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Opioids and marijuana: What should our main focus be?

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Opioids are taking over

Opioids are taking over

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Opioids are taking over

Addie Detrich, North Staff Writer

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The issue of access and availability of drugs to students, the homeless and other gullible citizens is intensifying. Just this past year, the nation saw more than 66,000 overdose deaths caused by drugs like heroin, natural, semi-synthetic and synthetic opioids, methadone, cocaine and psychostimulants.

Unfortunately, many suffering people cannot afford treatment to give up their addiction. For a 30-90 day drug rehab program at a well-known clinic it could cost anywhere from $12,000 to $60,000. This type of cost is usually out of the question for hardcore addicts that need professional help.

Students are especially prone to use over the counter products such as cough medicine (Nyquil/Dayquil) and Tide Pods. Recent trends brought to surface by the meme culture has popularized such use of these; eating detergent used to be a satirical joke before it became a reality.

Even in the homey suburbs of Edmond, drug abuse by high schoolers is real. Thankfully, Vicodin use has dropped notably over the past few years, as students reported that it is harder to obtain.

With more than 90 deaths per day at the hands of opioids, officials need to be investing in programs to help the current addicts and prevent future happenings. The Trump administration is instead cracking down on marijuana in legalized states. Marijuana has caused zero deaths. To be at the risk of dying, a healthy human would have to ingest 1,500 pounds of weed in fifteen minutes.

State senators, on the front lines of the epidemic, are urging the Trump administration to join them on projects to heal shaken communities. Senator Patty Murray of Washington state is especially pushing President Trump to support the investments needed. The estimated cost of the opioid crisis is at over $500 billion. That money demands funding.

Marijuana is seemingly harmless, and should to be  the least of officials worries when it comes to drugs. Deaths are on the rise not stopping; everybody needs to consider assisting in the movement. If you are addicted, please contact a professional to get started on your path to recovery.

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