One thing we seem to be really good at is focusing on one problem at a time.
In our efforts to combat the staggering number of opioid deaths in our country, other issues are often put on the back burner. A recent study outlined the rise in alcohol related deaths, and as we have put more restrictions on the availability of opioids, meth and cocaine deaths have increasingly been on the rise.
We need to get a handle on our opioid problem.
But also our benzo problem, our cocaine problem, our alcohol problem.
But really – we have to face the fact that we have an ADDICTION PROBLEM.
An addiction to the numbing effect that substances bring – not feeling pain – not having to deal with reality – an addiction to the feeling of not feeling.
We cannot begin to make a dent in any of these problems until we focus on the underlying reasons why, until we treat the co-occurring mental health struggles, provide community supports like safe affordable housing, second chance employment, long term treatment, recovery support, and implement intensive K-12 prevention programs for our children.
These are highly complex, complicated issues with no easy answers, but Culpeper is making progress!
Want to know how you can help? Check out our UPCOMING EVENTS page to learn about opportunities to make a difference in your community.
And read the Article: Feds to Let States Tap Opioid Funds for Meth, Cocaine Surge