All books start with an idea. Actually, they’re usually an amalgamation of several ideas. Take High Price to Pay. It started with the idea that legalizing some drugs helped to make certain states solvent and became coupled with the idea that all drugs should be legalized since regulation is bad.
And so a story was born.
But wait, there’s more. Because doing drugs is a sin, there had to be a punishment for doing drugs and the social consequences of doing drugs couldn’t be ignored. Which left me with the following foundation:
After the 2nd Great(est) Depression of 2022, all drugs were made legal to pay off the national debt. But drug use cost more than money. Certain civil liberties were given up:
Users were chemically sterilized
There could be no radical medical intervention to save the lives of addicts
Addicts had no right to life, police couldn’t waste money investigating their deaths, no trail for an erasure warrant to be issued
Addicts could be held without bail if suspected of a crime
Addicts couldn’t drive
All addicts must be sober for the three days preceding an election
Addicts had three chances to get sober before being stripped of their rights permanently.
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