Who is at fault for our nation's opioid crisis? Kids are dying. Parents are dying. People are addicted. They were given meds for pain, and now they're reliant on heavy narcotics.
Over 70,000 Americans died last year from drug overdose, more than were killed from HIV, car crashes, and gun violence, shares Franklin Graham. In a recent Facebook post, Graham goes after the opioid epidemic, applauding the First Lady for her passionate attention to it, and pleading with the President to lock those up who are responsible.
"The statistics are astounding," writes Graham. "Drug overdoses killed more than 70,000 Americans last year—70,000! That should get our attention. More people die from overdose deaths in the U.S. than from HIV, car crashes, or gun violence at their peaks. The latest lethal culprit? Synthetic opioids known as fentanyls. Deaths involving fentanyls increased more than 45% last year alone."
"This week, First Lady Melania Trump spoke to students at Liberty University and called the opioid epidemic the 'worst drug crisis in American history.' She’s right and I’m grateful she is speaking out about it. She challenged students to think of the opioid crisis, not as a set of statistics, but rather as a larger 'human story' and as an opportunity to save lives," shares Graham.
"I appeal to President Donald J. Trump and members of Congress to make the war against our national drug crisis a top priority and put behind bars those responsible—whether it is pharmaceutical company executives, doctors, or street manufacturers and dealers," urged Graham, tagging the president in his post.
The First Lady asked students at Liberty University this week to hear her heart as a mother: "I'm here speaking to you in my official capacity as first lady, but I want you to know that I'm also here as a mother," Trump said, reports CBS News.
“I teach him what is right, what is wrong. I will always tell him that drugs ... could be very dangerous and they could mess up your mind and body, and to love yourself more than you love drugs,” she shared of what she tells her son, Barron.
“I believe in the power of all of you," Trump continued. “Together with all of you, I know we can make a real difference and save lives. You have a responsibility to yourself and also to those around you who may be struggling,"
“While you may never personally become addicted, the chances of you knowing someone who struggles with it are very high. We must commit to removing the stigma of shame that comes with addiction and helping change public opinion so people find evidence-based treatment before it’s too late,” she pleaded.
Often, with drug problems, the users and the dealers are blamed. And in the past, the dealers have been traditional street drug dealers. But this crisis is different, as Graham points out: a lot of the opioid dealers are doctors. And they're getting incentives from their drug pushers, the pharmaceutical industry. Sadly, with pain, there is profit.
So this isn't just a street issue; it's a white collar, big business issue. That is why Graham is calling on the president to act. What do you think of his post about the opioid epidemic? Share your thoughts in the comments! Thank you!