What do we know? Drug overdoses annually now kill more Americans than car crashes.
Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson regularly warns against the fentanyl scourge that is so deadly that law enforcement officers risk grave injury or death when exposed to this synthetic opioid during searches of drug traffickers’ vehicles.
A NY Times story titled As Overdose Deaths Pile Up, a Medical Examiner Quits the Morgue published Oct. 7, 2017, provides a perspective on the magnitude of the problem.
What will it take to curtail or to end this epidemic? There are options.
- One suggestion out of Ohio, “Let them die”
- Compulsory in-patient treatment of first-time overdose patients
- Death sentences for drug pushers
- Assign personal responsibility to physicians who prescribe opioids
- Public education in all universities, community colleges, public and private grade schools
More aggressive enforcement of anti-drug laws will mean further erosion of our civil liberties and total loss of privacy. So, I don’t want more unconstitutional civil asset forfeitures. America’s jails and prisons presently incarcerate more of our citizens than the jails of any other nation on earth.
America’s jails and prisons presently incarcerate more of our citizens than the jails of any other nation on earth. Jails are not the solution.
More laws, more law enforcement, more jails – these are not practical tactics. We know this to be true because they have been altogether ineffective in stemming the tide of this scourge.
There is only one option to end these massive drug overdose deaths and that way is Jesus Christ. One word from Him and addictions cease. One touch from Him and families are restored. As it is written, Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.