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ADRIENNE ANDREWS, special to the Standard-Examiner

jenna haze porn tube I find myself pondering the difference between a crisis and a war. According to the dictionary, a crisis is “a time of intense difficulty, trouble or danger.” Contrast this with the dictionary’s definition of war, “a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state,” and perhaps you will begin to ponder along with me about what these terms mean and when should be applied.

vanna white nude pics When watching the news, reading the paper or scanning blogs online, I hear about the “opioid crisis in America.” At first the focus was on rural communities, but it now extends to cities and suburbs. The crisis describes the rapid increase in use and abuse of heroin and its accessible cousins most often found in pain relief prescription medications such as oxycodone, Vicodin and fentanyl.

shemale on female sex According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, opioid users are typically white women who received prescriptions from their physicians for pain relief. The drugs affect the pain receptors in the brain, and users indicate pain relief, which might be from physical pain, a sense of emptiness or the reality of everyday life.

mom licking daughters pussy Once users were no longer able to receive prescriptions from a doctor to address their pain, they turned to street drugs, such as heroin or other synthetics. There is no significant growth in abuse rates among nonwhite Hispanics and African-Americans. Some believe this is because prescribing doctors were not concerned about prescriptions or abuse of the pills by their white female patients, so the problem went unreported.

see my naked wife Opioid addiction has not only devastated families and communities, but also has negatively impacted the economy, according to Goldman Sachs. Today, government leaders are arguing that it is a health crisis that must be resolved.

free black guys porn Contrast this imagery with the war on drugs. A child of the early 1980s, I remember clearly the transformation of law enforcement agents from police officers to people who looked like military service members. The war on drugs was aimed at the dealers and users of street drugs, notably a cheap form of cocaine called crack. Cheaper than cocaine, and accessible to multiple audiences, the drug quickly flooded the market. Use and abuse was rampant due to the intense high, large profits and low price.

male celeb nude fakes The impacts were devastating, with cocaine addiction skyrocketing in low-income areas. Crime increased, babies were born addicted to the substance and families were destroyed. Use of crack spread through large cities and within a decade was accessible across most of the United States. The result was swift — in the form of a war — by law enforcement agents who arrested users and dealers. The most aggressive drug sentencing laws were instituted, impacting minorities disproportionately. And the war continued.

asian american teens nude So, why was one situation a war and the other a crisis? One way of thinking is about this is considering “who” was being impacted. During the war on drugs, the focus was on the low-income and the communities with large minority populations. The impacts were largely segregated by community — meaning, those with resources had the ability to remain outside the war zone (including some users), while those who were innocent bystanders had no safe place to turn or, forced by circumstance, were participants in the activities.

free superhead porn videos Our current situation, the opioid crisis, has been packaged as impacting everyone, and in this case, that includes people with resources. It is just as easy to find someone on the street using opioids as it is in your own safe, suburban home. This is where I find an ambivalence about personal responsibility.

www 89 com sex In the war on drugs, the individual was personally responsible. In the opioid crisis, we are all responsible.

jenna haze porn pics I point this out not because I think we should not end addiction. I point this out because our focus should be ending addiction for everyone.

live free sex chats As we move forward making new policy, developing new programs and addressing future issues, I hope we can begin to focus on the humanity of those involved rather than the identity of those needing help.

very young amateur porn Adrienne Andrews is Weber State University’s chief diversity officer. Twitter: @AdieAndrewsCDO.

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