Opinion: Drug issues in Rutherford County
” Button, button, who’s got the button?” was a drug game from the 1970’s in Go Ask Alice. Go ask your parents if you don’t know the story that included a game using an LSD spiked drink. Today’s version of the game is a bit different and involves the mystery pill which one of the guests takes.
Unfortunately for some of us, we recently lost a friend that way. No one will talk openly about it, but it is whispered in circles. Rest in peace.
Rutherfordton Police Department just received a donation of a drug that may save some users from overdoses. Thank heavens for a compassionate response. As most 12 – Step recovery programs will teach you, addiction is a disease. Some recover; some don’t. Some may get a second chance.
Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous will all tell you that each addict affects at least 15 other people in their circle of influence. Drugs and addiction are behind many of the court cases of breaking and entering, child abuse and domestic violence. Sit one day in court and hear the stories.
Angela Johnson, founder of Run Against Addiction, is a community activist putting her all to fight this problem. From her Facebook page, she wrote, “Runners today while you run think about every step and turn your sweat into passion for a community that needs to be set free from addiction make your steps count and Today lift up a prayer for every family this affected by drugs and addictions!!!”
Friends and families also have to change their behavior with addicts. Al-anon and other organizations can teach them about enabling, healthy boundaries, and learning to live differently.
This week a family mourns a father, brother, husband and son. His friends and family will miss him-even if they had already lost him first to his drug of choice.
Baby Lebron Reynolds, murdered 6 month old, was a victim of drug abuse. A drug takes over lives and demands first priority in a user’s life. Jobs, relationships and children all fall by the wayside. Even interventions seldom work despite the stories we see on television. The children often fall under the supervision of DSS and the laws of the court.
District Attorney Ted Bell in an interview with WLOS is advocating for stronger laws to protect the children who are victims of drug abuse. Bell stated that he has seen children come in with toxic levels of drugs that would kill adults.
The United Way as well as other organizations are researching and addressing the drug problem. No one has the perfect answer. It’s going to take all of us becoming aware, holding others accountable, and being willing to step out of our comfort zone to educate ourselves and address these problems. However, we can. And it is up to us.