Any time we try to solve the drug problem, we have to look at the whole of the problem, not just one drug. Have you ever been to a carnival and played the game called “whack-a-mole”? This game consists of a large board with holes through which mechanical moles stick their heads, one after another.
It is estimated that about 18 million people misuse prescription drugs in the U.S. each year. About 5,480 people abuse such medications for the first time every day . Not all of those who misuse prescription drugs “just once” will become addicted to them. But many of them will.
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.
If you have been watching headlines that relate to drug overdoses, you’ve heard of fentanyl, a powerful opioid manufactured in China but often imported into the U.S. The cheap price and high potency of this drug make it a drug dealer’s dream but a family’s nightmare.
Why has the Drug Enforcement Administration collected more than nine million pounds of unneeded drugs in the last 14 years? Are Americans really being over-drugged?
Finally, there are definite signs that major pharmaceutical companies are being assigned proper accountability for contributing to America’s terrible opioid abuse epidemic.
John is clean-cut and athletic, his quick movements and speech reveal his alert intelligence. But through all of his teens and young adulthood, he was headed for complete self-destruction through drugs. And it all started when he was just seven years old.