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The Failed War On Drugs: Opioid Addiction

opioid addiction

The United Nations General Assembly gathered in New York for the first time since 1998 for a special hearing on the Failed War on Drugs earlier this year. President Nixon began the war on drugs in 1971 proclaiming “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse”. In order to win the war President Nixon, lead an all-out offense attack on the prohibition of drugs, military intervention, and a foreign aid to reduce the trade of illicit drugs. America punished manufacturers, locked up traffickers and suppliers, and treated the drug addicts as criminals.
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The White House Wants You to Share Your Addiction Story

The White House

The Trump administration recently unveiled a brand new website featuring the video testimonials of countless Americans who have been affected by the ongoing opioid crisis in the U.S.

In President Trump’s own video message to the public, he highlights the facts that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental deaths in the U.S. and about 175 Americans die of a drug overdose every day. Most of these deaths are caused by opioids. (more…)

Parents: How to Have the ” Drug Talk ” With Your Child.

My family celebrates the holidays together at my parents house in Arizona. Rarely am I able to attend, living in Texas and working full time. This past Christmas I was able to return home and enjoy the festivities with my family. Walking through my childhood home I reminisced on my younger years. Happy family photos covered the walls in my parents house. Anyone looking at these old photos could tell our family was happy, but no one could tell that the little boy in those photos would grow up to become a junkie who would be forced to wander the streets night after night in search for drugs that he thought he so desperately needed to survive. My parents had no idea what was going to happen to their son. Encouraged to perform well in school, my parents were good role models for my siblings and myself growing up. I was involved in the Boy Scouts and even earn the highest rank Eagle Scout. Sports filled my time after school, it seemed like the picture perfect childhood and my parents had no idea that their son’s future was going to involve an addiction to heroin. (more…)

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