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American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction

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In 2016, Wall Street Journal video journalists Robert Libetti and Adya Beasley chronicled the devastating impact of opioid abuse. This is the story of four families touched by the epidemic. Photo: Robert Libetti Subscribe to the WSJ channel here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Follow WSJ on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wsjvideo Follow WSJ on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+wsj/posts Follow WSJ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJvideo Follow WSJ on Instagram: http://instagram.com/wsj Follow WSJ on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/wsj/
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Zenny Rayati (9 часов назад)
I dont get it with these people, they push and demanded this guy to be "more" responsible, well he CAN'T!!! He's so high in addiction he cannot make decisions like normal people. Tough love won't work! Only 24 hous care and supervision can bring back a person from the brink.
Gigi Gigi (1 день назад)
What is not FAIR, is when someone makes the wrong choices in life and we who always makes good decision have to put up with, those losers....My mother is 80 years old and addicted to Antidepressants for 35 years, always giving us trouble. I am really surprise that she still alive, she takes lots of pills...She was not diagnosed with Depression, she thought she had then bought the pills over the counter...the rest is history...I hate her for that...she is evil narcissist.
Anya Santiago (1 день назад)
Not sayin he is!!! But knowing that he kept that bag in the house looks like he has other plans.... For sure!!!!he even said it!!
NaNa A.L.E. (1 день назад)
The reason this is so....amazing...is because in this white country, this white world, we see whites throw their lives away. This is their kingdom...AND THEIR KILLING THEMSELVES!!! With the crack epidemic whites mocked so called blacks, laughed and humiliated them in their state. But whites didn't wanna say that THEY were the cause, THEY put crack in the neighborhoods, THEY paid people to do so, THEY put African Americans in such a horrible state that they had nothing else to turn to...or so they thought. This is a country oppressing blacks so of course they'll run to things for comfort and reconciliation, they shouldn't, but they do. BUT WHITE PEOPLE... This is their country!!! This is their world!!! And they're KILLING THEMSELVES!!! You can't tell me that's God's justice. ALL PRAISES TO THE MOST HIGH!
Zack Jones (1 день назад)
Don't you know this junk can kill you ? Think about that if will power fades....You should be far more cautious than to be so risky.
Frugal Divas Life (1 день назад)
I wish I had a family like that!
Laura Henderson (1 день назад)
Horrid parents. Codependent. Should work on yourself. Only yourself.
Damion Scarberry (1 день назад)
I don't see why opiods exist when Kratom exist it has helped my family so much
Cheri White (2 дня назад)
When it was black people on crack and cocaine they threw them in jail without any treatment or counseling. Treat them the same way. Equal opportunity.
Mike Czenkus (2 дня назад)
Bunch of racist cunts in these comments
Niki Reynolds (2 дня назад)
Thanks for the help DAD. Asshole
MAC THE SLOVAC (2 дня назад)
long dong silvers (2 дня назад)
i have zero sympathy for junkies. You made the choice to shoot up. You made your bed now lay in it. How dare these dope heads destroy there families.
Rhoda Brands (2 дня назад)
So sad about the kids suffering i mean everything is sad but they are innocent victims
Lydia Hernandez (2 дня назад)
very sad video.i pray for a better life for them
mkera100 (3 дня назад)
he has an awesome family helping him out the way they are i hope he gets well
Marianne Naughton (3 дня назад)
Keep saving lives
stnicholas54 (3 дня назад)
He's a child and he'll go on and on acting like a child.
skipney (3 дня назад)
And people say white privilege doesn't exist .... This is a CLEAR example of white privilege! Not saying they shouldn't get help, but it's just a double standard.
foxy the lord 12 (4 дня назад)
looks like a lazy white boy
Lisa Sanders (4 дня назад)
All these comments....and white people are supposed to be the racists? 🖕
Sutton Xpressions (4 дня назад)
I feel for this addicts, I really do, but they are ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN THEIR OWN DEMISE! Is somebody holding a GUN to their heads to put the needles in their arms??? They have to take accountability for their OWN actions! Addiction is NOT a disease where you've had since birth or you get later in life through no fault of your own. Addiction is a CHOICE! You CHOOSE to get high. You KNEW the risks BEFORE you took the drugs, addicts and their enablers need to OWN IT! Stop making it seem like addiction is something you can CATCH like the flu--you have to CHOOSE to get high. My father has had 2 back surgeries since 1990 and now has a THIRD herniated disc and needs another surgery but thought better of it because of his age. The risks were too great. He has pain EVERY DAY OF HIS LIFE since, yet he DOESN'T take painkillers BECAUSE HE DIDN'T AND DOESN'T WANT TO BECOME AN ADDICT. He finds other ways to deal with his pain, so it's something people can live with, so I don't buy that you HAVE to have opioids to function due to the pain. I'm sorry, but I'm just being honest.
P J (4 дня назад)
Not all white people are racist. I wasn’t born until 1993, so I can’t comment on the 80’s epidemic, but I’m seeing a lot of hate from the black community. You can’t group us all into one category, because a lot of us are on your side.
dalia Rodriguez (5 дней назад)
Some say that “in the 80’s black ppl went through the same thing and they were called crackheads and now majority of users are white and it’s now an American opioid epidemic” I think it’s true but the bigger problem is the big corporate pharmaceutical companies that give ppl pain killers for any reason. Just imagine a HS athlete that’s breaks his/her leg in sports and is given right away the highest dosage of pain killers and are not taught to cope with a bit of pain. Also when I had gave birth naturally I was given a very high dosage of pain killers after the delivery and every so often I had a nurse come in and say “ready for your meds” until I told my nurse I wanted to lowest stuff for pain there was bc I didn’t want my body to not know what the pain was like and be once I would get home it would hit me and she said okay and gave me some over the counter stuff. Then by law they had to prescribe this very high high pain killers just in case I wanted them. I never picked them up BUT it’s the corporate pharmacy that gets ppl hooked on this mess. A HS is not smart enough to say oh no thank you I’m Afraid to get hooked on this stuff
Denise Vasquez Lemrick (6 дней назад)
This MOTHER is a very big part of this guys problem....
Sofia Almeida (6 дней назад)
One questions regarding all the comments: when you refer to “whites” you are also talking about Europeans? Or just white Americans? We weren’t apart of any big liberal conspiracy on African Americans during the 80s... are we still to blame? Just a thought... and if I’m white Am I automatically a bad person? What if I’m half white half black? Am I half bad? What if I never did anything to anyone or wasn’t even alive in the 80s, is it still my fault? Where do we draw the line? When can you stop seeing the color of my skin as a problem? (These are all questions I really have, lots of love to all and sorry for any typing mistakes)
zack james (6 дней назад)
Boo hoo I used to do drugs now I have a ps4 new timbs a half decent looking wife Sony headphone new beanies 😓🤤 hard life
white guy (6 дней назад)
Don’t worry. They built a hospital in Israel. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/magazine/amp/story/2017/12/28/raymond-sackler-obituary-216185
Dude Winning (7 дней назад)
I don't understand how smokers can manage having a lit flame that close to their face nor do I understand how heroin addicts can shoot hot acid into their veins. I'm addicted to safety and it has nothing to do with race its just a mortal thing.
Amanda Vasi (7 дней назад)
Lets make it clear there are plenty of blacks shooting up. They are dying to. This is not just a white epidemic!!!!! Jesus loves us all addict or not. Everyone has value!
Jennifer Mann (7 дней назад)
Why the milk jugs full of vomit?
Robyn Weber (8 дней назад)
So many racial comments. Addiction transcends race, gender and class. We all suffer and no one is immune.
Savage king Entertainment TV (8 дней назад)
There will always be drugs, drug users an drug dealers u can put them in all the rehab u want but at the end of the day the choice is there's now white people are start to realize that they are cattle like everybody else we all waiting to be slaughtered but there is something brewing that will force all of to come together an that's the new world order prepare✌🏿😭
TheProgressive conservative (8 дней назад)
Everyone calling this a white problem, care to explain why my black brother in law and his entire family are herion junkies that started with hydrocodone?
nifepartie (8 дней назад)
Anyone who blames a black persons crack addiction on anyone but the addict is naive, ignorant, misinformed and in denial. Oh lets not forget hypocrit since a white persons opiate addiction is only their fault, but a blacks crack addiction is someone elses fault.
Raphael Johnson (8 дней назад)
There's a "War on Drugs" being fought since 1988 or so. But is this really a war? When the Marines landed on Iwo Jima in 1945, did each Japanese soldier receive a lawyer or trial before he was shot? Why can the Japanese be slaughtered without mercy but drug dealers require a lengthy and expensive legal process? And the Japanese grunts were drafted. They committed no crime. What war is fought like that? Can you expect victory when a war is fought like that? Of course, I'm asking about dealers and their "soldiers", not addicts. So there's no "War on Drugs." Prison sentences have been lengthened. More money has been dedicated to enforcement. That's about it. How can anyone say the "War on Drugs" is a failure when it's obviously not a war? Why was slaughtering Confederate soldiers during the Civil War be acceptable but drug dealers get legal protections? What's the difference?
EDWARD SNOWDEN (9 дней назад)
I have never met a person who quit heroin, the movie "Candy" makes two points, "you can stop but don't want to then you want to stop but can't" "For every ten years of a junkies life 7 is spent waiting" withdrawal pain is second to none, If you have loved ones that's addicts, never push them as they will go underground in more ways than one, support them as they really need support
EDWARD SNOWDEN (9 дней назад)
Another problem is "doctors" they give you a prescription that helps then they abruptly stop it leaving you with no option but hunting down street dealers, and the worse part is, they are still getting the medication in your name, if you get access to your medical file without alerting the doctor (which in most cases impossible) you will be shocked by the medication prescribed in your name, I would say 80% if not higher doctors are popping oxy-contine, Corine and morphine with fake injuries, broken ankle, arm leg etc
Annamaria Petrovic (9 дней назад)
what problems do you have?!?!?!?! what does it matter if they're white or black? I HATE racism.
uncle ankie (10 дней назад)
this is serious ..all you idiots making jokes about it making it a black and white issue...well it's destroying our family's our communities ..and hopefully not our COUNTRY....GOD HELP US..
first last (10 дней назад)
are these drug addicted savages going to get LIFE in prison like the black crackheads or nah?
babe brown (11 дней назад)
How can people be mad at the addicts when it’s a drug that stems from doctors It’s not kilos of heroin across the border- it’s doctors not following patients lives, dealing out drugs while getting a kickback The new legal drug dealers
babe brown (11 дней назад)
Where’s dad?
myworldview (11 дней назад)
opioids are far more dangerous than crack...hence the crisis...people are overdosing and dying...not a race thing
james mueller (11 дней назад)
I guess we learned a thing or two, about drugs, in the last 30 to 40 years ,,, i knew a lot of whites who went to jail, for drugs ,,, ( including me, pot, ) how do stupid , racist people still live in this day and age ,,, it isn't the government , it isn't whitey , it isn't asians , it isn't mexicans ,,, it is a personal decision,,, i know lots of blacks who didn't do crack ,,, and some whites who did ,,, this isn't the time or place to spew your hatred ,,,
Apathy (11 дней назад)
Remember not to blame an entire race
Shichen Wang (12 дней назад)
8+19 = 11, 11 - 8 = 19. What is with this kid about number 19??
Nicole Blackshear (12 дней назад)
The frustration from some of the other commentators comes from the the fact that, Compassion, understanding and rehabilitation don’t ever seem to be the route we take until it affects the White community. Addiction is scary and it doesn’t discriminate, the difference in successful rehabilitation weighs heavily on the resources available. As a country we should want to help, not label, segregate and dispense assistance only to those we deem worthy. Same problem, same resources, same compassion... no matter what color.
Michelle Longley (12 дней назад)
Its a real shame that nobody even noticed all of the similarities between this current opiate crisis and the crack crisis back in the 80's. 😯😟😕
Eric Burbeck (13 дней назад)
Such lack of compassion in the comments - just because one group of people got it bad in the past (black crack users) doesn't change the way you should treat people in a bad situation now.
Russada (13 дней назад)
We know black people weren't treated the same but with most people it dosen't effect you until it hits close to home. Now that addiction has crossed all borders they know that the war on drugs wasn't the correct way to do things but sadly USA was built on racism and it will always be deep rooted race issues.
Joe (13 дней назад)
Why American people loves drugs so much?
Joe (13 дней назад)
Is this a results of Free Enterprise?
Eric Burbeck (13 дней назад)
I'm pretty sure that very few Americans "love" drugs, it's more that addiction has become widespread due to prescription medications not being controlled properly. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find people that actively sought out Opioids prior to addiction, and with the only reason being that they "love" them. Basically, it's a pretty complex issue to which you do a massive injustice by making the simple assumption that it's because "Americans love drugs".
Jane Doe (14 дней назад)
What’s sad is those of us who suffer from real chronic pain every single waking morning are too scared to go see a doctor to get help. Then if a real pain patient does have the guts to see a doctor we only get offered junkie treatment medication. How is this fair?!
katie dougherty (18 дней назад)
yeah just blame these parents for the crack epidemic because they are white...logical... praying for anyone suffering from addiction and their families<3 had to hold back tears when ben was talking about his "other daddy" ='[
Keavion (19 дней назад)
White people can't stand hard times the kill there whole family and the dog,cat gold fish when they lose everything.
MKE Dan (19 дней назад)
Not buying it, "there is no such thing as addiction, there's just stuff you like doing more than life itself", comedian/social commentator/drug user Doug Stanhope.
mylovofvideo (20 дней назад)
A drug problem is a drug problem. Anybody could become an addict regardless of their economic status, skin color, religion, heritage.... What it fails to address ..what's happening on our society that makes using so enticing??? We need a documentary that addresses the social problems that make an individual more likely. Until we do this nightmare will continue. Condolences to all who lost a loved one💔
FreeGuwop (21 день назад)
Respect also for the last dude
FreeGuwop (21 день назад)
Where are the comments from drug dealers or something interesting?
nethater (22 дня назад)
Ah....make Americans great again. Right after “I take this white heroin.”
devohnmitchell (22 дня назад)
True Equality is this.. if Black American received No sympathy as crack addicts and were given harsh prison sentences for drug offenses then the same should hold true for White America.
devohnmitchell (12 дней назад)
Eric Burbeck White America is reaping the seeds they sewed to destroy black people when the government pumped Crack into the black community. FACTS..
Eric Burbeck (13 дней назад)
how does injustice for people today do anything to correct injustice perpetrated in the past?
Maple Cookies (23 дня назад)
Fentanyl comes from china !
IsBreadLife? (24 дня назад)
The comments under this video are disgusting. This whole revenge sentiment is stupid. The US-Governement handled the situation completely wrong in the 80's and people in this comment section want the Governement to do the same mistakes again just because the most of the addicts are white this time.
victor soto (24 дня назад)
I suggest that Mexico is getting back at Trump by exporting MORE drugs into the US.
L G (24 дня назад)
They need a war on Opioids. Get this junk off the streets. Drugs have no race all colors die from it and nobody but evil people benefit. Go to the south and you'll see white people that have a severe addiction, go to New York now in this day and age and you will see black people with the same issue...addicted to Opioids. The moment we see clear and not color is the moment we will be the strongest
El Chuey Montirez (24 дня назад)
Funny all the ignorant comments from black folks dont realize opiate addiction is skyrocketing in black folks https://www.npr.org/2018/03/08/579193399/the-opioid-crisis-frightening-jump-to-black-urban-areas
whoo else (24 дня назад)
El Chuey Montirez us black folks already know we got some opioid fiends too but the numbers compared to white folks is like night & day.
Cherry Blossom Happiness (26 дней назад)
Wow they had me at "Not a stick of food and milk jugs filled with vomit". I mean how just absolutely horrific.
STFU Idiot (26 дней назад)
Sarah Newell (27 дней назад)
Some of these comments are enough to drive you to drugs!, Opioids don't care if you're black or white and neither should we!
Iznaga1420 (27 дней назад)
My favorite interviewee was the last one. The ambivalence is very scary. They want to stay sober but at the same time know that the first and last thing on their mind is getting wasted. If they get high, they can numb themselves to all the consequences of their actions while keeping the euphoria going... temporarily. The families are ambivalent when it comes to clinging to hope and giving support to just severing themselves off from them just to get some peace. I don't know if there is a solution to addiction. Success rates for interventions are pretty grim. I suppose it's a wonder there aren't more addicts considering how powerful these substances are. Everyone who isn't an addict should consider themselves very fortunate.
Quellbrunn (28 дней назад)
People who are dumb enough to use Fentanyl to get high get no sympathy from me If you die because of your own stupidity it's better for the gene pool
Daniyel Yah (28 дней назад)
Its funny, but when cocaine was dumped in black neighborhoods, all the government did was throw people ln jail, now it's happening to white folks and they're building treatment centers nationwide. Same old story!
Dennis Pearson (28 дней назад)
Frank Castle (28 дней назад)
Moral of the story DON'T DO DRUGS....!
TheLavish99 (29 дней назад)
Here's how to put an end to all this with two words: ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE.
Atlantis Returning (29 дней назад)
My other Daddy so sad. Stop what you're doing you drug people! You're ruining everything that's good in the world.
Aaron from England (1 месяц назад)
Send the troops into Mexico i say they won’t know what hit them.
steve b (1 месяц назад)
The NATION doesn't struggle, ONLY the STUPID do!!!
mgcreative (1 месяц назад)
tf happened in the comments??
Yelirhs Sewns (1 месяц назад)
It’s love it’s love it’s love that makes the world go round!!! And I love and wish everyone the best!!
BOONIQUE (1 месяц назад)
American" epidemic really means "white" epidemic.. This country loves pinning negative headlines on specific ethnic groups.. You can always tell when something is a "white" people problem because then it's called an "American" problem to preserve their image. The only people that are simply called "American" are "white" people.
Mary (1 месяц назад)
Why don’t people just stop getting addicted to drugs?
Mary (1 месяц назад)
If it were A young Black man talking about his addiction police would have been called moments later after they filmed the video.
Andres Franco (1 месяц назад)
spoiled brat.....disgusting to take $200,000 from his stupid family. He is disgusting to be honest.
EA 333 (1 месяц назад)
It's crazy how everything is made into a (nonexistent) racial issue nowadays. America is really doomed... on the brink of a civil war.
DocMc Stuffins (1 месяц назад)
I say let them go to jail, ruin their lives, kill each other and their families. Who cares? Not me. The nation didn't care when it was Black people in crisis so now I don't care about the Whites.
Country Girl (1 месяц назад)
Some people struggle with chronic pain. We take our medication the right way. Abusing it ruins it for those who truely need it. Cancer patients are not allowed to even get help any longer. Get help through methadone!
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NSANE ONE (1 месяц назад)
the enablers are the problem! from an x addict
Travis Rabble (1 месяц назад)
50 times more powerful than heroin?? Whooa! Sign me up!
Eric P (1 месяц назад)
Go after the Sackler family, the ones that started this crisis.
Shante Vega (1 месяц назад)
Really people?! I'm disgusted by these comments! Race is the only thing you guys get out it?! Addiction is a serious issue and Herion is a major epidemic rn doesn't matter the color of skin it can effect anyone! Grow up for Christ Sake
LLIP DER (1 месяц назад)
Rule #1 tough love does nothing for opiate addiction , but aggravate.The only answer smoke pot take Kratom for 4 mo. Cant even think about any kind of work for atleast 3 mo Also just gotta do your own thing do not associate with anybody 0.
Saul Val (1 месяц назад)
Native Americans warned you all about this epidemic.
Garth Stewart (1 месяц назад)
__ SidImightbe (1 месяц назад)
Flat billed hats were the worst thing to happen to the white race since the plague why tf do we still wear those 🙄
Georganne Collett (1 месяц назад)
if youre struggling with ANY kind of addiction and are TRULY ready to stop for good, contact the Primary Purpose Group of Alcoholics in Dallas Texas.....even if alcohol isnt the problem they will put you in contact with people who are recovered..truly RECOVERED from your problem.....this is not going to go away by you being 'stronger" somehow....its following a differebt set of directions....and very QUICKLY that makes the difference....if you google PPGAA Dallas texas...email them...believe me..itll be life- changing for you
Cyclash Bot (1 месяц назад)
30:10 good for you guy good attitude
Makayla Eberly (1 месяц назад)
The joey guy has a baby face
AJ Garcia (1 месяц назад)
for those saying lock em up. you can get drugs the same if not more in jail and prison. the solution is finding the underlying problem and work on controlling and getting over that.
Gryphon S. (1 месяц назад)
Remember when Trump put a 24 year old campaign worker in charge of the opiate epidemic and he had to be fired for fudging his resume? Yeah, Trump does not care about opiate addicts...

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