We heard a lot from our President that our government will take this crisis head on. The number one thing government should focus on is the pharmaceutical companies and how they flood towns with opiates. Of course everything I read on the plan our government left them out, since they give millions to both Democrats and Republicans.
What is part of the President’s plan?
- Stiffer penalties for high-intensity drug traffickers, including the death penalty for some.
- Education through advertising campaign.
- More funding from federal goverment to help combat the crisis.
- Programs that help people addicted find jobs while in treatment.
On the outside the plan looks very promising besides the death penalty. Lets dig a bit deeper into these ideas.
Death Penalty– This could make some sense but the fact it wont put those CEO’s from big pharma in prison let alone sentenced to death. Just focusing on the people illegally selling opiates is very counter productive. Why? Because a lot of people start using opiates that were prescribed to them. A lot of people sell the opiates they do not use and some cases sell their whole script. Doctors have been caught over prescribing in every state and alone this is a huge problem for our country. We are telling our next generation that it is okay to be a legal drug dealer just make sure you are a doctor. This is not to say no doctors have been penalized, they certainly have. It is very simple for those doctors to close up practice and move to another state. We need to find solutions that work not solutions that are hypocritical and very questionable. These companies that make and flood towns with opiates need to finally be held accountable.
- Williamson, W.Va– Population less then 3200- Amount of opiates 20.8 million
- Kermit, West Virginia- Population 400- Amount of opiates 5 million
These are two towns that I know of and sadly in the same state. Not every pill stayed in these towns but flooded nearby towns also. If companies are acting like drug dealers they also need to be held to the same standard. I hope in time that will happen but our Government wont do it, we have to make them do it.
Education through Advertising– If you are old enough you might remember the failed add campaign about Marijuana and other drugs. If you don’t, let me remind you.