I have heard this before, but found this article today, read the quote below.
It’s the highest number of drug-related deaths our country has ever seen. It’s more deaths than the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. In a single year, we’ve lost nearly as many Americans to drug overdose as we lost in battle in World War I. Almost as many as was lost in 12 years in Vietnam.
And that’s just overdose deaths. That number—as high as it is—says nothing about the long-term health damage to our citizens who survive, to say nothing about the human misery, the families ripped apart, and the extremes of crime and violence inherent in the illegal-drug enterprise.
We are in the major health crisis in the United States, we are loosing more people than at the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1995. These numbers are so sad. Please, remember these are NOT just statistics, these are people’s loved ones. People who had dreams and aspirations that did NOT include being a drug addict.
We have to STOP the stigma and realize people are suffering. Once people start showing compassion and we provide true medical care for people this will continue. There is so much to do and we have to change the status quo on how we treat addiction.