America’s drug problem is seriously disturbing and it’s not just in any one place. From Appalachia to Alaska and Arkansas to Oregon, this country is being torn apart by drug abuse and drug addiction.
The overdose statistics show 107,000 people died last year from drug overdoses, 75% of which were opioid drug overdoses.
Cities like New York have also been very hard hit and, in fact, are being made worse by the policies of people like Governor Kathy Hochul. Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Big Apple…
Big Apple Overdose Agony
The Big Apple is supposed to be a city that never sleeps, full of excitement and opportunity, but far too many are biting into it to find out it has a rotten and poisonous core.
Hochul and her allies want to present themselves as compassionate, loving people who care about treating addiction and offering addicts opportunities and resources.
However, the real result of all their funding and big words is just the streets are filling up even more with addicts, used syringes, and desperate people with nowhere left to go, especially those who are intoxicated.
Take East Harlem, for example. The neighborhood used to be a decent place, but is now full of people shooting up in public, junkies begging for money aggressively, and sleeping out on the sidewalk.
Schoolyards are littered with syringes and who knows what else. Hochul and her allies are willing to talk a big game, but when it comes down to it, they are making ordinary New Yorkers pay the bills for their own policies.
The trends in New York reflect those seen on a national level.
Data from the CDC last year showed that more than 100,000 Americans died of a drug overdose during the first year of the pandemic. https://t.co/vIGWndc4bW
— ABC News (@ABC) November 5, 2022
Hochul’s Soft on Drugs Idiocy
Hochul and her team have made drugs easier to get, use, and make excuses for. This is directly linked to the kind of zombie scenes in places like East Harlem.
The exact examples include decriminalizing drug possession and syringe use, letting pharmacies sell more needles to anyone, fast-tracking addicts to rehab instead of jail when they do crimes, and much more.
Police have been specifically ordered that they are not to cause any issue for an addict who is shooting up in public, for example. Even the idea that small kids don’t need to a see somebody slowly killing themselves on the sidewalk is apparently too strict for Hochul.
This is a sad, sad time for America and New York. Politicians are full of excuses and lies, while ordinary people, including addicts, suffer and die from false compassion.
I have quickly reviewed recent comptroller's report from New York that overdose deaths continue to climb no end in sight, ⬆️in opioid OD deaths from 2019-2021 of 68%. It's grim. 1/x https://t.co/eCe6s247zZ
— Kim Sue, MD, PhD (@DrKimSue) November 2, 2022
So What’s the Solution?
There is no one perfect solution. However, if cities like New York want to start really helping residents and addicts, they need to get serious.
What does this mean? It means improving the economy, going harder after dealers (including Big Pharma’s intentional sale of addictive substances), and providing more benchmarks for rehab success or failure.
You’re not doing anyone any favors with false compassion and endless stints in rehab. Want proof? Take a look at Hunter Biden.
This article appeared in StatesmanPost and has been published here with permission.