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b_b  ·  125 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Overdose Deaths Reached Record Level of 72,000 in 2017, New Estimates Show

Sure the difference in AIDS is that a historically marginalized class of people were affected way more heavily everyone else. Heroin/fentanyl don't have that issue, so it's hard to imagine what could be a catalyst for people giving a shit. On the other hand, a lot of research had to go into making anti-retrovirals. With drugs we already know how to treat people, we just need to go after the social problems that cause addiction. Unfortunately one of the biggies is jobs, and politicians shitting on high paying jobs is a policy that predates Trump by decades. It's one of the few things both parties can agree on.

From that two year old interactive map you linked, there are counties in which half of young adult deaths are caused by drugs. This should be unacceptable to civilized society, and yet two years later we're still seeing drug death records every year. I don't know, man. We need some outrage over this issue. I think that and yet I don't know if I have it in me either.