Some of us have experienced the devastating effects of heroin and opioid addiction and overdoses firsthand, while others have been viewing this epidemic from the sidelines through news reports. Regardless of your perch, opinions are formed about drug users and the different ways government and law enforcement should deal with overdoses. And there’s no shortage of strong views on the controversial topic of administering the overdose-reversing treatment, Narcan.
There is no one “correct” or simple remedy for this struggle; that’s more utopian thought than reality. Most of the ways to address heroin and opioid addiction fall into areas of grey. Our society needs to see this disease through a new lens.