Ranger Man kind of stole my thunder for this Friday’s post, but I forgive him. We talk about the same story from different angles…
Have you ever had one of those surrealistic moments where you look around and wonder if you’re suddenly living in a movie? On Tuesday I was reading the MSM, which I hate myself for doing sometimes, and came across this story.
For those of you who haven’t read it and have no desire to read it: I don’t blame you. Apparently some guy high on drugs ate part of another guy’s face. Here’s a brief excerpt from the story:
“The guy was like tearing him to pieces with his mouth, so I told him, ‘Get off!'” Vega told WSVN. “You know it’s like the guy just kept eating the other guy away, like ripping his skin.”
This was the NEWS folks! This wasn’t a late night movie that would cause you to lose sleep, it was an event that happened in Miami, Florida.
What gets me about this story is that everybody is assuming (me along with them) that the guy was hopped up onsome kind of drug with bath salts being the favorite candidate right now. For the life of me I can’t figure out why someone would look at a drug that has potential to turn you into a face-eating zombie and say, “Hey! I gotta have me some of that!”
Here in Maine there have been a rash of bath salts incidents in the last couple of years. Ranger Man wrote a post awhile back about the new drug and some of its effects on people.
The Big Picture
Despite my inability to understand why people would want to take a drug like this the fact remains that they do and do so in great numbers. When times are tough people seem to want to “escape reality” for some reason. Sorry for the over-used phrase, but it still holds true. It seems for those who are poor this and other cheap drugs are the favorite escape vehicle despite the fact that they will eventually kill you.
When addicts are denied access to their drugs they will often look for other drugs as a substitute until they can get their favorite high back again. An addict will do anything they can to get high and that means taking prescription drugs too. There have been stories here in Maine recently of addicts breaking into older citizens homes – because they usually have prescription drugs – and robbing or even killing for them.
Imagine if TSHTF and they had no more access to these drugs? Would the addicts swarm into the country side looking for drugs and killing innocent people for them? Check out this video by the Patriot Nurse and her opinion about druggies and what might happen when they no longer have access to drugs. The part about the drugs starts around 3:50 minutes.
She might seem a little radical, but I believe she makes a good point about the drug addicts looking for a fix.
Then there are the other drugs out there: meth, coke, alcohol, LSD, and check out this story on a drug called Krokidil, a Russian substitute for heroin. Do a Google search for the physical effects of this drug to see some really horrifying stuff.
My opinion is that this could be a very real danger if we were to experience a long term event. If you have drugs in the house you might want to think about how many people know about them and if that would be problematic during a crisis. OPSEC would be very important in this situation.
I also think the danger depends largely on where you live. Living in a city or the outskirts may put you at higher risk from this particular threat than someone living in the country. The reason I say that is that hardcore druggies are unlikely to have reliable transportation and would probably have to set out on foot. Also, addicts are less likely to be able to hoof it a long distance due to poor physical conditioning, meaning they’ll be limited to the city and outskirts, although I’m sure there will be exceptions to both of these ideas.
What To Do?
Simple. Like everything your best line of defense is OPSEC. Addicts are going to go after the low hanging fruit first and if they don’t know where to find you or that you have prescription drugs on hand you’ll be harder to spot.
Lock your doors. It’s probably silly to put in writing, but you’d be surprised how many people leave their doors open.
Get a gun and learn how to use it. If someone breaks into your house you may or may not have time to get to a gun, but at least you have some kind of defense nearby.
Give them what they want. If they break in and get the drop on you give them what they want. Even if your medication is vital to your survival you at least have a chance of surviving long enough to get more instead of being killed on the spot.
Hide a little somewhere. If they do get in and get your main supply of prescription drugs you’ll at least have some hidden elsewhere you’ll be able to retrieve after they’re gone. Don’t get caught short.
What do you think about this story? There are many facets I haven’t covered and I’m curious to what your reaction is to this story.
Sound off below!