Summary and Reflection: This Wall Street Journal video, journalists Robert Libetti and Adya Beasley chronicled the devastating impact of opioid abuse. The story of four families touched by the epidemic. These families are involved in front line of devastating effects of opioids. Love ones are lost in addiction or just completely gone, sadly. Being able to see these family's struggle because of these drugs really is sad. Even just getting the chance of seeing the background of these people’s lives and how personable it is, really makes it more heartfelt and you see the family broken, not just the one person consuming these drugs. Opioids don’t just take down the one’s consuming them, they ripple out effects to family and even friends. MLA Citation: “American Epidemic: The Nation's Struggle With Opioid Addiction.” YouTube, 3 Jan. 2017, youtu.be/nNj89ohoYQ0.
Macklemore shares his perspective on the opioid addiction epidemic plaguing America during a White House panel on the issue. Macklemore, a well known artist that opens up about his past. He talks about the earlier on stages of his career. When Macklemore was just that kid who did drugs and rapped. His road to recover was so positive and now he is so much more successful with his music and even healthier. He got out of that opioids lifestyle and realized that these drugs would just be detrimental to his future. My hope is that more people find a path to recover and come to the realization. Opioids only cause problems and there's so much more to life than consuming these deadly drugs. MLA Citation: “Macklemore Opens Up about Drug Addiction and Recovery.” YouTube, 6 Oct. 2016, youtu.be/4YtjNNbcSc0.
Summary and Reflection: Over the last year, photographer James Nachtwey set out to document the opioid crisis in America through the people on its front lines, traveling the country gathering stories from users, families, first responders and others at the heart of the epidemic.This photojournalism source called The Opioid Diaries is a visual record of a national emergency. This source really touches my heart cause the collage of photos really shows more behind the scenes of this epidemic.You see the drug users and families in pain from either there death or overdose. It is terrifying because these photos are taken from all around. People are losing their loved ones to these drugs that just consume there future. Children are becoming affected because of having a parent that consumes these and are even born addicted themselves to harsh drugs. Even the innocence is being toleted with these substance, enough is enough. MLA Citation: Nachtwey, James. “See Inside the Worst Opioid Addiction Crisis in U.S. History.” Time, Time, time.com/james-nachtwey-opioid-addiction-america/.
Summary and Reflection: The opinionated article by Sam Quinones starts off with a strong perception of a high supply of opioids and guns. In summary they concluded that the supply is too easy to get ahold of. And due to this, it has become a problem of overdosing, promotion by drug companies, prescribed by doctors, demanded by many has led to a national explosion of addiction and death. In comparison of both of the high supplied objects they both have done too much damage and in conclusion something needs to stop the supply. My outlook towards this epidemic is so negative because the people taking advantage get cut off from the pain pills as a step to help. Yet the black market is poisoning the addicts with a more cheap and deadlier drug such as heroin and fentanyl. It feels as if you take one step forward you get pushed back two more. Finding a way around these dilemma needs to happen soons before this world wide crisis gets too big. MLA Citation: Quinones, Sam. “Guns and Opioids Are American Scourges Fueled by Availability.” The New York Times, The New York Times, 24 Feb. 2018, www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/opinion/sunday/guns-opioids-availability.html.
Summary and Reflection: My example of a source was a song. The artist is a well known R&B singer. The artist is an artist that even plays on the radio. The beat sounds upbeat in the song yet the lyrics aren't quiet the same. The lyrics involve the influences to a drug reference such as; cocaine. Songs such as these promote drugs and it is found in a lot of new music now, especially for teens type of music. I feel that type of music with foul lyrics have an influence on naive teenagers. And I know that music is the “cool” music and I know i listen to some of it myself. Yet I believe it has an affect on certain people. And children shouldn't be exposed to music like this and easily accessible like being on the radio. MLA Citation: Weeknd, The. Starboy.
Summary and Reflection: This source includes an article about opioids and really describe exactly are. Opioids are a class of drugs that include illegal drugs such as heroin, synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, and pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Opioids really affect the body's nerve cells with the body and brain. The opioids that are used as prescription drugs are good when used in a spread out amount of time, yet these opioids are being misused which is common. This makes me feel so sad because the amount of opioids prescribed as a prescription is a very high amount especially in the US, which remains the highest. One out of five patients are using opioids. If one was to really step back and think about that, it is an insanely high amount. There needs to be more precautions taken when prescribing drugs to this amount of damage. MLA Citation: Abuse, National Institute on Drug. “Opioids.” NIDA, www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids.