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
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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.
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 😭
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.
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..
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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” ?
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.
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.
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
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.
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