@no one of consequence. In general that may be the case but the difference with
the opioid crisis (and I know this article is not exactly focused on the
traditional issues with opioids) is many, in fact a large percentage, become
addicted not through personal choice but because of doctors'
over-prescription for pain.Athletes (read about Taysom Hill's
brother), laborers, and really anyone with temporary chronic pain are prescribed
these drugs that for many the body cannot manage and become quickly addicted.
It's far more than just personal choice that is at play here. Opioids for
some overcome very powerfully the body's ability to resist to the point
where the only way to treat is to continue the drugs (look up methadone
clinics).Again, generally I'm in agreement with you but with
opioids it's irresponsible to place blame entirely with the user.
I'm glad that they've put a lot of programs in place that definitely
can make a difference. I think it is a very good thing that should be
implemented elsewhere. But I worry about funding here. This program works inIceland where the per capita GDP is US$59,976, and,Park city, where the
GDP is $45,164. But is it feasible to implement such a program in West
Jordan, for example, where the GDP is $17,221 and the number of millionaires who
are interested in preventing drug use is much lower? Who picks up the slack in
communities that may not have the financial resources to support robust drug
prevention programs? It's something I'm sure taxpayers would be
willing to pay for, but how do you decide who gets how much?
"In Emery and Carbon counties, the stark reality of the crisis spilled into
public view: bodies, stiff and cold, were dropped off in front of the hospital,
or in the desert, because addicts were afraid to call when a friend or brother
or wife overdosed because of all the paraphernalia lying around."Bodies in the streets, and yet the Senate wants to cut $800 billion out of
Medicaid funding including opioid treatment? What planet are they living on?
I lived in Utah for 20 years; received my undergrad and postgrad degrees there.
I loved my friends and the community.Comments here want to BLAME
people--one went so far as to BLAME people who voted for “Hillary and
Misty.” No. Our country is awash in prescription drugs. You
see me as an MD and you want drugs--antibiotics for the flu--useless. Pills for
sleep, allergies, acid reflux, constipation, anti-anxiety--then you have herbal
supplements for everything--Utah leads the country in herbals. They are ALL
chemicals. St. John’s wort is “organic” so OK-right? NO!Then we have legal alcohol and tobacco. A lot of boys/men use chew or
snus (Skoal, Copenhagen, Red Man etc). Ok to have a martini but these drugs are
wrong?Look at your med cabinet-acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen,
mucinex, leftover antibiotics, pain meds. Our country is ADDICTED. And herbal
supplements are worse b/c people think that they aren’t drugs-oh they
are!Look at yourself--we spend billions on makeup! Why? Get ALL
drugs out of your life! I have watched former prescription drugs now over the
counter.When adults get rid of all alcohol, tobacco, and drugs? Our
children won’t see drugs as a solution!
Medford, thank you, I see more of the paternThe principal: ". .
. the stud in her nose — they were all little ways to signal to students
that it was OK to be different."Some parents: "Some of
their parents smoked pot. Access was easy."Kids: "A lot of
the kids traveled as part of elite ski teams, often to states where marijuana
was legal, like Colorado."The 13 year old: ". . . liked to
go big . . ."Sometimes as adults we try too hard to be liked by
kids. Perhaps there ought to be a greater effort to give more of an example of
dignity and formality that kids will eventually want to emulate. Adults need to
set a proper example of responsible activity.
Calling this an epidemic removes the element of personal responsibility. The
drugs don't sneak into your house in the dark of night and get into your
body on their own. People make choices and choices have consequences. People
have been disbelieving warnings about mood-altering chemicals and their effects
for millennia. All we can do is keep up the warnings and hope most will listen
@third try - The author relates the story of two young teenagers in Park City in
part to illustrate that no community is immune from the effects of drugs. The
problem with opiate abuse is just as bad in Utah County which is very
conservative. What is your excuse for this? This epidemic has nothing to do
with being conservative, liberal, rich, poor, educated, uneducated, religious or
centrist - it is called the "dark web" and the specialized
browsers are easy to download through Google chrome, IE, Safari, et al. pretty
much something any 3rd grader today can do. sophisticated programming and
encryption, yes. those that operate in that environment cover their tracks,
they are not too worried about yours.
@aceroinox illegal online drug dealing marketplaces are accesed through
something called the deep web, which is accessed through specialized internet
browsers that mask identity and location in ways impossible for consumer-style
browsers like Chrome or Safari. The kind of transactions that take place here
are not done through credit cards, but rather through a kind of anonymous
virtual currency called bitcoins. These are really sophisticated encryptions
systems that can now be performed by an average smartphone. Dealers don't
need complex systems to run extremely profitable operations.Additionally,
Chinese authorities sometimes give legal shelter to illegal operations located
in China. Although opposed to drug use, they don't like other countries
stepping on what they view as their own turf, which can sometimes make it
difficult for drug enforcement to actually find and bust the factories in China.
Kids with drug problems in a rich town. And this is news?The faces
change and the drug of choice changes, but liberal parents with too much money
always tend to attract dopeheads.Somehow we are supposed to have
antidote kits in the library now and all sorts of special programs to help the
little darlings.No wonder they voted for Hillary and Misty; they
want someone else to raise their kids.Not on my dime.
@aceroinox I read a story about the drug dealer they busted in Cottonwood
Heights. In that story they mentioned that they use Bitcoins as payment. No
credit cards for the actual drug transactions. Tracing Bitcoins would be like
tracing cash, nearly impossible.
Here are some quotes from the article. Spot the pattern?"Kids in
the counseling office at Treasure Mountain struggled with all sorts of different
challenges, but there were some underlying similarities. They felt alone,
adrift, devoid of meaning or purpose. They spent much of their time playing
video games or interacting with their friends, not in person but over social
media, ...""Park City is a place with a lot of absentee
parents, he’d noticed, and perhaps that was a factor. Maybe your dad was a
pilot and was often gone, or maybe your parents liked to travel and left you in
the care of a nanny.""A lot of the kids traveled as part of
elite ski teams, often to states where marijuana was legal, like Colorado. Some
of their parents smoked pot. Access was easy.""The program,
in some ways, is similar to one of the most ambitious drug prevention efforts
ever launched...which put an emphasis on parents spending more time with their
kids, getting teens involved in extracurricular activities (especially sports)
three to four times a week, and helping kids feel important at school."
All this time I thought an epedemic was reference to a disease, a living
organism that invades another organism and causes illness, not a lapse in
judgement that results in a persons inability to further control their own
actions. So what is the new word for widespread flu, plague, etc?
I think overly blaming the kid who bought the drug for the other kids deaths is
not the right thing. If your kid wants to do drugs then that is a sign of other
problems.Take the responsibility on yourself instead of blaming
anyone else. Also, the kids are the ones at fault. They are smart enough to
avoid this nonsense. Blaming is not the best solution.It is simple.
You either choose to wreck your life or you stand up and go to work on your
dreams like the rest of us. That includes overcoming set backs and
disappointments and working harder and more creatively etc. It's called
life. And LIFE is Awesome!
What a tragic story.If this problem is thrown onto the school system
as yet another community failing for the education system to solve, it will
flounder. A parent's example of taking recreational drugs is ok (i.e.,
marijuana) will swamp any message or teaching the school tries to send.
A truly well researched and written article. It has to be hard to be a parent
Forgive my ignorance, but it would seem the Chinese drug vendor could be tracked
down via the Internet credit card transaction. If the money could find its way
to the vendor, surely they can be identified. What they are doing is much more
deadly than Russian roulette. If we can hold each vendor accountable for the
results of their trafficking, it may have a deterrent effect at the source. Can
someone educate me?