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One Of Trump’s Top Health Care Appointees Thinks Tattoos Lead To Drug Abuse



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It’s a day ending in Y which means it’s time for another Donald Trump appointee to make shit up.

John Fleming was just appointed by President Trump as assistant secretary for health technology at the Department of Health and Human Services. In his book, published in 2006, Fleming claimed that drugs could be easily linked to tattoos and goth kids.

The politician from Louisiana served four terms in the House of Representatives before making an unsuccessful bid for the Senate last year. He’s now in charge of improving how physicians use technology while practicing medicine.

Fleming is a longtime doctor who wrote Preventing Addiction: What Parents Must Know To Immunize Their Kids Against Drug and Alcohol Addiction.

In his book, he told parents to perform breathalyzer tests on their children. He also pushed some contested theories such as that tobacco can be a gateway drug for larger drug abuse.

“Not all Goths are drug addicts, but a high percentage experiment with all types of drugs, including hallucinogens,” he wrote.

Here are some of the juiciest excerpts pulled by Buzzfeed.

On what makes for a real party:

Kids experiment with substances almost exclusively in groups, which is why it’s vital that they communicate with each other and make their plans to “party.” By party, I am not talking about balloons and birthday cakes. (p.219)

Don’t smoke pot, not even once!

When kids cross the line into pot use, they are crossing the line, figuratively and literally, toward a life of illegal drug use and probable addiction. (p. 216)

Porn will lead to a long-lasting penis phobia.

Another recent example I can cite is that of an adult woman who was allowed to see a pornographic movie as a child. As an adult, she has suffered from a phobia to male genitalia. (p. 80)

Tattoos are a gateway drug!

Body art comes into play in drug addiction as well, although obviously, not all who have a tattoo are addicts. A sailer who gets a single tattoo on his arm or an adult woman who has a small butterfly tattooed on her lower abdomen are not necessarily drug addicts or even rebellious — just dumb, at least temporarily! (p. 187)

Goth’s are a gateway drug.

On the other hand, kids who seek a more substantial expression through body art do tend to get involved in drugs. The most likely connection between body art and drug use involves rebellion, or the subculture within what we can generalize and call the counterculture. The “Goth” or “punk” movements are specific counterculture groups. In both groups,
the kids often dress in black, wear heavy white makeup, paint their hair bright colors and use fairly intense body art and piercings. Goths usually smoke cigarettes and many practice an odd sort of devil worship, although kids in the “punk” culture may not have any interest in these non-mainstream beliefs. Not all Goths are drug addicts, but a high percentage experiment with all types of drugs, including hallucinogens. (p188)

Opioids prove the existence of God.

Were it not for these drugs, many common and miraculous surgeries would be impossible to either undergo or perform. In my opinion this is no coincidence at all. Only a higher power and intellect could have created a world in which substances like opiates grow naturally. (p. 67)

And more about the evil nature of goths.

When you see that your child has become interested in body art or has a fascination with the Goth or other subculture, then be on alert, because your child is likely headed into rebellion and possible drug experimentation. (p. 188)

So there you have it, your tattoos are going to lead you down a long and dark road to heroine and meth use.

Welcome to the Red State…