What should be the most efficient way by which drug usage, addiction and overdose can be fought in the US?
I’ve read, listened to and seen several scholars talk about the fight against drug addiction or illegal usage thereof. But not so many ever get to the actual cause of overdose, or how this habit begins in any person.
In my experience, very few people get started onto the journey towards addiction for recreational purposes. I agree such people exist, but a substantial number of people do this due to several challenges they face whose remedy at the time is only seen through usage of certain drugs.
Such challenges in life include severe unbearable pain (could be due to many reasons, ranging from injuries to diseases), psychological distress, emotional and relationship based agonies, etc. In my point of view, I think the best fight against drugs is to identify a better alternative to these pains or challenges of life, readily provide it to people, and we’ll have reduced the rate at which drugs are being misused. For instance, what kind of alternatives can we have for people against pain rather than pain relief medication, against psychological breaks, rather than getting high? I honestly believe this could be the best way.
Things I can check off my list that can act as alternatives (of course a high self-discipline and self-control coupled with perseverance and long suffering are the best protective habits anyone can have but these sound more ideological than doable for certain kinds of people and pains in question). So I thought:
- How about spiritual help. I found comfort and piece here (but by the time they found me, I was already addicted to the drugs so they also helped me get help medically) but the perseverance and level of discipline impacted here can help prevent someone from falling victim).
- Ban pain relieving drugs that have an addictive effect, and offer natural pain relieving tools. These could be safe herbal medicine, or edible plant material such as curcumin.
- Cryotherapy: It is said that sudden and intense cold exposure makes you release cold-shock proteins, a special class of proteins that decrease inflammation and speed up recovery. To get the benefits of cold therapy, you can take an ice bath or use a cryotherapy chamber, like the one at Bulletproof Labs. Cryotherapy’s benefits go far beyond inflammation, too.
I believe this way, the problem can be tackled from its roots, rather than fighting the fruits after someone is already under the influence. This is what I think anyway, what do you think? Thank you.
I mean, banning pain relievers is not going to happen. States are looking into legalizing more dangerous staff than combating them. Thinking they will one day ban the pain relief drugs is wishful thinking at its best. Don’t get me wrong, I respect and believe your suggestions are the best course of action, but unless you have ideas on how to change current politics and the leaders’ hearts and minds, we are in for a long ride 🙁
I agree with Jupiter386. Banning pain relievers will never happen, at least not anytime soon. On top of everything you said, you guys forgot to mention the lobby of “big pharma” making hundreds of millions of $ with pushing more and more pain reliever prescriptions. Also, there is a huge increase nationwide in heroin consumption. I think that even if you suppress on drug, addicts will quickly replace it with another drug. Look at the synthetic drug Fentanyl coming from China and killing more and more people. It is so sad !
Indeed sad. On the other hand, I agree with JCarter, no one will get us out of our own troubles but ourselves. If people go out of their way to express their concerns and advocate for a better way of life, I think then nothing can hold back change. Change comes with pain and a lot of discouragement along the way, and sticking with the advocacy for change in drug abuse I believe is worth any resistances we can face along the way. Jcarter, and the others, let’s keep the struggle going!