jtciampa wrote:When you say "it's their choice" what about people who are injured and are given opioid medications in the hospital to deal with the extreme pain? This is one path to addiction that affects a lot of people, young and old, rich and poor.
I have been skeptical of the "it's a disease so it's not my fault" theory about addiction but this clearly goes beyond recreational usage and poor decisions. This isn't some kid swiping a bottle from the old man's liquor cabinet. I have been to several wakes for friends who have lost a son or daughter. There are no words to describe what they are feeling. A few hundred thousand $$ to spare a father or mother this sort of pain seems like a pittance compared to the massive waste spent on pet programs and outright pork in the budget.
Make no mistake, it might look like you are safe beyond the reach of this crisis but I assure you that it can strike very close to home without any warning.
bigdaddy wrote:This crisis can happen to any family regardless of whatever factors you feel are at play. This is an epidemic. How can you say handle your life in such a cold manner. The opioid crisis is faceless, nameless, ageless, Its going to get worse before it even comes close to getting a handle on this. This everyones problem. Governor Baker I beg of you to find some money in the budget.