Below is a video made by the FBI. It is about the opiate epidemic that is now plaguing our nation. Here is the Youtube description
Published on Feb 4, 2016
In an effort to combat the growing epidemic of prescription drug and heroin abuse, the FBI and DEA have released “Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict,” a documentary aimed at educating students and young adults about the dangers of addiction. More at http://www.fbi.gov/ChasingTheDragon
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As one might expect, parts of the video are so-so. The bigwigs have to have their say. There are the obligatory statistics, but the makers of the video clearly understand that talk from the bigwigs and statistics don’t make much of an impression. Therefore, the “stars” of the video are people entrapped by an addiction to opiates.
I got a DVD of film above from the church I attend. Because I am a news junkie and because I had talked to some of the guys at my church about the problem, I was curious, but the DVD just sat on my desk. Finally, I started to feel guilty. We were not suppose to grab the DVD if we did not intend to watch the video. Therefore, I grit my teeth and starting playing the video. Boring, but I had committed myself to watch it. Then it started to get interesting. By the end I was teary-eyed.
The foolish things we do! Young people think they are invincible. Old people know better, but how can we explain?
The people featured in the video are ordinary. They did not set out to be drug abusers or felons. In fact, many people get hooked on opiates these days just because doctors prescribe them as painkillers. To help those who get hooked, the police have to put them in jail.
So what makes the drug addicts in this film special? They admitted they have a serious problem, and they need help with it. Unfortunately, even the help we can give them is not really enough. So some of them succumbed to the horrible temptation again, and some of them overdosed.
Could it happen to you or someone you love? Yes. We are built to seek pleasure, and some people experience a powerful sensation of pleasure when they take opiates. If you don’t understand just how serious that is, watch the video.
What are we supposed to do about this problem? I am not certain. I just know I don’t want anyone I care about taking these drugs.