One Statistic Illustrates the Grim Reality of Opioid Abuse — And It’s Just the Beginning

And to think, heroin isn’t even legal. As disconcerting as this may all seem, given track record the US, and most of the world, has had with handling drug abuse through a heavy handed policy of prohibition and public education, given all of the unfathomable externalities, the vast networks of criminality, the street violence, the underground gun market, and the relegation of entire demographics of people into the criminal justice system, I have a hard time being seduced into panic over the social ills of addiction. Perhaps when we look at this problem too directly we miss the underlying issues of unemployment, massive debts, inaccessible housing, and poverty. Then there is the added dimension of this being an apparently irreducible dimension of human life.