Research from 2016 indicates that almost 60,000 Americans succumbed to drug overdose, which experts say is one of the highest annual leaps they’ve seen in years. It is a reflection of what many fear is becoming a major epidemic: opioid abuse. It has now been confirmed that ODs are the greatest killer of Americans who are under the age of 30. But why is it happening and what can be done about it?
The Breakdown Of The Family Structure
The nuclear family is one of the building blocks of a stable and prosperous society. The United States today has one of the highest divorce rates in the world with single parent households becoming increasingly common. Such households are prone to dysfunction as it is difficult for a single parent to discipline and watch their children as they must work. Children from such households are prone to behavioral issues and when they become teens this among other factors can precipitate drug usage.
The Push And Acceptance Of Prescription Drugs
While heroin, an illegal drug, is behind many fatal overdoses throughout the U.S., many of the other opiates which are being abused are completely legal, and can be acquired through a doctor’s prescription. One such example if fentanyl, which the World Health Organization considered to be an “essential medicine” that is safe.
The pharmaceutical industry spends billions of dollars promoting habit forming drugs which are seen as a quick solution to pain, both physical and psychological, and rather than using natural substances or seeking therapy, Americans use them, with many becoming addicted and dying. That makes these “legalized opiates” not much different from heroin.
Massive Importation of Drugs From Mexico And China
Mexico and China import more drugs into the United States than any other country. While some would argue that this would be impossible if Americans didn’t have demand for the drugs, the problem also exists as a result of the failure of the American government to prevent drugs from crossing the border. While it isn’t realistic to expect the flow of drugs to be cut completely, the U.S. has the economic, political and military power to exert significant pressure on the Chinese and Mexicans, to the point where they are forced to take action within their countries. If and when the U.S. government sees the importation of drugs as a national security threat, change will occur.
How Can The Problem Be Solved?
Talking about the tens of thousands who have succumbed to overdose in the U.S. is meaningless if solutions are not presented. The good news is that Americans don’t have to wait on the U.S. government or DEA to take action. It begins with the family and individual, by recognizing that the drug industry, both legal and legal, is a multibillion dollar sector where profits are considered more important than human lives. Americans must learn to reject opiates, both legal and otherwise, in favor of natural solutions that do not lead to addiction and overdose. Most important, parents must play a greater role in the lives of their kids and educating them on the danger and nature of drug trade.