Andrew Hastie is the new Liberal for the seat of Canning in WA. He has pledged to tackle ice head on and this is my letter to him;
See his action plan: http://andrewhastie.com.au/ice-action-plan/
LETTER FROM RAY TO MR HASTIE:
Dear Mr Hastie,
Congratulations on winning the seat of Canning for the Liberal Party.
I so admire and am so impressed by your pragmatism, in that your first task is to tackle one of the biggest problems in our Australian society, that is, the scourge of ice.
I find it frustrating when I read that there is no antidote or solution to ice addiction, as there are at least two proven solutions that have been demonstrated to assist people to get off their addiction. One is the herb Kratom (Mitragyna speciosa) and the other is a restricted substance called BZP (benzylpiperazine).
I therefore have copied a page out of my book Happy High Herbs on the herb commonly called Kratom for your perusal (if you are interested in reading more of my book first published in 2001,with over 40,000 copies sold, I am more than happy to send it to you).
This good, natural herb I write of is banned in Australia, but not in America, which begs the question, why is the scourge of ice so much bigger, per head of population here in Australia than in America?
The proportion of Americans who use methamphetamine on a monthly basis has hovered in the range of 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent since 1999.
7.0% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used meth/amphetamines one or more times in their life.
2.1% of Australians aged 14 years and over have used meth/amphetamines in the previous 12 months. Of these people, 50.4% report crystal or ice as main form of the drug used.
Well I truly believe one of the reasons may be that the herb Kratom is freely available in the USA. The sales of herbal Kratom are the mainstay of a lot of herbal and "head"shop businesses in America, with the herb and its addiction interrupter properties being reasonably well known about or at least acknowledged in mainstream society,
I believe people don't turn to ice in such great numbers in America simply because of the availability of Kratom. Or if they are using the drug,when they get to the point where they realise they are addicted and they know they have to do something about it, they will often try Kratom, being aware of its availability and the fact that it is a natural addiction interrupter.
So why is it banned in Australia? Is the herb dangerous? No not at all.
In small quantities it can have mild stimulant effect, similar to a cup of coffee, which, combined with other actions of the herb, seems to be enough to keep drug cravings at bay. In larger quantities it has more of an opiate-like effect, which can calm people down when they are suffering the usual extreme agitation of withdrawal.
The other effective alternative and addiction interrupter is BZP (Benzylpiperazine) which was originally promoted by a chemist in New Zealand who himself was addicted to methamphetamine.
Knowing he was addicted, and that his life was suffering because of it, it was after a friend died from an overdose of methamphetamine that he knew enough was enough. He began researching a solution and found that BZP could be an addiction interrupter. He tried it on himself and has never taken ice again, regaining control over his life.
Unfortunately in the past BZP was sold without regulation or control and was subsequently banned. I believe it is now banned everywhere and is classified as a dangerous drug. However it is not dangerous when taken responsibly and I believe, like Kratom, it should be available under prescription by qualified counselors and healthcare practitioners.
The problem with the particular scheduling of such herbs and substances in Australia is that it prohibits further research, but these treatments should be available for licensed practitioners to prescribe as they have the potential to restore health to the lives of thousands, many of whom are out in society committing unspeakable crimes directly because of their exposure to the heinous drug ice and the unavailability of safe, legal addiction solutions.
There is no need for a task force, legislators just need to make these substances available under prescription for addicts. This is an area that is not looked at enough. Prohibition doesn't work, not at all. Even in states and countries that have the death penalty - people still take and deal in drugs in those places.
Zero tolerance does not work and actually breaks apart our society as much as the drug does. I believe that the availability of the described substances under prescription is the answer to the methamphetamine scourge in our society.
Founder & Director
Happy Herb Company