The Opioid Epidemic – It’s Not Just for the Homeless

Gone are the days were addicts were primarily homeless in cities, dirty and shooting up in alleys.  Now they are young and old people in very nice neighborhoods, highly educated and affluent white collar executives, middle-class working people and even doctors and nurses.

We have become a country of pill poppers and it’s showing in the number of opioid related deaths on the rise.

If you suspect someone you know is addicted to opioids, you need to listen to this podcast.

Drug Addiction is not Discriminatory

Drug addicts are sometimes stereotyped as poor, homeless or only teens.

While morals may be an issue in that addicts make decisions that are questionable as regards morals, it doesn’t matter what someone’s income level is, their education level, their intelligence or their religion – they can become addicted to drugs.

There is no class, age, religion, political leaning or familial ties that define person addicted to drugs. White collar, blue collar, employed or not, drug addiction can touch anyone. And opioids have exacerbated the problem.

Saying No to Drugs – Are you Educating your Kids?

If there’s one conversion you have to have with your children it is about drugs.  It is about the prevalence of drugs in our society and that it’s not enough to avoid the man on the street corner selling cocaine and heroin.  You have to NOT take the highly addictive pain killers and anti-depressants and mood enhancers prescribed by your friendly family doctor.

People are walking out of the dentist’s office with prescriptions for Oxycontin, a highly addictive opioid.  People don’t start with heroin.  They start out with pain killers or pot or alcohol and when the pain killers don’t do the job, they move on to heroin.  It is a growing epidemic in our country and across the planet but you have to educate your kids on the dangers of drugs and why to avoid them.

Do you know what a drug is?  Can you explain it to your child?

If you have even a hint of a doubt, listen to this podcast.