With America’s drug and addiction issues as rampant as they are at present, one would think that the DEA, or the Drug Enforcement Agency, would be particularly busy trying to stop it, or at least trying to ease the largest burdens (such as the current opioid epidemic). However, and unfortunately, the agency has its sights set on the wrong targets…
The Misguided Attentions of the Drug Enforcement Agency
There is a substance called kratom that is being used within the U.S. in place of the dangerous opioid epidemic that is currently raging on within the country. Though it does have some of the same properties, statistics show that it is not nearly as concerning as the prescription pills that have brought us to this point in the first place. It is being used in place of “the opioid compounds so often dispensed carelessly by doctors,” but its deadliness does not even compare with opioids.
Despite the glaring facts, the Drug Enforcement Agency has apparently been targeting kratom as a problem drug rather than attending to the situation that desperately needs attention. Whether or not this drug’s use is a problem worthy of legal action remains to be seen and a clear and informed call would require years of study which has not yet been attempted. For now, professionals, particularly those in institutions like the DEA where there is power for change, need to turn their eyes to the opioid epidemic to stop the flow of those incredibly-addictive substances.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the only drug that they have been focusing on rather than major players, such as heroin. Pot, or marijuana, has also come under heavy scrutiny despite its relatively harmless nature. At the very least, it isn’t arguable that pot, as compared with either heroin or opioids, is nearly as dangerous. It isn’t clear why they are so honed in on these substances rather than others, but a change absolutely needs to be made in order to combat the much more serious issues at hand.
“Since prescription opioids are by far the biggest killer, the DEA should go after the drug companies and doctors most responsible.” Reports of the harm done by kratom and pot don’t even compare with those of heroin and opioids. The people responsible for those lethal substances are not being forced to take responsibility or to face consequences for continued access to these materials. In the meantime, more and more people are finding themselves in the throes of an addition, worsening an already-massive problem.
If we as a nation are going to actively fight a “war on drugs,” then it needs to be the right war (against the right drugs). Otherwise, our actions are meaningless, and people will continue to suffer. The Drug Enforcement Agency is a major player in this battle, but it isn’t the only one. Contact The Bergand Group if you are looking into recovery programs for yourself or for others. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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