By Mark Antony Rossi
The drug epidemic in America has not abated with select legalization of THC (marijuana) in certain areas of the country. Selective legalization is not a noble social development but rather a crass revenue enhancement by the state governments. For every glaucoma sufferer there are ten thousand video gamer drug abusers who believe flipping burgers is the equivalent to life in a Soviet Gulag.
Societal destruction through crystal meth and the more recent avalanche of Uber addictive doctor-prescribed opioids is calling to the forefront a national commitment to a treatment center triage movement. Thousands of treatment centers need to be built throughout the country. And perhaps throughout he world.
While the international focus on human trafficking is of vital importance it should diminish the efforts and attention of destructive drugs pouring through porous borders of numerous foreign locales. This decades long crisis deserves to be placed in the national security category of threats capable of degrading civil society.
Addiction should no longer be treated as a television drama or a manageable family event. Its proceeds are subsidizing terror organizations. Its victims are slaves to masters literally tens of thousands of miles away. Its existence owes as much to passive acceptance of the world community as it does to ruthless drug lords whom rely on apathy as much as addiction.
About the Author: Mark Antony Rossi is a poet, playwright and author of the bioethics volume “Dark Tech” now available from Amazon. His most recent plays have been produced in Liverpool and New York.