The Heroin and The Opioids EpidemicWe think addiction is not in our home, neighborhood, or town. The heroin and the opioid epidemic is affecting middle-class Americans, both young and old. We cannot hide from it. The reality is heroin is in our homes. It is taking over America. No one ever aspires to be a junkie. Maybe the addiction started with prescription painkillers, then gradually progressed over the years. Prescription narcotics have a high street value. For instance, OxyContin goes for roughly $80 per pill. As addiction takes hold of the body, the response is to develop a tolerance to the medication, leaving the addict craving more. Street pills are expensive, and unfortunately, heroin is cheap. What was a $160 a day pill habit can easily transition to a $20 a day fix on black tar. The book, “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic,” by Sam Quinones chronicles all the components that fell into place to create the ripe situation for heroin to rise to the top of America’s favored drug list. Once a drug only associated with celebrity overdoses, homelessness, and heroin chic models, heroin has catapulted in popularity. Therefore, it is the drug of choice shocking a nation.
Signs Make For An EpidemicHowever, all the signs making for an epidemic were there in the 1990s. The stage was set. Pharmaceutical companies doctored reports to make money saying pain management was critical. Furthermore, opioids were not addictive. Doctors began filling out prescription after prescription for both chronic pain suffers and those that had minor injuries. Everything seemed to be going well. But then addiction set in taking hold and growing like suffocating cancer. Seizing the opportunity, a small town in Mexico began smuggling black tar heroin across the border. Also setting up heroin “cells” in major cities in several states. Standing outside pain doctors’ offices, rehab facilities, and even methadone clinics, they offered cheap solutions to opioid addiction – heroin. Opium, harvested from poppies, is the oldest drug known to humankind. Opium dens in Asia spread west, notably during the 19th century to North America and France. Later, these were shut down. But by the mid-20th century, opium dens ceased to exist in America openly. Opium is not a new drug. It’s an old drug that is making a bigger than life comeback.
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