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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/ Don’t miss a WSJ video, subscribe here: http://bit.ly/14Q81Xy More from the Wall Street Journal: Visit WSJ.com: http://www.wsj.com Visit the WSJ Video Center: https://wsj.com/video On Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/wsj/videos/ On Twitter: https://twitter.com/WSJ On Snapchat: https://on.wsj.com/2ratjSM
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Live in the present moment (9 часов назад)
He’s trying to be black
Row Deo (13 часов назад)
I am not leaving a nasty comment. This is a disease period. Attitudes have changed. DEA in Pittsburgh has a program. Cops are carrying narcan in Phila. People do not want to see young people burried. Weed is not a gateway drug opiods are. What parent wants to bury a child. This is not a weakness, a fault, it is a brain captured by opiods. It is imperative that we understand this as a disease. I am all for catching the pushers. Just say no is a myth the drug war is a failure. Many police organizations are changing the way they think about those addictive. The brain is captured by the drugs the body is captured. Of course no one should start drug use but it is complicated. Withdrawal is agony. They treat cancer they need to treat addiction the same way and intensity. These are our youth our future.
Shawnee 40 (17 часов назад)
The epidemic has ruined it for chronic pain sufferers, So folks have pains that they have to live with for the rest of there life , and they turned away and treated like junkies. The war on opioids are helping abusers but driving other to think about killing themselves due to the chronic pain 😭
007 (18 часов назад)
Bet his wife is a stripper
Chelate Parrish (1 день назад)
Nobody cares about the children, parents or the family’s of the crack era And we all know why.
MondoBeno (1 день назад)
The parents and his wife are enabling him. They need to keep their jewelry and financial papers in a fireproof box, and keep the box hidden. He's already stolen his mother's jewelry next thing you know he'll forge papers and steal the house. Throw him out and change the locks.
John Smith (2 дня назад)
Build the wall and kill drug dealers instead of imprisoning them, problem solved
Hank Rutherford Hill (2 дня назад)
He sucks at writing raps like the patriots suck at not cheating
Olivia Piatt (3 дня назад)
I learned a long time ago to never let an addict in your house or give them money. But there’s a few people in my life, including my child that I would never give up on. Just like them.
J Rodrigues (3 дня назад)
lol these comments kill. me.. does nobody research before commenting.. yes no doubt the 80s crack epidemic has handled horribly and racist.. and the people were throw In jail left and right... but u need to realize majority majority of whites serving time for the last 20 years have been either for drug charges or violating parole from. any passed charge with a drug related offense... the only reason now that this issue is being handled different is because the number of deaths is out of control... more than tripled since than.. what we are seeing now makes the crack epidemic look like baby food.. this a PANDEMIC.. I'm of mixed ethnicity of Caribbean Hispanic and European decent.. I love all family and cultures equally(but love my west Indian food the best lol).. anyway I say that to say this.. I don't take any racist stance or have a. bias... I don't take away From her disgusting the USA is and was when handling the crack era of the 80s they were dead wrong for all that .but I don't take away from the families being torn apart from this situation now white or not... tons of Hispanic and other minorities are being affected... does race play apart of course it does.. this is amerikkka race plays a part in everything in the states and it will never change.. but the sheer if ignorance of ppl thinking the only reason this pandemic is being handled different is so boxed in and lame... and that the record breaking fatality rate isn't the number one reason u must be a simpleton at its worst..
J Rodrigues (3 дня назад)
I said it once and I'll say it again the deaths caused by addiction is more then cancer violence and and car accident combined
Steven Blake (3 дня назад)
This world is fucked!
TheKingeric11 (3 дня назад)
Shout out to Vermont and being smart with that pre charge program. So awesome to help addicts as opposed to just throwing them in jail to graduate as career criminals. Major credit given to that state.
BADAZZTHANG (4 дня назад)
Welcome to karma's world white america........get comfortable, you got a lot to get paid back for. lets start with your entrance to america and what you did to those that were already here them move on to black people. looking at the title of the video, lets just fast forward to the 80s and focus on that crack epidemic and remember what you said about those people.
Dom W (4 дня назад)
Only when this hits white america it’s a problem, do you research on the drug epidemic in NYC. Cracks have been roaming the streets since the 70s.
Evan K (5 дней назад)
Fools... doesn’t everyone understand that this isn’t white vs black? This is a war on the people from the government and the victory is money. It’s just the white people’s turn now.
April 🥀Rose (5 дней назад)
Do EVERYTHING u can to NOT take that first pill
ge st (6 дней назад)
Let me sum up 90% of the comments here for you... BLACK! WHITE! RACISM! YOU'RE WELCOME.
Targeted In Kansas City MO (6 дней назад)
No it is a meth addicting
Otoniel Cardona (7 дней назад)
White America have to thank Bush and his war on Afghanistan for the endless supply of opiod that are killing them.
THE VOICE (7 дней назад)
BOO FREAKIN HOO!!! It's funny how white people always show their horrible flaws in a sympathetic light, but when the crack epidemic hit the black community, they were seen as criminals!!! The opioid epidemic, some call it Karma, others say it's white peoples demonic chickens coming home to roost!!! I say it's you all reaping the evil you have sown for centuries!!!
Sarah (7 дней назад)
I wish so much that we could just talk about this openly, what this mom says about shame is so accurate. There are moments of intervention, but if it shrouded in shame it makes it impossible to have a break through. We are all capable of an imbalance in our lives. Just get to the bottom of it, and hold love for those in your family and friend circle. People around you will help.
maiacalafat1 (7 дней назад)
I know that this is about opioid epidemics, but @ 15:09 the boy needs help with his Math understanding/ homework as well.
Matt Mack (8 дней назад)
OPEN YOUR EYES YOU IDIOTS... THERE IS NO BLACK BROWN OR WHITE.. ITS US ITS AMERICA!! IT WAS SAD IN THE 80S AND ITS SAD NOW.... IT SO SAD, WE ARE LOSING A GENERATION.. WE NEED TO HELP EACH OTHER
THE VOICE (7 дней назад)
Matt Mack There was NEVER this kind of sympathy for black people during the crack epidemic! So you can keep all that colorblind BS!!!
Nicole Martin (8 дней назад)
Where is his job he selfish selfish
FlashOfLight (8 дней назад)
What happened to Todd? I was discouraged when WSJ said he lost his job due to a "disagreement". Folks need to suck it up with regards to disagreements with the boss and make sure rent is paid.
Bronek Arkadiusz (8 дней назад)
Pharmaceutical companies are at fault and doctors. Human beings dont need these drugs . We should have healthcare that offers massages physio therapy and everything should be covered . We pay so many taxes and the government and these corporations are killing us and making huge money in the process
Amnesia Haze (9 дней назад)
didn't the usa sign for a new opiod pharmaceutical that is like 500 times stronger than morphine ? fighting opioid crysis with getting a stronger opioid ? it will always end up on the black market ,very bad idea
Someone Somewhere (9 дней назад)
It is so sad to see innocent kids who pay the price for their parents’ deeds...no sympathy for these addicts!
Francis Mausley (9 дней назад)
Big Pharma's greed & medical care ignorance helped to cause people's misery... "Grant that they be freed from all defilement, and released from all addictions." "...that they may live pure and free,.." "rescue them, from this opium that bringeth on madness, suffer them to enjoy thesweet savours of holiness, that they may drink deep of the mystic cup of heavenly love and know the rapture of being drawn ever closer unto the Realm of the All-Glorious." ~ Baha'i Prayer
wittle one (9 дней назад)
It may start as a choice but it dont end in one , most addicts have a underline mental issue depression anxiety and at 1st they think the drugs help with the issue they think ive never felt better then they try to stop and there are sicker than they have ever been more depressed than ever so they use again and again because each come down is worse than the one before before they know it there using just to feel normal and there in a black hole and when some try to get help they can't get it in time or they cant afford it and then u have some that was prescribed it trusted the doc and then before they no it there in the black hole of addition point is instead of sitting there and judging makimg then feel worse cause believe me there already hating themselves let's figure out how to help them
IamSofia (10 дней назад)
A lot of things were handled badly in the 80's..take that into consideration, angry commenters.
THE VOICE (7 дней назад)
Iamsofia Just because a lot of things were mishandled in the 80's does not justify the obvious bias on how crack and opioid addicts are viewed demon!
STAR (10 дней назад)
i was addicted to opiates i took 5 60ds everyday a hand open the windows watch the sun rise then put the jug on for my first cuppa tea for the day then lay on my bed day and night i did use to put my sun glass's on and go for a walk when my legs felt like carrying me on the weekends friday saturday's id take 7 60ds i had the best times of my life on them they were that nice i felt so clear and relaxed i got hooked no longer on them just tackling the bottle now its the worst substance iv ever met the drink but im almost free some people just no how to stop sooner or later almost planed out before they start the one true drug that will be a god giving savour to me and its like a god so peaceful and loving is pot amen
Stanley Atkinson (11 дней назад)
3.5 years clean from heroin. All you need is weed!
Shawn Jerome (11 дней назад)
Just because they're not it doesn't make him a bad person so to you uneducated people get a clue that's all I'm going to bother saying
Eric Brooks (11 дней назад)
Die faster white devils!
Pixie Aeschliman (12 дней назад)
It's SO important to let the addicted know that it's the drug that you are turning your back to, shunning, loathing, kicking out, you didn't invite that monster into your home, or take that first hit. You can NOT allow this toxin in to damage the other members whom live there. If you buy a dozen eggs only to find one broken, Tiz but a fool, an imbecile that would toss out the ENTIRE dozen. They love YOU, they accept YOU to reside under your roof, leave that DEMON at the door!
NonGmo1 (13 дней назад)
In 2016 more than 64,000 Americans died from Opioid and Heroin over dose, in 2017 the number went UP to more than 74,000, more than 200 per DAY .The facts are, this is a white Americans addiction problem, I have NO sympathy what so ever,Blacks and Hispanics received Jail time, White addicts receive treatment. Because of this disparity and injustice, is the reason why whites are dying like flies from overdose, and will continue to do so.
An Lu (13 дней назад)
Pretty soon white opioid addicts are going to be seems as angels descending from heavens. There will be a campaign to adopt them, “ when you see a heroin addict give him a hug! White people are the devil man!
ffi1001 (14 дней назад)
I’m not sure how I feel about this
VAC2 (15 дней назад)
They need to stop focusing on the uneducated and homeless crowed and start showing the successful educated people who are abusing these drugs. A lot of people who are trapped in this addiction are not homeless and are not uneducated by only showing the homeless and uneducated people abusing this drug it makes it seems like its only a lower class drug or that you have to be stupid to be addicted to this stuff. I work in the technology field mostly with deep learning and database management and you would not believe the amount of people who are abusing opiates, most people in this field make well over 200k a year so this is not just a low income or education problem. *EDIT* This is in no way saying that these people do not matter but focusing only on them makes it seem like if your making a good living and have a nice house and family that your addiction is not a real addiction or harmful.
Fusion GPS Integrity (15 дней назад)
Rap...drugs....always a connection
steve b (16 дней назад)
It IS SELF "curing"!!!! Invest in casket makers people!!!!!
Rick Jones (18 дней назад)
Stupid marmalooke
Samria Amor (18 дней назад)
I feel so sad for the kids
The Uncanny Truth (18 дней назад)
Maybe the pharmaceutical companies should be shut down, maybe we need to be responsible human beings as well.
Sqrb3arスクエアクマ (20 дней назад)
Ya'll keep saying "Say NO to drugs" but most people don't even have the willpower to say no to many things. It's easy for you to say if you haven't been around this very environment where drugs are prevalent. Sure whites obviously have more resources for treatment, but the problem is that it isn't their fault - they didn't just wake up thinking "I'm going to be a drug addict!" Drugs and other sources of addiction stem from underlying problems that should be treated. Also, they can happen by pure accident like prescription or how I interviewed a psych patient - a new friend of hers didn't tell her that some cookies had drugs in them; she eventually got so addicted to the point she started prostitution. It's a tough cycle to break even with rehab. Ya'll comments are funny but seriously, these are real issues that can happen to ANYONE and not just with drugs.
goddess 986,000 (20 дней назад)
Get the 80s babies that watched there parents go down council them. It's crazy because the same kids in the 80s that was in the better areas these are they kids We tend to forget about universal laws
Emma Jones (23 дня назад)
Jehovah God promises that there will be no more pain or suffering read this in your bible at Revelation 21:4 for more information visit our website at JW.org and type in the word suffering.
nick281972 (25 дней назад)
I genuinely take no pleasure from the death and destruction opioids have caused within white family's and communities. However, there is a delicious irony here and also a colossal double standard and hypocrisy that make me sick down to the very pit of my being. And until white America can understand why black folks feel as they do about the opioid crisis there will always be injustice and division in the nation.
the realG (26 дней назад)
TOO BAD ITS MOSTLY WHITES . Nothing you do will save them. NATURAL SELECTION!
hxckara (26 дней назад)
These comments are insane. As a person raised in a very very multicultural neighborhood in the south side of Chicago, I have seen EVERY race become addicted to all kinds of drugs, I’ve lost many people that were very close to me, regardless of their skin color. The crack epidemic in the 80s was much different because in the 80s, drug users had no sympathy from anyone at all. Times has changed since it’s literally almost 40 years later and now drug addiction is seen in a different light. OF COURSE race plays a role as it does in everything. But you can’t just say that it’s being handled different solely due to the fact that the crack epidemic was primarily in black communities. The stigma of drugs has also changed very much since it’s literally 40 years later
Tom Jones (27 дней назад)
This kid needs to grow up. He is a mommas boy.
LiveLikeYouFly (27 дней назад)
I'll tell you why the war on opioids is happening. Its because drug manufacturers don't pay Government like Anhiser Bush does.
Joe McCurdy (27 дней назад)
Why is there all these race commoners on here this had nothing to do with that ppl saying crack was a black eapedimic is bulshit this is all
dM (28 дней назад)
Black people: white people deserve this!
toby Golding (28 дней назад)
addicts are weak and lazy black or white
toby Golding (28 дней назад)
MOTHER IS THE PROBLEM ENABLING HIM !!
Stassi Taylor (28 дней назад)
The Murphys are pushovers and enablers.
Alto's Music Lab (28 дней назад)
I quit with WEED, still quit, still liking the WEED
Trish Kidwell (29 дней назад)
NOT A RACE ISSUE!!! ITS AN ADDICTION LIKE ALCOHOLISM WHICH TOUCHES EVERY RACE!!!!!
Trish Kidwell (29 дней назад)
Now if theres a genuine need for them we cant get them. Government locked them up.
Dee Rosser (29 дней назад)
It’s always overly dramatic when it affects white americans
Dee Rosser (29 дней назад)
Opioids: the Real Gateway Drug.
Vincit Omnia Veritas (30 дней назад)
America's Manufactured Opioid Crisis - The Hidden History of The Heroin Pushers @
Melvin Barnes (1 месяц назад)
In the early 80s when crack was leash into the black community under the Ronald Reagan administration it devastated our community. This country did not care it didn't seek help for us the only thing this country did was filled the jail house in the United States with Black's. there's an old saying in the Bible you reap what you sow. That is why your own children is killing up their own classmates in schools, that's why your children is dying from Fentanyl, opioids because the way this country handled blacks people when the crack epidemic was in on community. There is no solution so sit back and enjoy the ride. Cause how this country treated black children in the 80s you just reaping what you people sow. God remember.
Crystal White (1 месяц назад)
http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?tab=2
Shaggy 419 (1 месяц назад)
People keep saying it killing whites now just like it was killing blacks with the crack epidemic.Its more of a situation where now its in the suburbs and higher class people aint us white peoples fault the black community is always in the lower class areas.
Siddharth Kumar (1 месяц назад)
White Americans insult us Indians by calling us dirty. Maybe our streets are dirty but our minds are pure, unlike the white devil mind addicted to drugs.
Mari Ansaldo (1 месяц назад)
I'm watching my in laws do the same thing right now. The daughter is 29 has never had a job for more than a month but for the most part she doesn't work. She's been too rehab 18 x and counting. She has stolen thousands of dollars from them. She's wrecked 3 cars and they still give her money almost every day. I get so angry at them. They might as well be her dealer. She will bleed whomever will let her dry. I won't let her in our house anymore. Neither do her other 2 sisters.
b2flyer1 (1 месяц назад)
I have NO sympathy for these addicts, they receive treatment However, during the Crack epidemic, Blacks and Hispanics received long prison sentences.If tax dollars are being used to give out free needles, than give out free Heroin, to help facilitate a speedy process of Elimination..
Jamie Hazenstab (1 месяц назад)
So sad that everyone is commenting this as being a “white “ thing ! Shame on you !!
MrChadwke (1 месяц назад)
White trash degenerates are getting what they asked for. Where's the problem?
terry ferguson (1 месяц назад)
Send all of God`s people spirits of God.Father I ask you to send to all of God`s people,the spirits of wisdom,counsel,knowledge,revelation,fear of the Lord,and the spirit of the Lord,power,love,sound mind,grace,peace,repentance,humility,and the spirit of adoption to lead them to the Lord,and the spirit of deliverance,to free them from the bondage they are in,in the mighty name of Jesus.Father i ask you to send out your angels to gather the missing pieces of the soul,minds,wills,emotions,of all of God`s people,and restore them to their rightful place in them,in the mighty name of Jesus.I pray for all of God`s people to receive with meekness,the engrafted word,that is able to save their souls in the mighty name of Jesus.Father I pray you grant the entire house of Israel,opened eyes and ears and understanding of heart,and grace to be converted and healed in the mighty name of Jesus.
terry ferguson (1 месяц назад)
Witches are taking out people`s souls and demons control the masses of bodies walking around posing as human beings.See the video The FRagmented soul by Win Worley.Drugs,alcohol,weed,opioids are demon spirits,bind them in the name of Jesus.
Debbee Coone (1 месяц назад)
This is awful. And to make matters worse chronic pain patients are being forced to suffer because some kids who think pain medications should be a recreational drug are abusing the meds that our aunties and grannys and mothers and fathers need.. the medication that our brothers and sisters need... this medication is meant to help people who actually suffer from chronic pain.. if you wanna get high smoke some pot... pot doesnt kill people.
TigerBelle StarrGirl (1 месяц назад)
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matt nelson (1 месяц назад)
Some horrendously racist comments in here.
cody hallford (1 месяц назад)
https://youtu.be/_eOnKB12d4w
cody hallford (1 месяц назад)
check this out
NonGmo1 (1 месяц назад)
In the 80's and 90';s black neighborhoods were flooded with crack.The answer was lock em all up, and throw away the key. The crack epidemic spawned the 3 strikes you're out law signed by Clinton. Fast forward to today, whites are mainly the victims of Opioid's. The solution, "we can't arrest this away" followed by Billions for treatment. Yes Black people were not only ignored, they were abused with jail time, and NO treatment.....a blind man could see this difference.I see this epidemic that is affecting mainly whites in this country, is KARMA.
Per Johansen (1 месяц назад)
Why do USA invade the biggest heroinproducer in the world (80%, Afghanistan) and protect the opiumproducers, and smugle heroin by CIA to the western world? Because someone wants your kids, for SRA abuse, via foster care! Wake up America! Your corrupt Deep State dont have your interest on their mind!
Faina Faina (1 месяц назад)
USA pays price for capitalism when business means more than human
Faina Faina (30 дней назад)
ha ha ha, you are zombie! Look on Scandinavian countries, on Israel, on Middle East arabic world there are almost no homeless.
Chris (30 дней назад)
Wow another intelligent one here guys. Unfortunately with out business there is no life. Somebody has to work and pay taxes so all this scum herpe blisters can get all the free government programs
conan Smith (1 месяц назад)
There really was not an epidemic until a lot of opioids were “reclassified” during Obama administration, a lot of people that use these opioids are older with a lot of pain in their bodies and they need these. This video reminds me of the old movie, “Reefer Madness” just a lot more subtle.
survivor030406 (1 месяц назад)
WSJ is promoting psychiatry in this video. In turn psychiatry creates drug addicts.. the fodder for WSJ to make videos like this to profit from.
Jake Dee (1 месяц назад)
It's shocking and sad to me to see the number of black Americans commenting here that white America deserves this crisis or they're happy it's happening as some sort of cosmic justice, do you really think black America will do better if white America does worse ? That's ignorant bitter resentment talking, or is it the only way you think blacks can “close the gaps” ?
Wa Ta (1 месяц назад)
little harry potter = future schools shooter
a w (1 месяц назад)
Nobody cared about blacks addicted to crack just like nobody cares about whites addicted to meth. It’s more about income, not color. Prescription pills are different because so many people who never thought they would be addicts become them simply from prescriptions they received from doctors. People with good jobs, families, nice houses became addicts who always said no to drugs from the street in the past.
TROLL KING (1 месяц назад)
HAHA HA HA HA HA EPIDEMIC ,THEY JUST KNOW THE AMERICAN DREAM IS A JOKE ,SO THEY TRY TO DRUG IT AWAY
20 Quak (1 месяц назад)
USA is really fucked up
Ryan Singrossi (1 месяц назад)
In the first 3 minutes when he's jumping around really struck home with me.... I remember when I would accidentally take a little too much heroin and all of a sudden you aren't able to swallow and breahting gets hard and all you can think of is to keep your heart going so you start pacing back and forth real fast or jumping up and down just to try and keep your cardio going. That's crazy/scary that his family caught that on camera.
Stop Saying Literally (1 месяц назад)
Even I have to admit white drug addicts are treated better than black drug addicts. By far.
SEAMAN- CHELSY (1 месяц назад)
I think white people should pick them selves up by the bootstraps and stop complaining!
Kate Hamilton (1 месяц назад)
HARM REDUCTIOM WORKS
whoo else (1 месяц назад)
For every last tactic this country has tried to sabotage the black population for centuries, its coming back to these folks much worser.
ebg323 (1 месяц назад)
Lock all they asses up and throw away the key give them hard sentences and let them rot in jail for being drug users. America has a severe double standard y'all turned an entire generation of black folks into criminals because of the same issue these white folks have but now it's an epidemic and we must save them gtfoh
Dax Inventor (1 месяц назад)
Unfortunately, Karma is always in effect. I do believe that we Americans are reaping what we have sewn in the past, as we abandoned our fellow Americans in the inner cities. We are our brothers keepers. Hopefully we all are learning this lesson as we watch and experience what is happening everywhere in America concerning this incredible epidemic we all now face.
Troy Stephens (1 месяц назад)
11-8=19 ? anybody checking that boys homework? 😁
A J (1 месяц назад)
No one puts a gun to anyone's head forcing them to take drugs. It's a choice that people make. I have little sympathy.
Devin Peirce (1 месяц назад)
Why are whites so miserable nowadays ? Why are they using so many drugs
tea marks (1 месяц назад)
Build more prisons and lock them all up like we do the blacks in this country.

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