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  •  Deposits and Withdraws. (1+ / 0-)
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    The literal definition of the term deposit is to "place for safe keeping" Our youth has been deposited to us, the larger society, to ensure their safe keeping, and not just for their sake but for ours too. For in our youth is the future prosperity of our Nation, as well as our continued presence as a dominate force in the World.  Opiate addictions destroy lives!!! And it has reached epidemic rates in our young people. . Imagine lying on a couch in a cold and darkened room. The blinds are drawn intentionally because the light hurts your eyes. You try to warm yourself with a blanket but it is soaked with your own sweat. A bucket sits on the floor next to the couch because the vomiting is so urgent there is no way to make it to the bathroom in time. The diarrhea has been so constant you have become dehydrated. Your blood pressure skyrockets and your heart rate reaches dangerously rapid levels. The agonizing pain in your bones is so intense that you literally scream out in pain. Is this some new flu? No this is Dope Sickness, this is Withdraw. This is the sick and desperate life of an opiate addict and it has increasingly become the life of many of our children and young adults. Legalizing Heroin is not the answer but what might reduce opiate addiction rates would be to funnel some of the money currently earmarked to fight the "War on Drugs" into treatment, research and educational campaigns so that those afflicted can access effective treatment immediately, and so that new medicines and therapies are developed which make recovery easier more successful.

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      many opiate addicts in this country did not become addicts thru choice. Many have been prescribed narcotics for legitimate medical needs, and became addicted because biology always tops will power. We need to change our prescribing rules. It is not a matter of locking up all the pain meds, it is about making sure no patient has access to narcotics for more than 14 days without being educated to the lasting and destructive force of opiate addiction. This could be accomplished by making sure those who require narcotic pain relief attend regular educational sessions where they can see first hand, thru direct contact with opiate addicts, what can happen if they continue to take pain meds. Many chronic pain patients would opt for alternative therapies if they had to confront their possible future if they remain on the narcotic pain medication.

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