Substance abuse is often described as a "victimless" crime. Those who have suffered from it as addicts, their families, friends and neighbors, know this is a lie. The toll on society as a whole in lost wages, lost jobs, broken families, abuse related diseases, child abuse and abandonment is astronomical. One of every ten Americans will be directly affected by a drunk/drugged driver every year, many will lose their lives or those of loved ones as a result. Jails are overcrowded and expensive to maintain. People fear going on vacation or leaving their cars unattended due to break-ins and robberies commited to support drug habits. Children are abused, abandoned and used as drug dealers in schools by substance influenced parents. Does this sound like a "victimless" crime? Every day there are less and less treatment facilities as one after the other fall victim to a failing ecomony and government cuts. There are eight animal shelters for every substance abuse treatment center and that distance is growing. The fastest growing addicted population is the elderly, who knowingly or unwittingly get hooked on prescription pain killers and other drugs. Jails, Detox and treatment centers are having to install wheel chair ramps, shower bars and other improvements to meet a growing, aging population. We are seeing children as young as 12 already addicted and displaying destructive behavior. The "War On Drugs", stiffer sentencing and added jails have not even begun to stop this nightmare. Education, prevention and treatment are the only way to face and beat this monster, and it takes money, and lots of it, to get this done. But even so, the cost of treatment is eight times less than the cost of doing nothing for every taxpayer.
Some say the "old" ways were stifling, crippling of the spirit and prone to abuse of power. That may be so, but I could walk down any street, leave my doors and windows unlocked, breath clean air, drink clean water and play undisturbed while neighbors talked and laughed on their front porches, and I grew up on Chicago's Westside. Try doing that today.
I truly love and am totally dedicated to my family and friends.
First, do no harm.
What Gives Me Hope
If I were Mayor, I'd make the world a better place by
Getting into the streets, observing first hand what is happening and why, and speaking to the ALL the people. Our current governments, on ALL levels are entirely too elitist, leaving out the majority of the population, their wants, needs and opinions. We need to hear the voice of the little man before passing laws that may further harm him without helping anyone but the wealthy. It is the logical way to run a government "for the people".
What/who changed my life and why
George Orwell's "1984" because we are now living it!