Resolution 3: Narco Terrorism

Introduced by: George L. Bradley, DO – Delegate, Gaston County Medical Society

Referred to: Reference Committee No. 1 – Timothy M. Beittel, MD, Chair

WHEREAS, narco-terrorism is defined as “the use of drug trafficking to advance the objectives of certain governments and terrorist organizations;” and

WHEREAS, the narco-terrorist is defined as “an organized group that is complicit in the activities of drug trafficking in order to further, or fund, premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets with the intention to influence (that is, influence a government or group of people”); and

WHEREAS, addiction is a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences; and

WHEREAS, the “war on drugs” and the “war on terror” are linked through criminal and political convergence producing huge financial profits for the narco-terrorist and criminal, while creating outbreaks of violence and instability; and

WHEREAS, narco-terrorism is becoming increasingly active at the community level; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports efforts to address narco-terrorism that emphasize patient and community education; and be it further (policy)

RESOLVED, That the North Carolina Medical Society supports responsible prescribing of opioid/opiate medications and increased education of physicians about drug abuse. (policy)

Fiscal Note: No additional funding above current resources estimated. Current resources will be allocated based on the priorities of the Society and the NCMS budget.

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5 Comments

  • freeman jackson

    I think the “war on terror” and “terrorism” wording in this resolution obscures the goal of this resolution, which is good. Most forms of lawlessness, even if through several degrees of separation, illicit some sort of unwanted consequence to society, but to call this “terrorism” seems a bit irresponsible.

  • Sandra Brown MD

    I’m not sure I would describe our problem as “narco terrorism”. The greatest problem is with prescription opioid diversion as we will hear from a state speaker at the meeting. This resolution is swinging at 3 pitches at once (narco terrorism, community treatment, drug diversion). I appreciate the sentiment but do not support the resolution in its current state.

  • Jeff Wright

    Narco-terrorism may be a newer term, but does not the medical society already have decades of resolutions regarding drug use and the myriad of associated effects?

  • Robert Monteiro, MD

    See Report A for the Opioid Death Reduction Task Force recommendations of what the NCMS can do to address problems associated with opioid prescribing.

  • David Hightshue

    I can agree with this!