It’s been awhile since I’ve posted. From midterms, to papers, to boyfriend, and to a social life. It’s been crazy, but here I am folks, and I’m not exactly happy.
The beginning of this new year has focused a lot on injustices within society. From the shooting of Michael Brown to the killing of Eric Garner. Peaceful protests and riots have risen across the country. Though the protest and riots all seem to be about one thing right now in America, other social issue are rising through the already protested issues.
From Black Lives Matter, to Transsexual Lives Matter, and All Lives Matter. Everything is starting to come out.
I myself agree with All Lives Matter, and right now I’m focusing on those who have lived with an addiction and are trying to move on with their lives. Specifically those who were once heroin addicts.
The most notable treatment for heroin addicts to kick their addiction is called Methadone. There are clinics who offer it in different areas, most of these areas are poor and drugs are present outside of them.
The other things that are present, are cops. Methadone patients are starting to be harassed by officers to become informants. There are stories of patients being stopped and held up by cops right after receiving treatment. A pair of cops pat down and harassed one woman and her friend and got away with $60 and a bottle of pills prescribed to the woman. They only did this after both of them told them that they did not want to become informants.
Why are officers harassing those who are trying to turn their life around? They’re vulnerable. They have already faced the judgements of society for their drug use, and now they’re are being harassed for trying to do the right thing.
But no one seems to bat at an eye at this. Well the the stigma around methadone doesn’t help. There are many myths about methadone, and how it is more a hindrance than a help. You can check out some myths and facts here.
These myths deter people from taking notice of the wrongful harassment of these patients. Though the issue may not be on the forefront, is does need to be talked about. 7 out of 10 patients of a Methadone clinic have seen another patient be harassed by cops.
Harassment no matter by who or for what is wrong.