So recently, I shared a post on Facebook that was simply a picture that started quite a discussion about how we view the responsibility of those utilizing drugs. I wrote this post way back in August and I think it shares, pretty accurately, my heart for what I believe about the drug epidemic.
“I was recently asked to write a post for an English class about what one thing would “Make America Great Again.” And I ended up turning the post in late, because honestly, looking at this country there are just so many things that need to change. But aside from the obvious (people turning back to Jesus), as this was obviously more of a policy post, what could be done? So I wanted to share my post with you, because I think what I wrote about is pretty important. I edited a few little things but for the most part this is exactly what my post looked like.
“There are so many things going on in the United States right now that greatly affect the nation as a whole. So what one major thing should be changed in the United States to “Make America Great Again?” Health Care and Pharmaceuticals. Heard about the drug epidemic? Know someone personally that’s addicted? These are not “junkies.” A lot of them are still kids. And the worst dealers of all are those writing prescriptions for pain medicines. Most of the time, it starts there. Heroin addiction starts with prescription medicine more often than it starts with marijuana, as we were told it would when we were in middle school. ‘Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription opioids first’ (NIDA, 2017). This epidemic and the attitude towards it need to change. If those still struggling with addiction do not get help, they could face the same fate as their friends.
If the pharmaceutical industry were more heavily regulated, I truly do not believe that the heroin epidemic would have ever started. Doctors need to stop prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, and amphetamines without keeping careful control of how often and why their patients take them. If they suspect that their patient has become dependent on one of these medicines, they need to stop prescribing it to them. We are supposed to be able to trust doctors to provide for our health, not to work against it.”
NIDA. (2017, July 1). Heroin. Retrieved from https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin on 2017, July 28. “
Now, I’m going to add a bit more onto what I originally wrote. While those kids (aka young adults) are not junkies, they do make choices along the way that lead them to eventually have to face the consequences of their actions. It falls on both the doctors and those using when it gets to the point of using any kind of drug without a legitimate medical reason to do so.