Treatment can be expensive. In a world where drug rehab is one of the most needed community services, unfortunately, not everyone can afford it. Not everyone’s family has cushy jobs that offer benefits like health and dental insurance.
For years, when discussing the opioid problem in the United States, most people think about one of two things; either they think about the heroin problem and how it started with painkiller abuse, or they think about fentanyl and the massive problems it’s been causing our society in recent years.
Just like most of us remember where we were and what we were doing when Michael Jackson died, a lot of us seem to remember the same details when we heard that Prince had died of a fatal overdose. He was a musical and cultural gift to our world but unfortunately, his own demons took him from us all too soon.
Spice is one of those drugs that one, is really scary and two, has completely gotten out-of-hand since it was created. I first heard about spice in 2010. I kept seeing it sold in gas stations and convenience stores.
Take everything you know or think you know about fentanyl and throw it out the window. Over the last couple of years urban legends and myths have surrounded the drug and all that has done is put a bunch of false data and wrong information into the hands of the public.
I’d like to say that “doctor shopping” is one of the oldest tricks in the book when it comes to being able to get lots of highly potent and addictive medication.
HIV and AIDS have been around for years and caused one of the worst public health crises our country, save the world, has ever seen. In the 80’s and 90’s the AIDS epidemic had our nation locked in a grip of fear.
Right now, we’re in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in recorded history. It’s so bad, that more people died as a result of a drug overdose last year than the total number of Americans killed during the Vietnam War.
Addiction affects more than one demographic in this country. Way back when, the stigma of addiction seemed to only affect the lower-class, and minority groups. As time has gone on the script has flipped, so to speak.
The drug crisis has been the birthplace of many strange ideas. Of course, as with any major problem or situation, citizens and law makers alike are going to try to come up with ideas…any ideas that may offer a solution.