‘‘I Am Going to Die if I Keep Living the Way I Am.’’ She Was Right.

Indledning
Is the American healthcare system doing enough to help American citizens overcome a drug addiction? The number of opioid addicts has increased a great deal in America.

It has left many families distraught and divided. Drug addiction is an immense issue for the families and the person suffering from the addiction.

People often tend to think that addicts don’t want to seek treatment, but this might not always be the case. There is different programs setup in the healthcare system in America to avoid cases of drug addiction, but not everyone gets the help they deserve and survives from an addiction.

Programs like the M.A.T. program is developed to help addicts overcome a drug addiction, but it has been statistically shown that less addicts get a follow-up after the treatment is over.

The consequences of the drug opioid and the issue with recovering from a drug addiction is introduced to us in the article “’I Am going to Die if I Keep Living the Way I am’ She was right” by journalist Beth Macy.

Uddrag
The article “’I Am going to Die if I Keep Living the Way I am’ She was right” was published on The New York Times website on July 20 , 2018. In the article we are introduced to a claim, a data and a
warrant.

The claim in the article is that people in America should have a different mindset on the M.A.T. program and the data is that the M.A.T. program helps prevent a negative withdrawal from drugs, so the addict is less likely to start using hard drugs like heroin again.

The warrant that links the claim and data together is that, it will overall be easier to avoid cases of drug addiction like Tess’s if the M.A.T. program is used on addicts and also if the patient is offered a follow-up after the treatment is over.

In the lines 63-72 the language is both formal and informal. An example of formal words is used when Macy writes about the medical condition “endocarditis” (ll. 67) and the drugs “fentanyl” (ll. 69) and “suboxone” (ll. 67).

The formal elements help Macy’s choice of words sound educated and professional. Macy also uses informal language, when she describes the negative effects addicts encounter, when they don’t use drugs for a certain time period, she calls them “dope sick” (ll. 66). She also uses terms like “kids” (ll. 71), which is also an informal language.

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