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The Opioid Epidemic Is
This Generation’s AIDS Crisis

New York Magazine, by Andrew Sullivan

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Posted By:FlyRight, 3/18/2017 8:45:12 AM

Those of us who lived through the AIDS epidemic retain one singular memory: The plague that ravaged our lives was largely invisible to others. The epidemic was so concentrated for a while in a gay male subculture — often itself veiled by various closet doors — that straight people without gay family members or friends couldn’t see it. There was blanket media coverage, of course. But in your everyday life, if you were straight, you could live quite easily in the 1990s without coming across someone with AIDS. While gay men were living in a medieval landscape of constant disease

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Michaelus, 3/18/2017 9:24:07 AM     (No. 11193662)

Sullivan manages to take an essay about opioids and turn it into an essay about how miserable homosexuals are. This is worth reading. He fails to draw the obvious conclusion that obliterating yourself with heroin or obliterating yourself on poppers in an orgy of mass sodomy at the Stonewall bar are pretty similar.




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Reply 2 - Posted by: jj1319, 3/18/2017 9:26:08 AM     (No. 11193664)

GRIDS was a perfectly good name. To fuel the idea that everyone was at risk, the name was changed to AIDS. Bad news for the candy of the same name.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: thomthomp, 3/18/2017 10:09:58 AM     (No. 11193715)

Sullivan´s comparison is correct in respect that both "epidemics" are the result of individual choices and lifestyle, that both are 100% preventable by making different choices (not saying that is necessarily easy), and that both cause untold damage to family friends and society in general forced to deal with the consequences of other people´s bad choices.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Chief1942, 3/18/2017 1:42:23 PM     (No. 11193955)

They either wise up or remove themselves from the gene pool. THEIR choice, no one else´s.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: Heil Liberals, 3/18/2017 1:59:34 PM     (No. 11193976)

The only addicts I sympathize with are those who battle chronic pain. That´s includes thousands of veterans of the recent wars. For those that choose to medicate themselves, well that´s on them. I have no sympathy. This is from first hand experience.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: web, 3/18/2017 2:05:09 PM     (No. 11193987)

No, it wasn´t largely invisible. Gay activists made so much noise about it that they completely politicized AIDS. The CDC refused to treat it as any other communicable disease. There were special rules and lots of funding for something that was spread by gay sex. Of course, they spread the lie that it was a problem of the general population.

It´s the same with opioids. Don´t do heroin, which is cut with you don´t know what, and you won´t have a problem.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lakerman1, 3/18/2017 5:21:04 PM     (No. 11194165)

#6 is correct. It was important for the homosexual community to push the argument that AIDS was going to kill us all. Dirty Donna Shalala, during her 1993 senate confirmation hearings for HHS secretary, said exactly that.
She lied.
And as #6 noted, the ´opiod´ crisis is centered on heroin addiction, not pills for pain control. But it is important for some reason, to conflate heroin and pain pills, and call it an opiod crisis.
Therefore, Andrew Sullivan, himself an AIDS sufferer, is tring to tie together two big lies.

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