I was reading an article on the New York Times website called U.S. Appetite for Mexico’s Drugs Fuels Illegal Immigration that assessed the American drug war with Mexico and a particular line stuck with me.
“’We need to get our own house in order,’ said Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank based in Washington.”
It struck a chord with me because it’s completely true- the drug problem in America is outrageous. But it’s not rocket science to assess by what means such an epidemic careened off of the tracks. It arose from the gigantic disconnect created by the avaricious higher-ups in big pharmacy. It was brought upon by our doctors, some of whom exhibit obliviousness congruent with their passion to help people, while the rest selfishly profit from a system that they know is flawed.
I’m not going to be the typical millennial who blames past generations for their inadequacies and failures. It’s this generation of millennials that is causing aggregation in the American illicit drug involvement rates. In my mind, I liken big pharmacy to the powerful gangs in Mexico. Also the symmetry may be a stretch, but what I really make the comparison for is to show that everyone from Mexico isn’t a criminal. Don’t be daft to fall victim to the hive mind narrative that the only Mexicans immigrating are drug dealers and rapists just popping into the US to have a little fun off of the government’s dime. Reasoning should allow the identification and separation of the good and the bad. Let’s get back to the illicit drug problem in the younger generation.
The deleterious evolution of prescription medication processes and the associated care taken when one is given the ability to toss drugs at people can be propositioned as the largest contributing factor to this young drug problem. You may feel like my overarching message is coming out sloppily because I mentioned Mexico before quickly jumping into how the medical system is flawed. Worry no longer because here it is: drugs became too easy to acquire.
We don’t have to reference Mexico anymore- legally getting these drugs in substantial amounts from the doctor isn’t even difficult these days, even if the patient is faking symptoms for drugs. Bottles of amphetamines are being thrown at kids starting at a young age and it frequents the college biome like a sixth-year senior who just won’t leave. Xanax is being prescribed like it is oxygen and it’s all over the colleges too. There comes a precarious situation when the medical industry finds the conflict of interest between doing what is truly right and disregarding ethical practice to push prescriptions for lucrative financial gain. I say that because I know that college drug connections are just as often at the hand of selling personal prescriptions, not bringing in product from Mexico. An atmosphere, such as university, where these two aforementioned forms of supply come together is ruinous.
There’s so much to be said about the good that big pharmacy and the medical industry have done for health care. Mental health is included in that. That topic means a lot to me because there’s an innumerable amount of people that have had their lives blessed by proper medication, but my sad realization is that I’m not sure there’s a feasible solution for establishing integrity in the drug prescription processes. However, I am sure of this- “’We need to get our own house in order,’ said Michael Shifter, president of Inter-American Dialogue, a think tank based in Washington.” I think we need that now more than ever.