Do the authorities seem to care about the drug problem in Oakland? Simple answer, no.
Based on the research opioids are a huge problem in Oakland that people should be aware of. This is true because there is a large amount of people in Oakland who are addicted to drugs and no one is doing anything about it. 47,000 people died due to opioid overdose in 2017. many of those deaths were because of heroin (LiveStories).
Young teens become easily addicted to drugs. According to the article titled, Drugs and Young People it talks about what causes young teens to become addicted to drugs, it states, “Stressful early life experiences, such child abuse, child sexual abuse and other forms of trauma. Parental exposure to alcohol or other drugs. Having peers and/or friends who use drugs” (Medlineplus.gov). These situations end up with the teen being a victim to situations that they can’t control. If people weren’t so irresponsible around others then teens wouldn’t be tempted to start using drugs. Another quote that backs up this claim is by the same article and it states, “Knowing your children’s friends. Setting limits, to teach your children self-control and responsibility, provide safe boundaries, and show them that you care” (Medlineplus.gov). These are ways that could help to prevent a teen from abusing drugs. An adolescent feeling like they are cared for is a very important feeling they should feel because usually when they don’t feel cared for or ignored they might want to do something to grab their parents attention, like using drugs.
Opioids are a main cause of homelessness in Oakland. In the article published by a website titled, Drug Rehabs in Oakland, CA which is dedicated to helping people with addiction, it talks about how the reason why lots of people are using heroine is because their doctors stop giving them prescribed meds that contain a bit of heroin and they rely on heroin that’s being sold in the streets. Because of that they end up becoming addicted to heroin and they end up being homeless. Officials counted 1,400 homeless people in 2015 (Addictioncenter.com). By now the number of homeless individuals must of risin considering that no one seems to care about this problem. Oakland resident, Vicky Flores states in her interview that on multiple occasions she has seen homeless teens who use drugs around Oakland, thus supporting the fact that there is a lot of homlessness here due to drugs.
Death and violence
According to Jose Gutierrez, an Oakland resident who has lived here for over 25 years he states, “Once I was attacked by someone who was on drugs and was escaping the police. Living here is dangerous because crazy things like this happen” (Gutierrez). Innocent people have to constantly deal with individuals who can’t control themselves and there is nothing that they can do about it but suffer. Later on in the interview he states that if the authorities cared more about this problem he wouldn’t have to deal with thinking about being attacked again. Some may argue and state that the police are doing their best to take care of the problem however, when Barnini Chakraborty interviewed Mika McCants she states, “Their answer to that is nine times out of 10, ‘If you call us and they are not harming you or your business, we are not going to come out. You can file a report online or you just need to attend the city council meeting and express it there,”(Barnini Chakraborty). The police thinks that people under the influence of drugs aren’t a threat at all and they seem to believe that dealing with them is a waste of time. This proves that there isn’t much of a possibility of the drug problem being taken cared of in the future.
In conclusion the use of opioids are a huge problem in Oakland that people should start paying attention to. This is true because no one is doing anything to solve this problem. The large usage of opioids in Oakland are causing homelessness, death, violence, and teens being tempted to use drugs. If the police don’t start doing something that will dramatically lower the usage of opioids in Oakland a couple years from now the rate of deaths and homelessness will go up by a ton. Maybe after a while Oakland won’t even be a place where anyone could live at. Currently it’s an ok place to live in but there is no way of knowing if it will ever become a more decent place to live in in the future if there isn’t anything done to fix this problem.
Gutierrez, Sugeiry, and Vicky Flores. “Drug Interview.” 2 Dec. 2019.
She sees young teens using drugs in the streets. She thinks that If police were more strict on drugs being given out there won’t be a major drug problem here. Vicky is credible because she has lived in Oakland for 16 years. Also when she was working she had to walk to her job and she would witness people on drugs in the streets.
Gutierrez, Sugeiry, and Jose Gutierrez. “Drug Interview.” 3 Dec. 2019.
People hurt others while under the influence of drugs. The government needs to do something about the drug problem or more and more people will die. living in Oakland is dangerous and scary at times. Jose has lived in Oakland for almost half of his life and has seen lots of neighborhoods and how it is there.
“Drugs and Young People.” MedlinePlus, U.S. National Library of Medicine, 2 Dec. 2019,
This article talks about what kind of drugs young people take and why. It also talks about
ways to prevent them from using them. Medlineplus is a website
Chakraborty, Barnini, and Mika McCants. “Oakland’s Homeless Stats Soar as Pressure Grows from Residents, Businesses for a Solution.” Oakland’s Homeless Stats Soar as Pressure Grows from Residents, Businesses for a Solution, 12 Nov. 2019, www.foxnews.com/us/oakland-homeless-soar-pressure-residents.
In this article it talks about the homlessness problem in Oakland. It also talks about how opioids are affecting the homelessness problem. What makes this source credible is that it was posted in November of this year.
Bezrutczyk, Destiny. “Oakland, California Alcohol and Drug Rehab – Addiction Center.” AddictionCenter, www.addictioncenter.com/rehabs/california/oakland/.
This article is about what the most used drug is in Oakland. It also talks about opioid epidemics. What makes this source credible is that this article was last edited in May of this year and the author writes a lot about opioid painkillers and drugs.
“Oakland County Opioid Death Statistics.” LiveStories, www.livestories.com/statistics/michigan/oakland-county-opioids-deaths-mortality.
This talks about how many deaths there were due to opioids up to 2017. This is credible because it has statistics of deaths up to 2017.
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