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Unmarried and divorced men bear brunt of opioid deaths
The number of Americans who die due to drug overdose has more than doubled since 2015, with over 100,000 deaths in 2021.
And, tragically, 2022 is set to break that record.
Many of these deaths have come from the skyrocketing rise of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid manufactured in China and smuggled into the U.S. through Mexico.
Fentanyl is now the leading cause of death among adults aged 18-45.
And adults are not the only ones in danger, however. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, cartels increasingly target younger children and teens.
Now we’re hearing more and more about fentanyl that is rainbow colored. To many children, it looks no different from Skittles and M&M’s.
Many look to policymakers in Washington and in state and local governments to address this continuing opioid crisis, and specifically the rise of fentanyl.
But addressing the smuggling of these drugs into the U.S. through Mexico is unlikely to be addressed anytime soon, as the Biden Administration’s inaction and lack of concern for the drastic issues we are facing at our border has been evident.
While most of his discussions center around the usual policy cop outs of government programs and spending, I think it’s worth considering that what we’re seeing might reflect a moral and cultural crisis.
According to multiple national, state, and independent studies, drug overdose deaths are primarily men and those who are not married.
For instance, a study by the National Library of Medicine, never married and divorced individuals made up about 32 percent of the population but accounted for 71 percent of all opioid overdose deaths.
There’s a price to be paid when a society forsakes the spiritual for the purely material – and when traditional institutions, such as marriage and generational family, are abandoned. It could be that as generational family and conjugal marriage break down, the first victims of this abandonment of spirit and tradition are our young men.
Addressing this crisis will not just require increased law enforcement and public health action. Addressing this fentanyl crisis will require us, as a society, to change our culture for the better, especially when it comes to conjugal marriage.
Conjugal marriage is, after all, an institution, aimed at permanence, selflessness, commitment, and stability. It has the potential of transforming people’s lives for the better.
And while marriage itself will not guarantee that there still won’t be individuals who sadly succumb to addiction and death, it clearly is a crucial component of keeping souls from wavering down those darker roads.
Transgender athletes are a threat to women’s sports
President Joe Biden proposed changes to Title IX recently, including strengthened protection for transgender student-athletes. This initiative sparked debate within a House of Representatives subcommittee over whether transgender women should have the right to compete in women’s sports. Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker believes that allowing transgender women to compete in women’s sports is
Biden losing support of Black Americans, identity politics is to blame
In exit polls from the 2020 U.S. presidential elections, 87% of Black American voters reported voting for Joe Biden. Today, however, Biden’s overwhelming endorsement by Black voters is beginning to erode. Recently, as many as 20% of Black voters told pollsters that they would consider voting for Donald Trump. Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker
Embrace the blessing of living in a free nation under God
This Thanksgiving, as conflicts unfold in Ukraine and Israel, Americans are actively exercising their freedom of speech through protests. Unlike Russia and China, which restrict their citizens from freely expressing their political opinions, the United States remains a beacon of free expression. Straight Arrow News contributor Star Parker emphasizes that, amidst the global turmoil, Americans
The government needs to slash SNAP welfare spending
Millions of people in the U.S. receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, commonly referred to as food stamps. SNAP spending has jumped to $127 billion from $63 billion in 2019, making it one of the largest welfare programs in the country. Amidst ongoing budget negotiations in Congress, there are discussions about modifying the program’s
Pro-life Republicans cannot give up the fight after Ohio loss
Republicans nationwide have long campaigned against abortion. But in the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, a surprising number of red states are now passing laws or amendments to protect abortion access, despite consistent efforts by red state legislatures to prevent that from happening. Ohio recently joined that list of states
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