Johnna Stahl · Albuquerque, New Mexico
Opioids, by themselves, do not usually cause death. It’s using legal and illegal opioids with drugs like alcohol and benzodiazepines that can cause the heart to stop. Of course, people who are forced into the underground drug market are also at risk for adulterated drugs.
And while certain agencies blame drug addiction on the drugs themselves, the real experts have come to understand that this theory is outdated and incorrect. The war on drugs can continue to demonize certain drugs — like cannabis and opioids — but users know the truth. Because of that, the opioid war will have the same disastrous consequences as the war against bud — only this time, the victims will be mostly white people.
The causation is rooted in the War on Drugs. These deaths do not have to occur, and everyone who perpetuates the War on Drugs is culpable. But don’t take my word for it. Educate yourself. Watching this TED talk by Carl Hart is an excellent way to start...