How Indigenous Communities are Robbed of Their Land and Their Lives by Drug Trafficking and Addiction
Indigenous Americans in both North and South America spent much of the last 500 years subjected to land theft at the hands of settler-colonial powers. Today’s Indigenous communities face a similar existential crisis, this time in the form of land grabs by illegal drug cartels and a complicit pharmaceutical industry.
In all of our advancements as a species, the human race still struggles with its shortcomings. We’re actively working on them, but they’re still there.
Ensuring that women in the United States and around the world receive equal protection must also include reversing our current radical increases in female overdose deaths.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.
For the last twenty-plus years, the United States has been on the receiving end of what might be the worst drug addiction epidemic that this country has ever seen. Everywhere we turn, there is an addiction. Every year that passes, the problem gets worse.
Families who have lost loved ones to the opioid epidemic should be pleased that five chairmen of pharmaceutical distribution companies have been called before Congress to account for their actions. These executives could be required to fund the recovery of millions of Americans, depending on the findings of Congress.
According to research, approximately one-hundred million Americans suffer from some form of regular, recurring pain problem. That is almost one-third of the entire population of the United States.
In Part I of this series, we looked at the emergence of an opioid epidemic in the U.S. that was fueled by the overprescribing of painkillers by doctors in every corner of the country. Now it looks like this problem may soon take on global proportions.
Over the last several years, hundreds of thousands of American families have suffered the heartbreak of losing someone they love to a drug overdose. Now, it appears that this scourge may begin to wreak a similar havoc in other countries as pharmaceutical companies seek growing markets overseas.