posted on Aug, 13 2017 @ 11:41 PM
The opioid problem in the U.S. has affected too many families across the U.S.. It has hit close to home since my wife's brother's family are
currently experiencing opioid addiction within their own family. The reality and panic of addiction came to a head when their beautiful 29 year-old
daughter almost lost her life 3 weeks ago due to an overdose. What's even worse, is they also have a son who is also addicted to this crap!
This is a detailed incident that almost made my niece another death statistic due to the current opioid epidemic:
Our niece was found unconscious in her car on the side of a country road near her home. Her face was pressed up against the drivers window of her
locked car. Her lips were turning blue and she was sweating profusely. The car was still in drive with her foot on the break pedal. Passerby's
stopped to give assistance but the car doors were locked and all the windows were rolled up. One of them called 911. In the mean time, her younger
brother was driving down the same road and spotted her car sitting on the side of the road with people standing outside with their cell phones. He
quickly noticed it was his sister's car, stopped and ran to her car trying to break the windows with a rock he found beside the car. He was
panicking because he couldn't break-out the windows! He frantically called his parents and his father arrived with a pipe wrench and busted out the
window and pulled his daughter out of the car. The ambulance arrived and rushed her to the hospital. The doctor told her parents, another 2 minutes
she would have been dead!!!
Her mother found her cell phone laying on the seat of her car. She had an unfinished text to the person who sold her the drugs. She started reading
his text and it said something to the affect, "take these slow because there laced with something." (Sorry, but I don't remember the exact
wording). Her mother started texting the dealer to let the S.O.B. know he almost killed her daughter. Before she finished the text, the police
arrived and told her not to send the text. They confiscated the cell phone and traced the text messages back to the dealer. (He was texting her all
night because he was worried she over dosed!) The police arrested him at midnight in an upscale neighborhood. He was in his late 40's, worked in
construction, had a beautiful wife and two children. He was also an addict and his wife was aware of his drug dealings! What's worse, he was a
friend of my niece's brother who is also an addict. (Her brother felt sorry that his friend got arrested and blamed his sister for getting him in
trouble!!!!) How F-uped is that!
I can't imagine the heart ache her parents and us would have felt if we lost her that day. What's sad is these parents have 2 out of their 5
children addicted to these drugs. Her mother just learned her friend's son just passed away 2 days ago due to opioid overdose. He was struggling
with the addiction for 13 years!
Everyday these parents are faced with the reality they could lose 2 of their 5 siblings to this addiction. They can't force them into rehab because
they're both adults. Her brother who is also an addict is married and has two children. The addiction is so strong, their daughter has stolen
prescription pain killers from other relatives homes including my own home. It's really sad and pathetic! The craving for these drugs are just
overwhelming and few are able to come clean.
So of course her family and I were glad to see that Trump finally declared the opioid epidemic a national emergency. I have thought about this and
have strong feelings on what this country should do to fight this epidemic. Some may find it extreme, but extreme problems need extreme solutions.
Here is a list of what I feel would go a long way in attacking this national epidemic.
-Any one caught dealing drugs should be given the death penalty. How many people have these dealers supplied drugs to that have ended up dead because
of an overdose or drugs laced with another dangerous drug? They're as responsible for those deaths as much as someone who has committed 1st degree
murder. They know what they're selling and they know it can cause someone to die. Maybe if drug dealers knew there was an extreme price to pay if
they got caught dealing drugs, the money to sell drugs would be much less attractive.
-Known addicts should be forced into rehab, no matter what their age. Once rehabilitated, they would be responsible to make monthly payments to cover
all medical costs. The government should be able to garnish their wages and keep any income tax refunds until fully paid. A small price to pay for
saving them from a life of addiction and possible death. I also think it would directly reduce the crime rates in this country. Considering many
robberies and murders stem from the need for money to pay for their drug addictions.
-Since street gangs are notorious for dealing drugs on the street, it's about time "street gangs" and any other organization that have been
involved in drugs, crime and murder be declared "illegal." The help of the military, CIA, and local police force should be used to eliminate these
organizations that recruit our children and do nothing but terrorize neighborhoods.
-Increase surveillance on drug cartels and use the military to eliminate their sanctuaries.
-There should be a national healthcare forum to find ways of controlling prescribed addictive pain medication.
-Labs across the country in collaboration with labs around the world, should focus on developing medication that can offset the physical and mental
aspects of addiction. This would surly lead to other therapies and medication that would also address alcohol and food addictions.
-Elementary and middle schools should be showing documentaries of the effects of opioid addiction and the dangers of drugs. Children are
impressionable at a young age and this is when we should be scaring the hell out of them about the dangers of taking drugs! I remember back when I
was attending middle school, we were shown videos in our health class of people shooting up on heroin, dying of overdoses and hallucinating on '___'.
Those videos scared many kids like myself who wouldn't have dared to even think of taking those drugs! Unfortunately, just like other teaching
techniques that worked in education over the years, it was eliminated.
So ATS, what are your ideas on combating the opioid addiction problem in this country? Do you agree with my ideas, if not why?