From: Who Killed the Knapp Family? https://nyti.ms/37Qan0AWe Americans are locked in political combat and focused on President Trump, but there is a cancer gnawing at the nation that predates Trump and is larger than him. Suicides are at their highest rate since World War II; one child in seven is living with a parent suffering from substance abuse; a baby is born every 15 minutes after prenatal exposure to opioids; America is slipping as a great power.
We have deep structural problems that have been a half century in the making, under both political parties, and that are often transmitted from generation to generation. Only in America has life expectancy now fallen three years in a row, for the first time in a century, because of “deaths of despair.”
Basically an article detailing how a rural Oregon family got wiped out over the course of a few decades by drug abuse and joblessness.
It would be in character for me to delight in them dropping dead but this is an issue that affects us all. I know many young liberals who lost their lives or struggle with substance abuse. They would have helped others if they could have helped themselves.
So what do we do to fix this?