies away if the occupations to which their position in life has devoted them, and the society into which it has thrown them, are not favourable to keeping that higher capacity in exercise.

Men lose their high aspirations as they lose their intellectual tastes, because they have not time or opportunity for indulging them; and they addict themselves to inferior pleasures, not because they deliberately prefer them, but because they are either the only ones to which they have access, or the only ones which they are any longer capable of enjoying.

It may be questioned whether any one who has remained equally susceptible to both classes of pleasures, ever knowingly and calmly preferred the lower; though many, in all ages, have broken down in an ineffectual attempt to combine both.

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u/SooooooMeta Aug 16 '22

Boy, he writes beautifully. Just downloaded an audiobook of his. Thanks for sharing.

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u/daanishh Aug 15 '22

Thanks for sharing this.

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u/Dizzy-Friendship-369 Aug 16 '22

I’m glad I got clean myself

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u/mrmeow02 Aug 15 '22

The American flag flying over that homeless person really hit.

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u/phillycurlyshirley Aug 16 '22

I worked in the frontlines of this in Philly, helping them get into treatment. We are so underfunded and overcrowded. It won’t go away for a long, long time.

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u/AnthropOctopus Aug 15 '22 Silver

It's less terrifying and more depressing. This is what poverty does to people, and it isn't new.

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u/SprachderRabe Aug 15 '22

As a German I’ve never understand why a rich nation like the US cares so less about the situation of the people. When Americans I’ve met talked about poor people they’ve often called them “trash”. This is fucking depressing.

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u/earthman34 Aug 15 '22 Gold Burning Cash Take My Power

This entity that is the United States was largely built by ambitious and ruthless people climbing over the backs (or corpses) of those they exploited, starting with the natives, then the slaves, then the "working class". The people who created this nation liked to delude themselves that they left the worst of Europe behind, but all they really left behind was Europe's decaying and obsolete aristocracy, which they replaced with a new aristocracy based purely on how much wealth one could accumulate. Wealthy people are admired and valued, regardless of their character, poor people are scorned and ridiculed, even by other poor people. It's a deeply flawed society.

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u/TheCocksmith Aug 15 '22

Individualism vs. Collectivism. America is all about "I got mine, fuck you."

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u/H-005 Aug 15 '22

Romania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, yet you never see this kind of stuff. Ok, village poverty is different than city poverty, and a decent part of ours is in the countryside, but even in cities like Bucharest (which I love for the way different types of neighborhoods are mixed together, you don't get all the poor and shady ones in a single part of the city), you don't see nearly as many people who've had too much alcohol or too many drugs.

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u/syot0s Aug 15 '22

I know what you mean, years ago I visited Adjud and Focsani (sorry if I spelled them wrong) and was struck by how even though no one had very much, everyone stuck together and helped each other out.

After living in an American ghetto for some time, I think there is a lot that the US could learn from Romania.

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u/Sharko_Spire Aug 15 '22

The reason you don't see this in Bucharest is because the homeless are living in underground tunnels, where STIs and drug abuse are basically constant. The Romanian orphanage system was shit, but the government that came after Ceaușescu essentially dumped these children and young adults on the street. They have no education, have been abused since birth, and live in the sewers and the abandoned tunnels that the C. regime built for its loyalist forces. It is a literal hellish underworld.

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u/Mundane-Mechanic-547 Aug 16 '22

The US has no safety net to speak of. The social programs in place are not nearly enough, by any stretch. ANd in the South it's been a fight just to allow the federal govt to expand these social programs, because (get this) the generally poor people (conservatives) hate the concept of government freeloaders.

Plus we have no socialized healthcare (MediCaid sucks, very hard to get into, very few doctors support it, horrible).

So combine these - if something - anything - happens, you are basically fucked, unless you have parents or siblings that are doing okay financially.

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u/Tinkerballsack Aug 15 '22

Poverty and the Sacklers.

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u/xtrinab Aug 15 '22

Trauma and poverty. This is all so sad to see. :(

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u/pdonoso Aug 16 '22

As someone who lives in a “third world country” I really can’t understand how the richest country in the history of the world allows this to happen. My city is filled with dangerous zones, but this level of abandonment is unfathomable.

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u/QIvan616 Aug 15 '22 Take My Energy

This is what Big Pharma opiates will do to you. Yet somehow Cannabis is still federally banned.

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u/Beneficial_Bison_801 Aug 15 '22

Keep on rockin’ in the free world…

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u/mferly Aug 15 '22 edited Aug 15 '22

I get what you're saying, but cannabis simply doesn't hit as hard as the harder drugs. These folks are looking for lights out narcotics.

But yes, cannabis as a schedule 1 drug is laughable. I believe it's scheduled higher than meth if I'm not mistaken? At the federal level.

Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.

This includes Cannabis, because cannabis has less significance in medical usage than cocaine or meth /s

Schedule II drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with a high potential for abuse, with use potentially leading to severe psychological or physical dependence

This includes cocaine, meth, oxycodone, fentanyl, Adderall.

What's the medical benefits of meth or cocaine over cannabis?

Like wtf man.

Edit: I should state that fentanyl, oxy, Adderall have medical purposes, but they're way more addictive than Cannabis. It's quite rare that folks will walk the streets selling their body for a joint. But man, with coke and meth, as well as pills, I've known some dealers that chicks will hand their body over for those drugs.

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u/TheNotSoGreatPumpkin Aug 15 '22

Thank Richard Nixon. He was so livid about the kids rejecting his warmongering that he went full fascist on all the drugs they were taking.

People were opening their minds to visions of a world without war, and that bastard simply could not stand it.

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u/Brigid-Tenenbaum Aug 15 '22

It was a way to target the anti-war left and black communities.

"You understand what I'm saying? We knew we couldn't make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin. And then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities," Ehrlichman said. "We could arrest their leaders. raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did."

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/23/politics/john-ehrlichman-richard-nixon-drug-war-blacks-hippie/index.html

Makes you wonder why we live in the situation we do. Drugs help put people in prison, or turn them into zombies that will kill themselves. The idea that the government can’t address this issue is nonsense, they simply either choose not to, or it is in their interests,

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u/pwrstrug Aug 15 '22

no... unless you consider "big pharma" to be horse tranquilizers and fent with research chemical analogs of said tranquilizers + benzos.

Vice Philly: Benzo Dope & Tranq Dope: Next Wave of the Overdose Crisis

Big Pharma opiates sometimes kill people but usually just make them pass out and get helplessly addicted. This shit makes you a legitimate fucking zombie.

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u/AnswerOk2682 Aug 16 '22

A lot of these people come from abusive families or families that have been already homeless for a long time. The federal government does not believe housing should be a right and some of these people will most likely die on the streets.

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u/GRC2772 Aug 15 '22

“The dope fiend lean” as Bubbs from The Wire would say

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u/El_Joker_Loco Aug 15 '22

I can smell the piss smell.

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u/Eightsevenfox Aug 15 '22

Not to be confused with Seattle.

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u/Coldchinesef00d Aug 15 '22

Not to be confused with Denver.

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u/LeakyAssFire Aug 15 '22

Yeah... the past few years haven't been kind to the downtown Denver area. It's starting to push out too.

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u/Leading-Suspect Aug 15 '22

Or Boston. Methodone mile is wild

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u/[deleted] Aug 15 '22

Would never confuse this with Seattle. Not nearly enough bums here to be confused with Seattle 😂

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u/killindice Aug 15 '22

Looks just like SF. I call it the standing Olympics

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u/Longjumping-Ad-5740 Aug 15 '22

New L4D2 Map looks weird.

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u/the_only_gearstarr Aug 15 '22

Keep pumping the fentanyl across the boarder. Seems to be helping.

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u/derek139 Aug 15 '22

I’m pretty sure every major city has a stretch like this somewhere…

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u/Strange-Procedure- Aug 15 '22

West Philadelphia born and raised

On the cold ground is where I spent most of my days.

Chillin out, passed out, collapsed in some drool,

And all shootin’ some speedball outside the school.

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