DRUGS is a word I did not want to include in SIGHT WORDS. And it is not one I want to write about now. It is depressing and not the way to start a new week. But it is real, so here it is.
I had to include this word in the book and the 100 Day Challenge because drugs is one of the four or five things on which we can place the blame for ripping apart the fabric of our society.
The amount of money spent annually in the United States on the war on drugs is more than $51 BILLION dollars.
A 2015 survey showed that 1 in 12 Americans needed some form of substance use treatment. Only 11 percent of them received the treatment.
We have the highest incarceration rate in the world for drug offenses — 2,224,400 (1 in every 111 adults) in federal, state and locals prisons and jails.
More than 1,000 people die each week from a drug overdose. Drugs are the leading cause of accidental death in this country.
It took 50 years for the rate of heart disease to double. It took drug deaths a fraction of that. Heroin-related deaths increased 439 percent from 1999 to 2014. It tripled in five years and quintupled in 10 years.
Prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.
Opioids, prescription and illicit, are the rage now. It is a crisis.
The rise seems to coincide with Americans’ increasing use of stuff like illicit fentanyl, a drug that is often given to cancer patients. It is 100 times as strong as morphine.
You can manipulate statistics in a lot of ways, but there is no getting around this — drug abuse is destroying lives and families.
Today’s Winning Thought: Now, I am going to get real personal, and I am not going to apologize for it. If you are battling an addiction, PLEASE get help TODAY. If you know someone who is fighting it, get them help. Talk to your kids. This is a war, a battle that must be won, and I am not sure we are winning it.