For many decades, drug addiction remains one of the most resource consuming problems in all countries around the world. It is like a vampire, continuously connected to the blood supply of the country’s economy.
In the beginning it gradually consumes the family resources by damaging the buying power of the family as well as the productive activities of the working members of the family.
After the addict is spelled out of the already broken home, and forced to the streets, crimes will be the way to raise the necessary funds to feed the hunger and kill the pain.
In time, infectious diseases will follow.
Hepatitis and AIDS will be widely spread. Violence along with criminal activities will create a continuous need to raise police activities, equipment and man power.
The effective police work, will create new legal cases. They will fill the court houses, again, creating continuous need to spend more resources.
From the courts, most will be sent to jail houses. Again, more and more resources.
In time, over-dosages, and emergency rooms; some will die, some will survive with brain damage. What follows are long periods of intensive care hospitalization and rehabilitation support. In time, several hospitalizations due to liver conditions, AIDS, Hepatitis and other infectious conditions. More resources.
Throughout this long process, any attempts to treat the addiction also typically result in lost funds, most at governmental cost, some at the family’s efforts.
Insurance companies will raise their premiums on policies as more and more claims are filed; a result of criminal activities. More resources.
Throughout this long process, every addict will influence several others to follow the same destructive path.
It is almost impossible to calculate, the profound economic damage that one addict will generate from the moment they developed the dependency, to the moment he or she dies.
All the above narrative became part of a reality with no hope for any solution.
But there is a positive element on the above narrative:
The Important fact is that, almost all addicts will make several attempts to cure themselves.
The question we must ask is; are we, the medical community, the decision makers providing these people with the level of care they need?
Are we fighting this disease with the proper tools?
We all know the answer. It’s the same answer we continue to pay for. We are paying for the “No” results.
What would happen to the above narrative, if it would exist in a way that we could reverse this dependency?
What if it would be possible, to provide the sick with a medical treatment that would cure the physical need for the drug and would take away even the mental hunger for it?
If this is possible, can you imagine how much money the government would save? Or, how many new addicts would never fall into the addiction, pushed by another lost soul?
Today, Modern Medicine allows us to do just that.
Each day that we don’t provide effective treatment to those in need, we are allowing this “Vampire Monster” to grow and waste more and more of our resources.
About the pain, the suffering and despair of patients and families.
We already know, He doesn’t care.
Do you? Mr. Jones.