If my words seem harsh or abrasive, I apologize in advance. I'm very passionate about this issue and happen to know a lot about it first hand. Try to understand what I say here critically & understand the logic. You may not agree, but if drug policies were different, Timmy might still be alive.
First I have to question terms here... "synthetic LSD". Because LSD was what before? Naturally occurring? Is synthetic a catch-all term for "fake" or "dangerous"? LSD is also synthesized and MUCH safer. If it was legal, that probably would have been taken instead of something deadly. What's the real killer here? The guy who sold the drugs or the drug war that schedules every safe compound until only the most dangerous analogs are left? This side-stepping of the law is a sign of the times, always chasing the dangerous legal highs for fear of incarceration. That's just plain bad luck, living in a time where LSD isn't as available and analogs are passed off as something else. You can't keep drugs out of the hands of every kid, but you can teach harm reduction techniques, i.e. using test kits to verify you know what you're getting. It's as simple as putting a drop on a piece of blotter paper and watching for a color change. Many takers of psychedelic analogs know this, but many young users as well as dealers aren't even aware such a thing exists. It's not just kids that making this mistake, it's adults too. Drug war advocates take an abstinence education approach to drugs rather than harm reduction, and it's killing people. Because abstinence education worked really well for sex ed, eh? Think how controversial handing out condoms to teenagers was and still is. But imagine how many teenage pregnancies have probably been prevented. I don't pretend to know how access to test kits would work, but it might save lives if our only legislative choice is to continue to ban as many intoxicating chemicals (that aren't alcohol, tobacco or caffeine) as possible. I know how ludicrous this is going to sound to some, but I hope you'll really think about it. There are organizations like DanceSafe that have been out there doing free testing for years at concerts, raves & the like. It's worth challenging what the status quo deems appropriate or morally justifiable on this issue because what we're doing as a country simply isn't working.
America needs to W-A-K-E U-P. The drug war has failed, and your children are dying because of it, not in spite of it.
My heart truly goes out to Timmy and his family. It's an awful tragedy.
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