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 alternative high school where we do our classes online. Next year i will be going back to a typical high school.
Opioids are pills that can kill the people who take them . Some people get them off the streets and some people get them prescribed . The pills make people feel good and they are very easy to get. They are very addicting and find people are dying from overdosing. The drug releases dopamine and that is what makes them feel good. This addiction is now a national epidemic.It is affecting regular people.
This is not a easy solution but if we continue to talk about it more people would be aware about this dangerous drug. Doctors should not prescribe these pills so quickly.We should make treatment easier for people to access. The government should consider laws to protect people from losing their job if they go to treatment because the people are scared to ask for help because of these awful laws.
We as a nation should work to remove the stigma of addiction so people are less scared to get help . People that are struggling with addiction need more access to treatment options . Also we need better or more mental health services for people struggling with anxiety or depression.
Please consider thinking about the national epidemic of opioids. Our nation depends on this.
– Thank you, Angela
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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!
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: https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/index.html
Overall, this post is very well written and has lots of persuasive points. Great work in bringing attention to this issue!
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.
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. https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates
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.
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. https://www.painnewsnetwork.org/stories/2017/10/18/what-is-opioid-use-disorder 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.