Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It
- Ryan Hampton, American Fix: Inside the Opioid Addiction Crisis - and How to End It (2018)
The basic idea behind the book is now, largely, drug abuse is seen as a choice. People deserve the consequences of their choices. If someone dies, "well, shouldn't have done drugs." Nobody has a responsibility toward these people. Drug use should remove you from society, jobs, and government support. The author says, "addiction's a disease. Would you treat someone with cancer like that?" Well, I have heard people talk about cancer that way, but that's not the norm. And author further says that one in three people are affected by drug abuse, so the scope's too large to jettison addicts.
I looked for this book after seeing something about Minnesota's record homeless population. In the end, though, humans need to be humans, and you've got to respect how they look at the world.