Fox news ran a story about how families whose children have died from opioid overdose are changing what they say in their obituaries. It seems as if this is the last attempt from families to cry out in rage and frustrations. Rage at a system of government and opioid drug companies that conspire to medicate the citizens of the United States. Frustration about a society that views drug overdose victims as a choice. Albeit a bad one but still a choice to use opioids.
Here you can read the story but the gist is that families are coming clean with the reason their children have died so young and tragically. Their hope is that they can send a last message to those who knew the child that they died needlessly and without cause. Their child died because of a system that treats them as a criminal. They died because they were addicted to heroin after not being able to obtain their pharmacy brought pills. The death resulted because of an untreated medical illness called addiction. These children died because society views them as dirty and weak.
Saying Goodbye to Opioid Victims
Normally obituaries are meant to be a final farewell. To a life long lived and well deserved. But how do obituaries work for young heroin opioid overdose victims? How does obituaries work for children dying from opioid use? What do you write for a summary of a child’s life that ended in a drug overdose? Can you sum up a life that ends so tragically with flowery words? You cannot. So these families are writing the truth about opioid overdose, which has been hidden for so long. My child died of a opioid drug overdose! It was something that could have been prevented. These parents are hoping that other families and other parents will read the obituary and take action. To not overlook that their children’s addictions or recreational drug use are not optional. That any recreational drug use is very serious and can end in death.
There is a saying in the 12 step program for narcotics, that the end result of drug use is jails. institutions, or death. Institutions is a reference to drug rehab and despite the Hollywood spotlights of celebrities going to rehab, the reality is that only a few percent of drug addicts ever have this option. Drug rehab centers are filled with very lucky people because the other two results jails and death are not something a sane person chooses.
It is an absolute tragedy and humanitarian crime to send someone to jail for using illegal drugs. It is mind blowing to think that people are in jail for their personal use and their addiction causes them to make poor decisions which leads them down a road of personal destruction. However, there is a big distinction between robbing and killing someone in order to obtain money to purchase drugs in which they are addicted to than personal consumption. Crimes such as these, while rooted in the addiction to legal or illegal substances must be punished. The justice system also does take into account first offenders whose crimes result from addictions. I read a comment the other day which made me sick and twists the issue which we are facing as a nation.
I cannot recall where the comment was but I copied and pasted it to write about it later. It said, “now that white people are addicted is it called a epidemic” or “if you are black and addicted you are a criminal but if you are white and addicted you are a victim” “so now that whites are affected it is a “problem” you are not going to call them “thugs” ??? now we have to a solution huh? instead of sending them to jail ??”
This comment just like Black Lives Matters attempts to twist issues by aligning them to a group of people without discussing the real issue. It is as if, we are not allowed to discuss the opioid epidemic or call it that because violent criminals, albeit addicted, but violent criminals are in jail because of the choices they made.
The opioid epidemic is a big issue not only because of the number of people who are addicted but because of the number of people dying every day from overdoses. The number of deaths related to “thug” related deaths pale in comparison. What makes this issue all the more tragic is that this is big business doing what the tobacco companies did for years. While it took 30-50 years for a person to die of lung cancer and they knew that damage was inevitable when used correctly. Drug companies who make the opioid chemicals 500 times more addicting know very well that people can become addicted in a short time when used as directed. They call it dependance and withdrawal discontinuation symptoms. They also know that patients are 90% more likely to request refill’s of the drugs even when the original usage no longer is relevant and when the medical system cuts them off, these prescription addicted patients turn to street heroin to avoid the terrible side effects of withdrawal.
So when reading a comment like this person left, just tells me they are bitter and they themselves feel they are the “real” victims and lash out because they are jealous that media attention is now being given to opioid addictions.
Imagine the media coverage of a airline crashing into a hillside, or falling out of the sky due to mechanical failure. The coverage runs non stop all day long with reports of casualties, names of victims, company response, government action, cause speculation. Thankfully it does not happen everyday but it does. Just not a airliner, hundreds of people are dying each day from opioid overdoses. Imagine a plane crash a day of young people dying, there would be so much outrage and call for action and change. A plane load of people die each day from opioid overdoses.
Hundreds of young people die each day
Yet the media is silent about the hundreds of victims dying everyday from prescription drugs and heroin. Why is that? Is it because they do not all die together? Is it because society still views addicts as a lifestyle choice? Where is the outrage? Why is there no call for action? Where is the government who controls these drugs? Sadly these are not heard and cannot be found. The victims and their families are left to suffer and mourn alone.
All this takes place each and every day and the sole beneficiary of this entire process is the drug makers. The company that produces the drugs. These companies sanitize themselves by claiming doctors have the responsibility to administer the drugs. Yet, it is the same company which teaches the doctors how to prescribe and what is the dosage and the indications and the adverse effects.
Drugs designed to create addiction
Envision a plane manufacture designing a plane that when used properly kills. The very design destroys the people who it is meant to transport. This comment seems so absurd but that is what is happening each and every day in the United States. Drug companies are producing daily opioid narcotic prescription pills by the ton and are consumed by addicted patients. Patients whose original indication for the prescription is long gone. For those who find that prescription pills or pharmacy bills are too expensive, they are turning to heroin as a quicker and cheaper alternative. The end result is the same, opioid overdose deaths each day kills a plane load of young people and nobody hears about it.