The following topic is very near to my heart. I have been mourning the loss of several friendships and family members to the bane of drug addiction. It does not matter the drug of choice, the verdict is the same. They have all told me they were clean, but in the end gave in to its callings. They had nice families, beautiful homes, nice cars and every other amenity they wanted or needed. Unfortunately, their addictive personalities led them astray each and every time.
The rehabs and then the slide back to addiction happened with so much frequency that families and friends eventually cut off contact. It is the family, especially the children whom are hurt most. I have seen it way too much just in my personal life.
And, it’s not just the addiction that kills. There are many infectious disease complications such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, cellulitis and blood-borne infections.
Many states and even the federal government prohibit the healthcare system to distribute sterile syringes to IV drug users. What do you think? Would handing out clean needles perpetuate the drug use cycles? Or would it help prevent the needless spread of infectious diseases, especially to spouses/partners and their children. Did you know that an infection as innocuous as chicken pox can kill a child quickly with HIV/AIDS? So, do we give the pregnant mother a clean needle to shoot up so that she does not pass on to her fetus the many infections she will come into contact with?
This is a dilemma which definitely needs more thought and debate.