Moral failure, entrapment, incentive structures, drugs, hypo criticism, systemic pressure, mental and chemical illness. These are all areas of overlap between the opioid epidemic and the prison industrial complex. Something I recently realized is that no one “crisis” can be completely isolated within a culture — if conditions are fertilized to breed one set of circumstances in a country’s cultural ecosystem, it is probably fair to assume that these conditions can be replicated or mutated someplace else.

For instance, a common characteristic of the opioid epidemic is that it is a result of a person’s moral failures, or their inability…

Sepideh Karimi

Cybersecurity Masters Student at Georgia Tech

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