Name: Vanessa Escamilla
From: Phoenix , Arizona
We are not a nation dealing with addiction because no one knows about it.
We are not a nation dealing with addiction because no one knows about it
We are not a nation dealing with an addiction crisis; the sad truth is what most Americans believe. The majority of the country is not aware we are, why because this is an issue our government ignores; it something but aside or what Washington calls, not important issues. In the early 1990s, we had the presidential attack on the world on drugs, but we never really talked about the addiction crisis. No, as a matter of fact, for decades, it has never been shed to light. If we were to survey the American population and ask them what some of the issues facing Americans are, the addiction crisis would not be on the list. This issue does not get exposure; I believe this is the central issue no one is talking about, which means no one is working on it.
Our nation, our states, our cities, and our communities have no way to deal with this consequence because there is no support, no program or map to help. I work downtown in Phoenix, where many homeless people are addicts. I will be the first to admit; I was not exposed to addicts; I would believe a few people with this issue in my naive mind. I have been taking the city metro for the last two years, and I have seen the actual problem within my eyes. If I had never decided to take the metro, I wonder if there was an issue, and my answer is no. No one talks about it, not in schools, not in the community, not among friends, let alone in social media where everyone posts about their best life and real issues.
We need to start having these conversations within social media, school, our community, and our nation. If we continue to ignore this issue, it might be too late to make a change. I’ll be the first to admit; I don’t have a real solution, but I will be the first to say we need to start having this conversation. We also needed to stop shaming those who have an addiction; we need to change as a society and start caring about others again. Having this conversation would bring light to the issue, but it would allow individuals to feel comfortable and safe to ask for help.