On my way home from the Orlando, Fl. National Rx Drug Abuse Summit, as we stood on the security checkpoint line, I got chatting with a woman next to me, a nurse. Not surprisingly, in Orlando, the conversation starter is “What brings you to Disneyworld?” In my case, it was the Rx epidemic. During the course of our brief conversation told me that her brother had overdosed and died from prescription drugs.
We ended up on the same shuttle out to the terminal, and I took a book out and handed it to her. Next to us on the tram was a woman and a young man who looked to be her son. They both noticed the title of the book, and he said, “Does that say oxy addiction?” I told him yes, that it is a book about my son’s oxy addiction. The young man said, “I am an oxy addict, and my mom’s putting me on a plane to go to rehab right now.” The mom showed me her security pass, the one that allows her to go to the gate to assure her son gets onboard. They were going to the same rehab as I sent my son: Narconon.
So right there, in the corner of the airport shuttle, there were three families and all three families were dealing with opiate addiction.
You can’t tell me that the discussions I’m participating in aren’t important. They’re epic, like this epidemic is epic.
The pharmaceutical companies and their lobbies, they own this. They are making fistfuls of dollars and leaving death and destruction in their wake. Their money manipulates the laws to favor their bottom line. What needs to be done?
More on this in my next post. And I’d like to hear your thoughts.