In the United States, it isn’t uncommon to hear about opioid addiction. People usually just know that opioid is a narcotic, therefore you easily get addicted. Which is true, but it is important to keep in mind that opioid addiction is a long-lasting disease. It can cause major health, social, and economic problems.
However, you must ask yourself this question: "Do I really know the whole story?" People tend to illustrate a specific platform on how to show compassion. Some think it is enough. Like when you just ask a person if they are okay. By doing that we convince ourselves that it is sufficient.
Meaning we have failed as humans since people need more than a simple question. They need help. Nevertheless, there is also so much more to it. In this instance, we will be looking at addicts.
Because people have been getting addiction courtesy of very wealthy pharmaceutical companies, after which they are viewed as disposable, not worth it, barely human junkies who "made their bed" and deserve no sympathy or tax dollar-based funding.
In the United States there is a habit worse than opioid addiction: consistently treating public health issues as failures of morality. This is something Beth Macy have looked into. Beth Macy who is a journalist and non-fiction author who has written an article on opioid addiction.
Macy works for The New York Times, which is a reputable media organization in the US. In the article “ ‘I Am Going to Die if I Keep Living the Way I Am.’ She Was Right.” written by Beth Macy we are introduced to a woman named Tess Henry.
At the very beginning of the article, it is declared that Tess Henry has died. Later Macy reveals that Tess Henry has been a drug addict since 2012. However, we later learn how Tess Henry starts a medication-assisted treatment (M.A.T.) in 2015 to fight addiction.