Its time we all face the facts, people don’t care about addicts. Yesterday it came out that in 2016 more people died of drug overdoses than died in Vietnam. Let that sink in for a minute. IN 2016 MORE PEOPLE DIED OF DRUG OVERDOSES THAN DIED IN THE VIETNAM WAR.
This information has been reported by the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention.
The report also showed that the year’s 64,070 drug fatalities outnumbered:
- The 35,092 motor vehicle deaths in 2015.
- AIDS-related deaths in the worst year of the AIDS crisis, when 50,628 people died in 1995.
- The peak year for homicides in the U.S., when 24,703 people were murdered in 1991.
- , which have been rising in the U.S. for nearly 30 years and totaled 44,193 in 2015.
The data also shows that overdoses of synthetic drugs, such as — which is 50 to 100 times stronger than the painkiller morphine — are driving the sharp increases in opioid overdose deaths.
These numbers should guarantee a major change in our country. Not only in the way we deal with drug addiction and drug treatment. Will it?
In 2003 concerns about the SARS coronavirus ( bird flu ) prompted three years of nonstop media coverage and untold amounts of money spent to save our children from this disease that we just knew was coming. Ultimately, SARS infected about 8,400 people worldwide. There was never any objective evidence that regional quarantine helped squelch the virus, and follow-up studies found SARS to be not nearly as infectious as had been originally thought.
Today we know that in 2016 there were 64,070 drug fatalities in the United States alone. People say but addiction isn’t contagious so it’s not the same, but I disagree. Of course, you cannot walk down the street and breathe addiction into your body, but you can be a perfectly loving family and give birth to a child that will one day grow up and suffer from drug addiction. It doesn’t matter if you read to your child every night, help them with their homework, take them on vacations, and get them involved in your local church. At this time there is NO way to prevent your child from becoming addicted to drugs or becoming an alcoholic.
Why aren’t we dealing with this disease like it’s a disease instead of a moral failing? People don’t care, that is why. All of the years of the war on drugs taught us that people with drug addictions are less than. They don’t matter. The truth, however, is that not only do they matter but they are us. They are our us, our spouses, parents, siblings and most heartbreaking our children.
Since drugs are illegal they are expensive. This leads people to do illegal things in order to pay for the drugs. Those illegal acts just inflame society against those who have Substance Use Disorder even more. The only way to change the course that we are on is to totally revamp the way we approach to drug addiction. It had to be handled as the health crisis it is instead of a criminal plague.
Our children deserve better than what we are doing for them. I don’t know about you but I am not willing to roll the dice and pray that my child won’t be affected. After all, with the history of drug use in my family, the odds don’t look good. How do they look for you?
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