So most states, including our beloved Illinois, have laws against the possession of hypodermic needles. I think the idea at the brain trusts we call state legislatures went something like this:
Well, drugs are bad, mkay.
And we need to do something to keep these bad drugs from people.
So they began brainstorming, and soon discovered that it was just drizzling. And they came up with: let’s ban the instrument (they call it paraphernalia) that drug users use to get the drugs into their bodies. Now I don’t want you to think too hard about how dumb that is, because its pretty damn dumb. I haven’t done a study on how many people don’t do drugs because they can’t find the needles (because they are illegal), but I can assure you, the number is ZERO.
But, what does making drug needles illegal do? It allows the police to arrest people when they find these “illegal” things, and it makes needles more valuable to drug users, because it might be hard to find needles when you want to get high … because they are illegal. So instead of buying brand new shiny needles to put drugs in their arms (or wherever), drug users share needles. And in the same way they share HIV.
In Indiana, Mike Pence, their governor has suspended the prohibition on distributing needles to addicts for 30 days because they are suffering a little HIV outbreak. He said that distributing needles goes against his conscience, but he is making this exception because of the HIV outbreak.
As long as we have Einsteins like the good governor running our states, I will continue to have a rich source for articles about how dumb our legislators are, and in a confounding paradoxical way … I will be happy.
We could wait for Gov. Pence to take a millennium or so to figure out that writing bad laws have consequences, but he wouldn’t figure it out. You see government people like him think when they follow their conscience that makes everything alrighty (I am pretty sure they heard that in a bed time story and latched on). And that’s why our laws will continue to be fucked up. Forever, amen.
Law Dude, Ray Flavin, is a DUI attorney who represents drivers that have been charged with DUI in McHenry County Illinois. His law offices are located across the street from the McHenry County Courthouse in Woodstock, IL.