Letter to the Editor: Heroin, the ‘kiss of death’

To The Editor,

I am writing to you as a learning assignment for my Social Work Class in my MSSW program. No one enjoys living in another person’s shadow, but these two sure do: Methamphetamine and Heroin.

In 2007, Methamphetamine coined the phrase of being, “The Most Dangerous Drug in America.”

The super drug threatened users lives, and those living in close proximity to Meth production sites. Field fires, home explosions, and freak accidents plagued the country.

Advocates fought hard to wipe out entire Meth operations and bring undeniable relief to the country, but this sigh of relief was short lived.

Heroin returned with the kiss of death. People affected lost their lives, children lost parents, properties decreased in value, and violent crime heightened exponentially.

The national response was strategic and steady. Doctors were held to strict standards for prescribing Opioid drugs, patients were weaned off of pain medications, and emergency rooms turned drug seekers away. Measures of progress are highly subjective, but one thing is clear: the efforts to fight this Epidemic have not gone to waste. Deaths by Heroin aren’t rising as quickly as they were one year ago.

Heroin’s nasty neighbor Meth has returned with a vengeance. Mexican cartels are producing even stronger batches of the drug at expeditious rates and sending them to the US for distribution. With Heroin remaining a huge problem in the US, the resurgence of Meth is a blinding distraction for an already drug-abused population.

As the world learns more about combating the two, may hope continue to live, and box these dark “shadows” once and for all.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

LaRae Roach,
Student, University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work