Matt: What’s up everybody this is Matt and Greg with Project Unbroken. Do us a favor and hit that subscribe button and please share this video.
Greg and I are trying to get a little bit of our experience with drug addiction out there in an effort to maybe help somebody who’s dealing with it today. News report out.
Greg: Yeah. So the CDC is reporting, this was two days ago, March 6th, 2018. Overdoses kill about five people every hour across the U.S. with victims totaling 5400 more in 2016 than soldiers who died during the Vietnam War. The entire Vietnam War.
Matt: Yeah. That’s insane. That’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. Five every hour.
Greg: You know, these news stories just keep coming out about the increases in overdoses and the increasing use, and how many people it’s killing. Yet, what’s being done about it?
Matt: Yeah. That, well I think maybe that, you know, I don’t think a lot of people understand this. We’re fighting this the wrong way. I don’t know the answer to it, I really don’t, but we’re not doing something right.
Greg: Well you start by fucking stopping writing so many God damn prescriptions for every little thing.
Matt: Yeah. That’s absolutely-
Greg: And you know Trump called a National health emergency on this opioid epidemic yet he hasn’t put anything in place. He’s asked for no funding or anything for it yet. Nothing’s being done yet.
Matt: No. No, and Jeff [Sessions 00:01:18] is still saying that marijuana’s the issue. Like, it’s definitely a problem. I think that it needs to be attacked in a hundred different directions, but it’s crazy because I see reports out of different states all across the U.S.
Everyone’s like my area’s really getting hit hard right now. Everybody is. It’s everybody. Every area. My fiance’s a nurse here in Delaware, she’s like, “It’s insane.” Like it’s just almost like every hour somebody’s coming in.
Greg: It’s not just the overdose rates going up, it’s people going to hospitals for overdoses where they don’t die and just, it’s crazy. I mean it’s out of control.
I read a stat the other day, in the ’80s when the crack epidemic hit, the death rate was two per 100,000 people. During that time Vice President Bush called in help from like the National Guard and the CIA or something like that.
Today’s opioid epidemic, the average is 10.3 per 200,000, so five times more. In some states it’s up to 40 per 100,000 people. So, it’s way beyond what the crack epidemic was back in the ’80s, which was a horrible epidemic. This is like a drug epidemic we’ve never seen before.
Matt: Yeah. No, it’s a huge issue. I think raising awareness about it in general is, you know one of the key starting points, because a lot of people don’t want to talk about it or they don’t think it’s a big deal. I know a lot of people, oh my uncle has an issue with it or you know my cousin has an issue with it. Everybody knows somebody that has an issue with it now, and if you don’t, then you just haven’t found out about it yet.
Greg: Yeah. So, we’re hoping that, you know we’re going to keep putting out stuff like this on news stories because we want people to start getting the picture. This needs more attention. This is something that people need to pay more attention to.
Matt: It’s touching every community. It’s affecting our society in general. So I think it’s going to take a lot from everybody to kind of come together so we can fix this thing.
Greg: Alright so comment below. Let us know what you think about this issue. What should be done? What should be done, you know what should we be doing as a country, or even you know, it’s a problem around the world but especially in America. What should we be doing? Let us know, comment, subscribe and we’ll see you all in the next video.