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American Epidemic: The Nation’s Struggle With Opioid Addiction

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In 2016, Wall Street Journal video journalists Robert Libetti and Adya Beasley chronicled the devastating impact of opioid abuse. This is the story of four families touched by the epidemic. Photo: Robert Libetti

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Opiates belong to a class of drugs that cause pain to go away, but they also give us a sense of euphoria. So people become addicted to the drugs, not only psychologically because of the euphoria, but they also develop a physical addiction to the drug. So it’s very important for people who are addicted to opiates to seek medical help, and I’m going top say that twice, because it’s critically important that they seek medical help.

The body becomes dependent upon the drugs and you cannot just stop taking them, without the care of a physician, that the body needs to go through a process of detox and there needs to be monitoring in place, to make sure that the person doesn’t experience an enormous amount of physical distress and physical injury, as a result of getting off of the drugs.

It’s also important that a person have, in addition to the medical supervision a program of recovery, typically a 12-step program that they can plug into where they can be connected with other people, other human beings who are also suffering from addiction, but who have also found the cure. Because even though there’s an enormous amount of suffering that goes into drug addiction, there’s also an enormous amount of hope and recovery in the field.

31 thoughts on “American Epidemic: The Nation’s Struggle With Opioid Addiction

  1. Wang Cars

    americans deserve to die. you are all SCUM! meanwhile american marines are guarding poppy field in afghanistan. you are all scum. SCUM!

  2. Tehron BERTRAND

    Doctors over prescribe medicine for white people and they under prescribe for black people. For once societal racism has worked out in our favor

  3. Max Power

    So many racist black people around here smh
    Thats the kind of thinking thats breaking the US apart.

  4. CommonSenseConservative

    "War on Drugs" Is a joke, the CIA(not all) along with some in the U.S. Government are the biggest drug dealers in the World. Look at the CIA involvement with the late 70's, 80's, and 90's cocaine/crack epidemic, especially in the black communities. The 80's, 90's until now "crystal meth" epidemic especially in the west and South low income white communities, which is never spoken about. The last couple of decades, since we have been in Afghanistan, this opioid, fentanyl epidemic in the mainly mid north/ northeastern U.S., especially in the suburban middle class white communities. Before the U.S. went into Afghanistan, their poppy plant fields (which is also used to make their bread) were at almost below 20%. Now it is up to 90% production. And Russia as some other European countries, along with the U.S. and Canada have a fentanyl(opioid ) crisis. Just another way to control, depopulate, and make a fortune to further their CIA criminal operations. I Hope and Pray that President Trump exposes this treasonous and evil evidence to the public, and is serious about combating the problem. Let the States decide on their Marijauna legalization, release all arrested for non-violent marijauna charges from prison, and take marijauna off of the schedule 1 narcotics list. That would put a small dent in the opioid use. Then arrest these government/CIA(not all are evil)drug dealers. War on Drugs? They started this war, are winning this war, and are profiting from it.

  5. Grant Goldberg

    It's like looking at a bunch of special needs kids, except they're adults (kind of).

  6. Ty Cobb

    the mom needs to know she can't control her adult children's behavior . . . moms are so goofy

  7. AdoptABlackCat

    Black people are so bitter after watching this documentary. They must understand that they are not considered with the same mindset as white people are considered.

  8. Night Owl Productions

    DAAAAAAAAA HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

  9. OfficialJoeKingOne
  10. A. S. VanHoose

    Social Darwinism

  11. Mark Hansen

    crappy Father and mother

  12. Misha Rasic

    OBAMA'S HEZBOLLAH IS EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED IN AMERICA…. HELLO….WHY IS NOBODY TALKING ABOUT THAT? ITS A FACT #1. OPIOID OUT OF CONTROL UNDER OBAMA'S 8 YRS! FACT#2. PROJECT CASSANDRA: DEA FBI ALL DEPTS. TOLD"STAND DOWN" AGAINST HEZBOLLAH : OBAMA ORDERS…. FREE PASS FOR THEM TO SELL BILLIONS OF THEIR OPIOIDS TO AMERICA. FACT #3MIDDLE EAST HAS THE HIGHEST PRODUCTION OF OPIOIDS GROWING IN THE WORLD… FACT #4 OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ADMITED HEZBOLLAH RAISED ENOUGH $ FOR THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAM BY PUSHING /FLOODING AMERICAN STREETS WITH OPIOIDS/BLAMING DOCTORS RATHER THAN OBAMA AND HIS TERRORIST BUDDIES HEZBOLLAH!! WHY ARE PEOPLE SO STUPID NOT TO SEE THIS? MEDIA PUSHING AGENDA S…. I MEAN OBAMA SENT BILLIONS IN CASH TO IRAN IN CASH…. DURING HIS LAST WEEK IN OFFICE!! I SWEAR OBAMA AND THESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HATE AMERICANS…. THEY ALL GO IN TO GET FILTHY RICH AND PUSH THE NEW WORLD ORDER AGENDA AND THAT'S IT! WAKE UP FOLKS!

  13. Brently Bennett

    This is pure comedy gold !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. godstomper

    The mom is making him worse.

  15. Ypuh

    Don't get me wrong, but how come they're all thinking about building families? Is that going to safe them, or will it ruin another family?

  16. Chicago Gyrl

    This guy has no business having a wife! His mother is an idiot! She fueled his drug habit. They are both mentally ill.

  17. LiveLikeYouFly

    What about the war on alcohol??? You know. The drug that's killed and keeps killing more people than opioid medicine ever could or did.

  18. Kenson King

    Whites are monsters. They deserved this. No sympathy for them at all, not even for their cavelings.

  19. Deanna Johnson

    I feel bad for the children that are young or being born into this

  20. SamtheBOLD

    Respect to chuck the grandfather for raising those kids with such an honest kind heart.

  21. Taran Tula

    Wow thanks for nothing. Howcast really sucks. Never seen one time worthy video yet.

  22. William Francis

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    "Please use this amazing, unbelievable,invaluable information for it's intended purpose which is to free yourselves of opiate withdrawal and addiction and to start a new begining. It disturbs me gretly to hear users are misusing this as a way to continue to use and abuse opiates now that they know the secret to stopping without any withdrawal symptoms. There are some who are now abusing opiates harder and or stopping and then restarting and binging because they no longer fear opiate withdrawal and now know they can quit at anytime without experiencing opiate withdrawal!

    This is not what this was and is intended for! this is for freedom from the chain of opiate addiction and not as a way to continue to be stuck in that unproductive way of life. This was meant to give you a means to no longer have to worry about opiate withdrawal by being exposed to the secret they suppressed from us for so long. Once that fear was erased it would now allow you to quit easily without worrying about opiate withdrawal. I feel that is the real reason people have such a hard time quitting, because of the fear of the proceeding withdrawal syndrome which normally takes place. Remove that and they are now free to quit and restart their lives anew. PLEASE PEOPLE USE THIS IN THE CORRECT MANNER FOR WHAT IT WAS INTENDED FOR! This is powerful information and probably the most important information an opiate user will ever find. With this powerful information comes great respomsibility. Use this to free our society from this plague and not as a tool for further indulgence."

    I would like to commend the author on addressing the misuse that is occurring and urging people to use this for the greater good, instead of just sitting back and profiting off of the trending misuse that is circulating.

    Anyone that witnesses the misuse of this information please take the time to talk to that party who is entertaining the idea of misusing the information, and explaining to them that this is a gift from above and a miracle to many that will free them from the ball and chain of opiate withdrawal and hopefully addiction, and not a get out of jail free card or a ticket for continuing to destroy your lives. All we can ask is for each and everyone to do their part and their best. God bless you all.

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  23. norman ayles

    the first lick of sense about the disease of addiction…..the 12 step program works when nothing else would ,,,jails prisons detoxes moving marriages children jobs …nuthin worked til I got soooooo sick & tired of bein sik & tired & desperate I surrendered ,,,became willing 2 do anything 2 stop suffering like only us junkies do,,,,,i luv life now & I know I can stay clean now….no matter what,,,,,,if I sound like a square 2 u r hip slik & cool ass,,,,,,,isn't that what we always wanted ??????

  24. Focus Your Audio

    it depends on the person. doctors got you into this mess and they suck more money out of you to get you out. cold turkey my friend. forget that bs about coming off slowly. YOU CAN JUST STOP!

  25. metalgod666alex

    can you become addictive to howcast videos ? O.O

  26. counter54321

    This is "HOW"cast not LEARNcast

  27. And I Rant

    I wonder if you can be addicted to making the first comment?

  28. Claudine Struck

    It's a nice way to definitely overcome an Opiate Addiction… Thank you for sharing this clip!

  29. danieldeath

    I liked this video , you jelly haters ???

  30. YorickReturns

    Overcome opiate-addiction by sucking my dick. Simple. Ladies…

  31. norskperson91614

    I'm such a firstfag. Thumbs please

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