Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk
To The Editor:
In his September 7th, 2019 article, “These Newborn Babies Cry for Drugs, Not Milk,” Nichilas Kristof argues that there are no solutions to drug abuse, despite the outrage of thousands of newborns being born addicted to opioids.
As a member of American society, I feel the shame of this terrible problem. Adults and teens in my state and throughout the country find it much too easy to get drugs illegally. According to Kristof, “A single pharmacy in Kermit, W.V., [a town of just 4,000 people] sold more than 13 million [prescription opioid tablets] over seven years.” Prescription drugs that serve a legitimate purpose when used as directed create terrible psychosis and desperation when they’re abused or over-used. Despite the growing number of drug addicts, hospitals are unable to keep up with the crisis of thousands of desperately addicted patients. Babies born addicted because of prenatal exposure to opioids can’t eat, can’t sleep, and begin their young lives in constant pain. The best the hospitals can do is provide these babies with morphine for the pain, but though morphine may work for a short time, it does nothing to break the addiction, and efforts to wean the babies with methadone creates a vicious cycle of methadone addiction.
McKinsey and Company, the global consulting company reported that “the opioid crisis will worsen over the next three to five years.” The government must tighten penalties for those who overprescribe, wrongly provide, or sell sell drugs, and must strengthen other laws related to prescription drugs as well. In addition, hospitals must provide treatment for drug addicts who need it and compel them to defeat their addictions whenever possible. Also, companies or government make campaign about drug and should spread the drug issue. In school, they have to educate teenagers about drug.