Are We Still Fighting the War on Drugs?

What characterizes the War on Opiate Drugs?

  1. The “War on Drugs”, specifically opiates: Is it an issue of physical pain management, dysthymia, recreational abuse, or poor interpersonal relations?
  2. The “War on Drugs”, specifically opiates: Is it a pharmaceutical company crime, an attack on America, or a genocidal abuse of citizens?
  3. The “War on Drugs”, specifically opiates: Is a favorable conclusion likely given thousands engaged in and supporting its evolution, the processes of war, and the many billions of dollars made by so many (see image above, federal investment alone) in its persistence?

    Are will still fighting the War on Drugs? Some just like to use the phrase “war on … ” because it sounds aggressive, and portends assertive resolution. Maybe we will stop experiencing problems with opiates when the “war” ceases, we stop “fighting” against the munitions (opiates), stop rewarding non-victim participants in “the war”, and stop financially rewarding those who advance social-cultural disparity and dysfunction in America. We need to address root causes.

There is a post-traumatic, phantom pain bearing amputee. The U.S. Army veteran describes the challenges of his life to an amiable, somewhat detached, appointment scheduler. She confides to him that she sees no available slots for nine months. Ever disenchanted, he exhales with a heavy sigh, and she simply responds: “#Metoo”. ISG Health believes that your good health matters.