Looking out the window with clear eyes, there’s a heaviness accompanied by the breeze as the mind shifts to the opioid epidemic thriving in our suffering nation. Our country is in the throes of a nasty opiate-related crisis that feeds off of alcoholic thinking. This crisis has a supply and demand that seems to be ever growing and ever knowing despite the ugly ramifications building up.
Despite the deaths amalgamating, despite the persons incarcerated, despite addiction ruling, despite every ugly detail trailed behind the death pushing pharmaceutical companies- it is never appropriate to give up hope entirely. Life tends to manifest the most unpredictable situations in the timeline of good versus evil. That’s why regardless of the current events in the world of addiction, we can still applaud the dents being made. It is only when we stand together in reinforced positivity that the good will prevail over the evils of addiction.
These evils are stopped in their tracks when busts like the one Tuesday night in Pleasant Ridge are fortunate enough to occur. Federal agents and Cincinnati police served a warrant the other night that seized up to 21 pounds of heroin/fentanyl mixture. A local man by the name of Anthony Penny was arrested with believed Mexican Cartel connections as his death-defying stash of narcotics was collected. There is a soft assurance instilled. Action is being taken.
1 Busted, Many Disgusted
In this world of addiction, it’s pleasant to say there is still a lot of good done for the home team. Although 2017 has brought a lot of death and misfortune, the year hasn’t been a complete loss as far as the battle for recovery goes. There has been a slew of narcotics busts along with the increased creation of addiction treatment services that are attempting to turn the tide. We can’t forget the new laws passed by the DEA or pharmaceutical restrictions that specific pharmacies are beginning to uphold either.
The DEA at the end of 2016 took measures to limit the number of painkillers allowed to be manufactured in 2017 by 25%. Seeing as there are many different variations of painkiller, the DEA has made sure to enlist that morphine, hydromorphone, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and mainly fentanyl to that list of Most Wanted narcotics. Public enemy number 1(fentanyl) is the main culprit for the shockingly high number of deaths and rising overdoses that continue to happen every month. Fentanyl has been one of the strongest forms of painkiller that is seen hypnotizing the streets in this opioid-induced euphoria throughout 2017. Heroin dealers cut their dope with it because of it’s strong Belushi/Farley like effects.
Where Are You?
Addiction is this beast of a disease that poisons all healthy and rational thinking as it focuses on killing the person with it. Addiction is something that will never disappear entirely but at the same time is something that can be halted if the right measures are taken. In this current scenario focused on the opioid crisis there are three teams:
- Those Pushing the Opioids
- Those Preventing the Opioids
- The Addicts/Alcoholics
Each one of these teams plays a vital part in this epidemic spawning equation. There is no winning or losing teams necessarily, but there are wins and losses that are accumulated over time. This year has brought about a chemical stalemate that everybody is waiting for to die down. Busts like Anthony Penny and the $1 million worth of opioids seized is how progress is formed. Police Chief Eliot Isaac even commented on the same matter suggesting that law enforcement is aware of the frustrations of the people not seeing this epidemic slowed down quick enough. He made it clear to point out that nothing happens overnight. It is the continued effort of actions like this that will change everything over a bunch of nights.
Trying to not wind up as another statistic can be tougher than it sounds for some. The reality of this disease as that since it does not go away, it is up to us to muffle that devil pacing from shoulder to shoulder. The voice of alcoholic thinking will take away all reason as it pushes us toward a destiny similar to that of Mr. Penny. Addiction is often the founder of greed and corruption as it ties so heavily to money with its supply and demand. Without recovery, many chemically dependent people are doomed for opiate-related problems that might show up on their doorstep without any warning. Too many have uttered the words “never” to have addiction throw it right back in their faces.
Fortunately, when we start working the 12 steps and keeping ourselves in check like such, we are helping diminish the misery that is addiction. This isn’t just for ourselves but for others as well. The idea of recovery pushes selfless behavior that feeds into the good versus evil battle mentioned previously. In this day of age, almost everybody can certainly admit they know somebody struggling with addiction in some form. Even sadder is the large percentage in that group of people that will say they know somebody who has overdosed. Addiction has become a household word in part of everybody’s vocabulary. We have to stay educated on the matters because knowledge is power. Deal with addiction before it deals with you.
The dangers of opiates will always be present if they are on every street, in every medicine cabinet, and on every addict’s mind like they have been. It’s the combined efforts of everybody working together that helps mute the sickness supplying this crisis. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need detoxification, please call 1-800-481-8457 or visit oarcstaging.wpengine.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.