Heroin is a killer. It tears its victims apart, eating them away. America is in the midst of an opioid epidemic, and it’s leaving a wake of casualties.
We think that addiction is not in our home, neighborhood or town. The opioid crisis is an epidemic that is affecting middle-class Americans, both young and old. We cannot hide from it. The reality is that heroin is in our homes and it is taking over America.
No one ever aspires to be a junkie. Maybe the addiction started with prescription painkillers, gradually progressing over the years. Prescription narcotics have a high street value – roughly $80 per OxyContin 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 that was only associated with celebrity overdoses, homelessness and heroin chic models, heroin’s catapulted popularity as the drug of choice is shocking a nation.
However, all the signs were there in the 1990s for the making of an epidemic. The stage was set, pharmaceutical companies were making money and doctoring reports, saying that pain management was critical and that 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 until addiction set in, took hold and grew like suffocating cancer.
Seizing the opportunity, a small town in Mexico began smuggling black tar heroin across the border, 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 addictions – 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, and 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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