Every day, we see cases of people involved in drugs. There are those who decided to use drugs, people who got addicted to it, those who are sick because of it, and those who are needing help with their addiction. For so many years now, drug addiction has been a very serious problem affecting numerous lives by putting them in danger. As a result, more countries are needing intensive help to solve this problem as soon as possible.
In St. Louis County, their health department is getting help to fight drug addiction. According to drugabuse.gov, more than 100 people in the U.S. die every day from opioid overdoses. That’s why St. Louis County has made it part of their mission to help combat this issue. Aside from the availability of a drug addiction treatment center, this help will definitely help so many lives.
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Although painkillers are meant to do just that, kill pain, when these drugs are misused it can cause serious damage and even addiction.
It’s something opiate reform counselor Robert Riley has experienced. He went to prison for drugs and even continued using while in prison.
“You can use anything you want there. You can still smoke weed, you can still get heroin, you can still drink alcohol. People who use drugs aren’t bad people. Sure, they’re making some bad choices, but they’re good people suffering from a medical condition,” Riley said.
Going to jail didn’t stop Riley from using drugs but it was through a series of events that happened while he was incarcerated that cause him to regret his bad decisions.