Opioid addiction is an ongoing problem in this nation and has reached a point where it has been declared a national health alert. I have had a lot of friends and personal family fall victim to addiction. Specifically my best friend to Heroin addiction, which also cost my cousin his life.
I think that bringing awareness to family and friends of this is one of the best ways to combat the ongoing crisis. The most effective way that I have been able to reach or gain an understanding of how to help was by just being there and asking. Asking better questions is a good way to get effective results. People have demonized the crisis and persecuted the people using as something criminal, when ultimately addicts just use the drugs. The only criminal thing they are doing is killing their own bodies.
My hope is that we are able to educate families and friends of those being affected by opioid addiction in order to combat the rise of opioid related overdoses. We may never be able to stop it but I feel like we would be able to prevent or at least decrease the total.