No Easy Solution

I want to begin my blog by talking about the drug problem currently in the United States.  I am not a doctor, therapist, or addiction specialist.  I will not pretend to be an expert.  I am an attorney who has seen first hand the destruction of drug addiction. 

The word "crisis" tends to get used so much that it begins to lose all meaning.  However, in this instance, I take the position that the term correctly describes the current situation.  There is a ripple effect where addiction affects not only the addict but also friends, family, and the community as a whole.

I think the first issue that must be addressed is the belief that a complex problem such as drug addiction can be solved by a simple solution.  An easy and simple solution may work in the world of so called experts and commentators in the media where the soundbite rules supreme.  However, many of the people crafting the easy fix usually do not have the burden of carrying out the solution. Thus, the messy world of real life does not interfere or challenge the answer to the problem.

There has never been nor will there ever be a simple solution to a complex issue such as drug abuse.  And to say otherwise would be dishonest, naive, or foolhardy. 

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