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    Dear leaders of America ,


       I am a 16 year old girl living in Austin, Texas. My family is very important to me. I have two brothers and two sisters . We spend a lot of time together . I attend an alt

    Opioid Crisis

    Dear leaders of America ,      I am a 16 year old girl living in Austin, Texas. My family is very important to me. I have two brothers and two sisters . We spend a lot of time together...

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    • The way you mention “this addiction is a national epidemic” really gives your argument depth. Why do you think that it is a big problem, like what from your life has made it a big issue for you? I think if you added specific information about opioid addiction, like statistics on how many people it affects, you could add a lot of validity to your discussion. Here is an article to help you out. I understand the affects and damage they cause because my parents are doctors and often have to talk about making the choice to prescribe opioids to their patients. But, since they are very addictive, they try to avoid needing them.

    • I like how you called on “we as a nation” to end stigma surrounding addiction. No one talks about the risks of attending rehab, but it is true that we should have laws protecting those who reach out for help. I also appreciate how you gave an overview of some of the causes of opioid addiction, as well as sources from which be obtain these drugs.

    • When you mention, “We as a nation should work to remove the stigma of addiction so people are less scared to get help” is a very powerful idea and it adds a more personal tone to your argument as a whole. How would you suggest that we, as a society work to remove this stigma and how much of an impact do you think this would have on the epidemic as a whole. Try and add some statistics or numerical data to help support your argument, here is a link that might help.

    • Anjela, you bring up a critical issue in today’s world. The opioid crisis is raging around us, yet it feels as if nothing is being done. Throughout your post, you make good points on why this crisis is hurting the nation and its people. Your solutions to such problems also exhibit a deep understanding of the issue. And though you make a compelling argument, statistics or stories on the effects of opioids might add more weight to your case. The National Institute of Drug Abuse is a reliable source for such topics.

    • I love how you address the “leaders of America” in order to imply that change must be made. You have some interesting facts, but listing statistics could make you argument more convincing. Another way to make your writing more compelling would be by including how the opioid crisis has affected you personally. If it hasn’t had a direct impact on you, how might it affect you or you children in the future? Here is a link that may help with some statistics:

      Overall, this post is very well written and has lots of persuasive points. Great work in bringing attention to this issue!

    • Hi Anjela,
      I would just like to thank you for writing such a heartfelt note about the opioid crisis. It has become such a serious problem in our country, and it’s incredibly frustrating that the people who have the power to change it don’t seem to care. I agree that the stigma around opioids and addiction, in general, is what leads to so many people ignoring the problem. I look forward to reading more from you in the future!


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