The blame game: Addiction is destroying our communities

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by BA 50 Views

In 2011, Big Cregg, who helped found Positive Directions, won a Jefferson Award for his outstanding work in the Bayview Hunters Point Community meeting people where they’re at in the addiction and recovery process and helping them find safety and change. Positive Directions Equals Change is a peaceful, open minded place for people in the neighborhood looking for support in drug and alcohol recovery. by Big Cregg& The proliferation of fentanyl in inner cities, including San Francisco, has brought death and addiction. Who or what is to blame? Some say it is America’s insatiable consumer demand for illicit drugs and the constant flow of our guns, which arm the cartels. Others say it is the pharmaceutical industry.& Either way, addiction is destroying communities of color and the disenfranchised through the cycle of fentanyl, Narcan and buprenorphine, all for the benefit of the pharmaceutical industry, leaving treatment deserts.& Fentanyl and crystal methamphetamine, toxic synthetic opioids, do not come from the poppy fields in Columbia or Afghanistan: They are manufactured right here in America. As reported by the San Francisco Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, 699 people died from overdoses in 2020. Big Cregg with Cedric from Westside Community Health making...