Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Is the Outrage for the Loss of Life to Drugs?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Is the Outrage for the Loss of Life to Drugs?

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Looking at the lifeless bodies of Romeo and Juliet, the Prince of Verona expresses outrage, knowing that he has lost "a brace of kinsmen." Despondent, he blames himself for "winking at their discords," for his lack of involvement in the feud between the Montagues and Capulets.

Similarly, we Americans have lost a generation of kinsmen. Last year alone, the United States lost more than 20,000 people, including many young adults, to synthetic opioids ("A Wider Drug Threat," Oct. 16), and last year, we here in Allegheny County lost 650 of our kinsmen to drug overdoses. Where is the outrage?

Young adults, seeking relief from the pain of sports injuries, risk addiction. Young people, wanting to appear "cool" among their peers, seek the euphoria of drug highs. …

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