Many people are addicted to prescription drugs and part of the reasons are the doctors who prescribe the drugs to them maybe after an accident or to relieve pain after surgery. Some people cannot stop using the drug once they start because of the chemical in the drug. In the past, the drugs which the doctors gave to the patients were not that addictive. Also in this century, people are under a lot of stress and the drugs help them to function as best as they can. Another theory is the government used drug problem as a way to create racism and increase incarceration of so many black people. Some of the drugs are from other countries and yes the government took down many drug lords and the distribution still continue. Wheelock, Uggen, (2006)
Heroin is less expensive than painkillers, therefore, people who need painkillers and cannot afford them switch to heroin. The people who use heroin have problem mentally and they go to the emergency room very often because they used one drug or the other. They are most likely to overdose and get the HIV disease. When addicts use heroin and prescription opiates is a sign of other problems and the result can be deadly. Scutti, (2015)
There are about 2.1 million inmates which are the rate of 726 per 100,000 in the population compared to 210,000 in 1974. Most of the men in jails are blacks American. The ratio of male in prison is approximately 47% are Blacks, 33% Whites, and 17% Hispanics, with only 13% black in general population it shows the mass discrimination of black because 47% of black are in jail. Society uses drug problem to incarcerate most of the black men in the United States which make the black families remain at the poverty level. After black men paid for their crimes whether it was a crime such as one full cigarette with marijuana or other drugs, they will pay for their crimes for the rest of their lives. They will not be able to get some jobs, they can get food stamps and they may not be able to get a place to live.
In our society drug addiction is treated as a crime when it concerns black people and a medical issue at times for white people. In my opinion, it should be treated as a medical issue because people get hook on the drugs and they have to find ways to get back in their system. One solution is for black Americans to stop classify themselves as African Americans, think about it the white does not say they are white Americans. People are either white, black, brown, yellow and so on. When a person was born in Jamaica or other countries the person is Jamaicans, Italians, French, Australians.
The best course of action is to make sure that doctors do not prescribe high doses of drugs which can be addictive. Also, have the pharmaceuticals need to be held accountable to invent better drugs.
Whites, middle/ upper-class people, and women have more money to purchase drugs so they become more addictive. They lost they live from drug overdose and they destroy their family lives. Some would go in and out of low-security jail and until the family sends them to the right treatment facilities, they would not get better. The epidemic is very detrimental for the people who are related to the person with drug addiction in our society.
In the mid 80’s crack was a major reason for crime and violence in the black communities, however, thirty years later the epidemic of drug addiction is among young white adults. The responses toward the whites are different, police officers make sure they are alive and get people into rehab, so now society cares about addicts because of the white people. Ekow N. Yankah, (2016)
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