Public Opinion & Opioid Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

This is a small sampling of responses to an article by award winning journalist Jennifer Percy’s article on Kensington’s open-air drug market, “Trapped by the Wal-Mart of Heroin” which appeared this month in the New York Times, which covers the problems facing people trying to find Oxycodone treatment, but ended up in a downward spiral of heroin abuse.

“I wish cities could sue Halliburton for sending our kids to war, for having to dull the emotional and physical pain with opioids, while they made billions.” – NYCGal

“…So much of this started with the advertised-as-safe drugs like Oxycontin that were approved by the FDA and misleadingly marketed by Purdue and Mallinckrodt, and which led users down the path to heroin. The article shows what a death sentence heroin is, oth for the users and for the community the users (and pushers) inhabit. Why do we as civilized and supposedly advanced society allow this?” -J.M.

“Soldiers go to Afghanistan to secure the poppies they will later be addicted to.” – T.P.

“Heroin dealers are murderers and should be treated as such. Zero Tolerance for the sale or possession of heroin. If there were no heroin, there would be no heroin addicts. I’m not being totally uncompassionate. My son was addicted to heroin after oxycodone for a broken shoulder. He went through cold-turkey withdrawal by choice. He knows full well what any future use of heroin would involve. Eventually, if the addicts do not accept the offer of help, then they have made their choice. It’s their life.” – E.W.

“I went to rehab in 1988. I remember vaguely the leader of our program saying that of the 50 people I was there with, only 5% would be sober in one year. The statistic dropped in half for five years. After two years, I believe there was one other person and myself still sober. I have since lost track of him, but hold out hope that I am not the only one still sober almost 30 years later. Addiction is hard. It’s a daily battle, and if you don’t do a lot of intense personal work, all the rehab in the world won’t work.” – R.O.

“If you could see inside people’s minds you would, in many cases, never stop crying. Whether by way of trauma, or some genetic cruelty, some people are shackled with a life-wrecking primary drive: GET ME OUT OF HERE. The drugs are being used because the drugs work.” – M.F.

“For many of the addicts described, their community is a big part of why they can’t recover. ‘It’s where I belong’, one woman is quoted as saying. People yearn for community, and as long as they are doing drugs, they have a place to belong. How do you fight that?” – C.

“So many commenters here have the answer to the problem of heroin addiction! Please, run for office, win and put your plan into action despite opposition, since the current crop of mayors and governors are doing so poorly. Or become an advocate to bring about change following your recommended solution. Armchair quarterbacking is much easier, ay?”

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Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.