somaLETS TALK ABOUT …THE SPREADING DRUG EPIDEMIC!!! In 1931 Aldous Huxley wrote a book called “Brave New World”. The “World State” government used “soma” to control the population primarily to discourage intelligent critical thinking. “Soma” the ideal pleasure narcotic drug, kept the citizens of the World State enslaved in a hallucinogenic euphoric state void of emotions and personal connections.

Around the 1960’s  an open culture of drug use excelled—the great escape of masses of individuals seeking escape through a euphoric state—we had entered the age of “soma”

As we delve deeper into the secrets of the brain, we are beginning to understand the chemical dynamics of the cause of the drug epidemic spreading like wildfire through the U.S.


There is a part of our brain called the basal ganglia that produces “dopamine”—a neurotransmitter that plays a number of roles for mind-body functions—it is the pleasurable reward regulator. Dopamine also regulates behavior, attention, inhibition, sleep, mood, learning, etc. Excess and deficiency of this vital chemical is part of the cause of addictions.

A child giggles as they are thrown in the air. People scream as they go up and down, round and round on a roller coaster. Risk takers step out of planes at 15K feet. No one is immune from seeking pleasure.

Addictions are associated with abnormal dopamine levels in the brain. As the levels of dopamine neutralize, the brain needs stronger and more stimulants.

Heroin, morphine, and other opioid drugs, works by binding to the body’s opiate receptors, highly concentrated in areas of the brain, driving up dopamine levels in the brain’s reward areas, producing a state of euphoria and relaxation.

The drug epidemic has gradually been spreading across the US. Deaths from drug overdoses have jumped in nearly every county across the United States, driven largely by an explosion in addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin.

According to the Center for Disease Control, “Heroin use has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels. Some of the greatest increases occurred in demographic groups with historically low rates of heroin use: women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Not only are people using heroin, they are also abusing multiple other substances, especially cocaine and prescription opioid painkillers….the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013.“

The epicenter of the drug epidemic seems to be located in New Hampshire. Just as they were starting to get a handle on their heroin deaths, enter Fentanyl.


Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate analgesic that is similar to morphine, but more potent. It is prescribed to treat patients with severe pain, manage pain after surgery, and for people with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to opiates.


Fentanyl, which looks like heroin, mixed with street heroin or cocaine markedly amplifies their potency and potential dangers. Fentanyl is up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, and, up to 100 times more potent then morphine.

The CDC reports that nationally, the total number of fentanyl drug seizures reported by forensic labs went from 618 in 2012 to 4,585 in 2014.

So, is Fentanyl soma?

Glad we talked about this. Of course, it is just my opinion.


Glad we talked.


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