There was a long held belief concerning the war on drugs was to arrest more people and lock them up using some draconian – long sentence – when it was about black people. This was dangerously unfair because it has been proven that they were supplying the heroin and crack to our communities and they did nothing. Today there has been a major shift – white people are the ones addicted. So you see what they did to black people has come home to roast – and now they call it an epidemic!
A White House task force recommended the president take “urgent” action to stem overdose deaths. It was reported that 45 is treating it as an emergency – just without an official emergency declaration, which could provide additional government resources which did not include a jail. The opioid crisis differs from national emergencies that typically follow infectious disease outbreaks or natural disasters for a set period of time. The opiod problem is about white people. However, it was not a problem when black people were addicted and dying.
The task force largely encourages a public health approach to the epidemic. The report urged Trump to broaden treatment availability by supporting the elimination of a Medicaid provision that prohibits federal money from going to residential mental health and substance-use facilities.
We all remember the devastation of the crack epidemic and the crippling heroin crisis in the black community and no one came to offer resources for treatment or recovery – but more drugs were always en-route. We know the war on drugs was created and directed a black people but today it’s a big issue and white people have so much sympathy. However, there was no sympathy for black people suffering – therefore I have no sympathy for them! And that’s my thought provoking perspectives…