… or by design.
Drugs of all kind are in vogue. For some is an escape, for others it is a weapon of a kind. They are everywhere and produced all over the globe from South America, Afghanistan, USA. It destroys best minds. An overdose may kill one and those they love because rational thinking is gone and the need to fill the void physically or emotionally prevails. The old newcomer is heroine but there is meth, cocaine, etc.
We only hear about this epidemic when a celebrity dies. But many more do in the quiet of their homes with no national coverage.
A small rural state of Vermont, priding itself on excellent cheese, home to Ben and Jerry’s Ice cream, made national and international news due to huge drug use and drug trafficking. It is a “highway” from Canada and New York State to Main and the rest of the East Coast. It is “highway to heaven” for some while it is killing many and destroying families.
Legalizing marijuana is good for some; mostly users. Growers who invested in huge plantations like the ones in California, Mendocino County, may find their product soon available at Wal-Mart. The price will fall and so will the profits. They will look for something else to sell and profit from and I do not believe it will be tomatoes or lettuce.
In the illegal trade/growing DEA is out forced and their funding is limited. DEA is confronted with guns that we happily sell to the drug dealers. Many dealers are US citizens who import labor consisting of illegals who never see even a detention center. They vanish and sometimes it includes those who are looking for them.
Majority of addictions start in a doctor’s office. Doctors have little time to communicate with a patient. They do not listen but are only looking at their little laptop to check what drugs they can prescribe for you or push on you. They like patients that had surgeries or have allergies. The latter are rarely tested but require more sophisticated medications available by prescription only.
A doctor makes a patient feel taken care for and special. Yes it is special to have a human guinea pig to test if the drug works. If it does not, there is always something better, newer, a definite cure. Some patients have at least six or more prescription drugs to deal with pain, depression, insomnia, etc. The cocktails can be deadly especially when a doctor is not aware of other habits like drinking alcohol and abuse of other over the counter wonder drugs like Benadryl. It does not matter because all of the prescriptions bring big bonuses. Big Pharma is “lobbying” in a doctor’s office. Doctors in any group are treated to fancy dinners, cruises, cash bonuses.
Soon after, we see a commercial re new wonder drug that may or not kill you while providing a very temporary relief with typical “ask your doctor about it”; we see a commercial when attorneys will be happy to assist if you used the drug.
Unfortunately, it starts with children. Parents are usually too busy to deal with parenting. TV and Sesame Street cannot be enough. Too many youngsters were diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Medications like Ritalin were overprescribed. Then came Prozac and variations, drugs that should be banned.
Health care should address the issue of monetary connection between doctors and drug manufactures including certain testing procedures. It should be illegal for medical professionals to accept bonuses from pharmaceutical companies or insurance companies. It is a clear conflict of interest. If someone wants to be a doctor; he or she should have a welfare of a patient as a goal. Those who see it as a “get rich” plan should take a job at Wall Street