Addiction and It’s Victims

My heart hurts today. A friends young daughter passed away yesterday of a drug overdose. The pain she is dealing with right now must be unbearable. I cannot even imagine if one of my children left this earth before me, honestly this is one of my greatest fears.

I have been around drug abuse most of my life and have seen the devastation it causes to the person using and the family and friends around them who love and care about them.

The question I have to ask is when and how do we stop this train wreck?

  • The pharmaceutic companies must have some consequence for creating highly addictive substances that have 8 million people in the United States hooked.
    • How do citizens fight this multi-billion dollar industry?
  • What about the doctors who prescribe these like candy, what’s their penance?
    • Certainly there are tracking mechanisms in place to catch doctors over prescribing
  • How about the dealers with no conscience who sell anything and everything for a quick buck?
    • Used to be a lot more difficult than it is today to get illegal drugs, every corner
  • How about the coaches who want athletes on the field at any cost?
    • Oh I know this begins in high school as I have seen it firsthand, college, NFL, your knee hurts here is a pain med.

I don’t pretend to have the answer but certainly as a society we at some point have to recognize that something has to give. Maybe instead of building new prisons maybe we should put our funding into treatment facilities. Yes the argument I am certain will be made that each person has a choice, but do they really once they are hooked. The mind and body aren’t fully developed until almost 30 and are now altered, how do you go back? I found some research from Daniel Amen which I found very interesting, if you have time take a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esPRsT-lmw8

Death and Not Understanding

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This week a fantastic woman that we have known since our kids were little passed away from brain cancer. Tonya began her fight with breast cancer and won only to have it come back in her brain. She was one of the loveliest, kindest, funniest people that I have ever met. I can only imagine the pain that her husband and son are feeling and it makes me wonder why great people get such horrible diseases and are taken from the world. I believe in a god and know that there must be a reason but can’t help but ask why her? Tragedy is all around us, which is one of the reasons I don’t watch the news or read the paper because I don’t want to see or hear all the negative input. It is when these situations occur that I guess is an opportunity for all of us to evaluate what is truly important and focus on making the world a better place. Thank you Tonya for making the world a better place- in honor of my girl……

Not so good things in life

So my husband and I walk a lot and we are always amazed by the trash that people just throw wherever they feel like it, whether it is food wrappers, cigarette butts, or anything else I simply do not understand how people have become so inconsiderate and lazy. Drugs, we were riding on the train and when looking out the window we see a young man addicted to drugs trying to find a vein to shoot up, syringe in hand, I was sad for days to think that a drug is powerful enough to make people not care about anything other than getting high. I am not naive but Its an epidemic that is so out of control and tragic. Now for the worst thing, a man dropped his pants in the middle of the sidewalk to poop, yes you heard me correctly. I was shocked, completely grossed out and could not believe that anyone ever would do this. What has our world come to? I guess the question I am left asking is how do we stop the cycle? We take a bag and gloves when we walk and pick up trash I guess as our small way of trying to make a difference but it’s so much bigger…. Ideas ?