West Virginia has had a tough go of it through this drug crisis. The state has been a major target of pharmaceutical companies who flooded rural areas with a complete over-abundance of painkillers and now, HIV cases in the state are spiking in certain areas. These are called “clusters.” This news comes on the back of recent announcements from the Trump administration that they are looking into new measures to eradicate HIV and AIDS within the next ten years.
Nowadays, and I’m in complete agreement with it, drug dealers are being held responsible if and when the drugs they sell a person result in a fatal overdose. It’s a fairly new position by the criminal justice system that drug dealers need to be held accountable for what happens to a person after he or she consumes the drugs they sell and it’s mostly in response to the incredible amount of fentanyl that’s made its way into not only heroin, but also into cocaine and methamphetamine. Since the emergence of fentanyl on the drug scene, as so many people have died because of the greed of others, something had to change.
Lately the national news has covered some major stories about lawsuits being forged against major pharmaceutical companies for the roles they played in creating today’s drug crisis.
Boredom is one of those things that I don’t feel is talked about enough when it comes to staying clean. I’m not saying it is never discussed, but it sometimes feels like an afterthought when compared to other, seemingly more complicated aspects of how to stay clean after treatment.
I remember sitting in the lounge area during my program at Narconon Suncoast and winding down and watching a movie on TV. Most of my TV watching leading up to that relied on DVR streaming, so I hadn’t been up to date on my commercials.
In my lifetime, I’ve seen our criminal justice system’s response to the rapidly escalating drug problem to be harsher and harsher penalties and more severe felony records.
I remember how excited I was when I first heard about Vivitrol—an opiate blocker that is only administered once a month and comes without the horrible withdrawal side effects that accompany Suboxone and Subutex when discontinued. I loved the idea.
Almost everyone seems to have an opinion when it comes to the drug crisis . It’s a major societal issue that’s been around for over 20 years and shows no signs of stopping or slowing down.
College is extremely frightening and exciting at the same time. Leaving home for the first time can come with homesickness and anxiety on the one hand and newfound independence on the other.
I came into this world on August 14 th, 1981. I almost got taken out of this world so many times, mostly due to my own poor decisions, bad choices, and my inability to deal with life. Today, as I turn 38, I’ve been looking back at my life and thinking about why I was put in this world.