The old guy couldn’t sleep his diabetic nephropathy had his ankles screaming in pain, absolutely nothing he couldn’t manage, just an annoyance he’d gotten accustomed to. Properly he hobbled out of the bedroom in to the living room and discovered his favorite reclining chair and shortly thereafter his favorite little guy, his Chihuahua joined up with him and they enjoyed the wee hours of the night together.
It have been a difficult week, to put it moderately, actually it had been a week from hell. While driving to obtain a routine oil change,the old man found himself surrounded by way of a massive amount of Law enforcement and Law enforcement vehicles with sirens screaming and red and blue blights blaring as far as a person’s eye could see. With authorities guns drawn he exited the vehicle step-by-step having to pay close awareness of vociferously forceful commands, as he lay flat on a lawn and taken into custody, he overheard a cop say, “ why did we do all this, this guy ain’t dangerous.He chuckled to himself.
In America today, this is definitely not uncommon and sadly so may be the rest of the story. More sad is that this story will be read and passed over, because it became so woven into the material of society that this has become the norm. Moreover we now have become a society that’s only about Me. In reality there’s nothing normal about this. And unfortunately it’s about to many me’s.
We apologizing for diverting from the key point with this story, but I remember the late President Bush’s words of making America a ‘Kinder gentler Place which later became product for late night television talk shows. In reality have a action even more back into the late 1960’s and early 70’s when America had been really a kinder gentler place.
Ends up a week after his arrest, he was released. The old man had been using a popularly prescribed benzodiazepine. (i.e. xanax, klonopin, ativan) for decades and had forged a prescription to increase his supply. He previously grown a tolerance to the medication and required more to obtain the same affect.
The old man had been a retired economic services administrator, whose contacts had been a who’s who of the garment center leaders. Whom is internal circle, his closest friends had been lawyers, accountants and financial people, hardly someone you would think must be taken down at gunpoint.
And the beat goes on.This is America today. We have people influenced by computers not on people. Prescription medication addiction is now the new break cocaine epidemic. This country with all it’s unlimited wisdom has not determined that the war on medications initiated in the 1980’s is not working. You don’t put people in jail for something the F.D.A. has declared is just a disease. Your insurance will pay for you to get help. Therefore why the heck would you put anyone in prison for the condition. Can you put a cancer patient in jail should they hadn’t recovered the way you expected!! So why is this any different. You don’t desire to hear this.but it’s NOT!!
It’s time we become a kinder gentler people, it’s time we reach know our neighbors, it is the right time to return towards the time that everyone else within the neighborhood knew everyone. You knew your pharmacist, your barber, your part store, your cleansers by first name. It’s time to get the politicians and federal government out regarding the darn way. It’s time to get the greedy pharmaceutical companies off the beaten track. Time to have Lobbyists out of the means. It’s time for change. Our people are being placed in Prison or dying for simply no reason.
It is the right time to let physicians be physicians rather than puppets of insurance providers. This really is such a profoundly systemic issue. We don’t desire to face it. There is therefore much money involved here, who has blinded our sense of right and wrong. There is so much cash involved, to much greed, to much selfishness, to much blaming one other guy. This is not a simple problem to solve. It takes self reflection by all involved and self expression isn’t a simple action to take, especially when your bad.
In a follow up article We’ll detail the old man’s whole tale, but for now we need some good judgment. If we are serious about addressing this dilemma, we will not put band helps on broken legs by passing politically proper legislation. We will put the onus on insurance firms, on Pharmaceutical companies, in this writers viewpoint the biggest culprit. We’ll make regulations that make sense, not cash.
We will let these people get help..medically not by putting them in jail. These include good people. Did you know that Prison population moved up from 300,000 individuals in 1974 to around 5,000,000 people presently. In addition 80% of the increase is due to Alcohol or drug related offenses. Mostly non-violent. It’s created an unheard of amount of cash for states and uncommon amount of pain on common decent people.
C’mon people aint this America, land of the free, home of the brave. The greatest country on world. I CAN’T TELL!!