“I was literally in love with OxyContin. At first it was fun to get messed up, and then I had to,” said Emerson, who lives off a muddy dirt road. “I didn’t have any sober friends. You surround yourself with users. You don’t want to feel out of place, I guess.”
But at that price, a habit that cost hundreds of dollars a day became difficult to sustain. And then pharmaceutical manufacturers repackaged drugs such as OxyContin, which users previously had crushed into powder and snorted, to make them harder to abuse.
Enter heroin, an opiate with a vastly cheaper price….
Such giveaways may have saved more than 10,000 lives since the first program was started in 1996 in Chicago, according to a survey by the Harm Reduction Coalition, a national group that works to reduce the consequences of drug use.
Opponents say that making the antidote so easily available is an accommodation to drug use that could make addicts less likely to seek treatment.
OK…most of my readers know more about this issue than the so-called “authorities.” What do you think? Will making it available to addicts and their families make folks more likely to get high? I say horsefeathers!
Please read the article before you comment. I’d like to get some reasoned thoughts here, not just knee-jerk reactions.