We Must Stop The Opiate Addiction

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Why is it when someone is diagnosed with heart disease people are concerned and feel empathy for the person, but when someone is diagnosed with an addiction to drugs they are faced with alienation and ridicule? It should be treated as the disease it is, and not as though it is a choice. The perceptions that still linger in our society about addicts are unfortunate, despite the decades of scientific research soundly disproving those views. The numbers of opiate addicts are increasing steadily every year. Clearly there is a much larger issue at hand. Addicts were traditionally found in low-income areas, with high unemployment rates. Now, there are many people that are employed, living in rural areas, also abusing drugs. This shows that…show more content…
When I was 14 years old, my father died of a drug overdose, after spending his life struggling with the disease,. I took care of my niece while my sister was heavily using. I fought with her for years to get sober. Then I found her in a bathroom unconscious, with no pulse, and a needle still stuck in her arm. I gave her C.P.R. for nearly 13 minutes until the paramedics’ arrived. They explained to me that if I had stopped giving her C.P.R., they would have never been able to revive her. In addition to them, I have several other family members and friends that also struggle with addiction. I have watched them try to get, and stay, sober. I have seen the control that addition has over them, and felt the way it affects everyone around them. I have watched the financial burden they cause their families, and our community. It’s honestly painful to love an addict. You’re angry a lot of the time. I think a lot of people can relate to the feeling of looking their loved one in the face and wanting to say “I wish someone would just stop you!”, but we should know better now. They need support, healthy connections, and people to be patient and understanding with them. It is a difficult task, but we are angry because we care. We often forget to tell them how much. The more informed we are about addiction, the more we will be able to help our loved ones’ and our society grow as a whole. The first choice to take an opiate cannot be the basis for judgment
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