On Thursday’s episode of “The Truth,” Dennis Michael Lynch and political analyst Harlan Hill reported on the rising drug epidemic in America.
The use of heroin has increased five-fold since 2002, DML reported. Currently, 3.8 million adults in the United States have tried heroin and around 2 million are addicted to it.
In the past year, overdoses were up 14 percent, which includes both heroin and pain medications.
The show covered a story of two children who found their parents dead of drug overdoses in their bedroom. The father was a pilot for Spirit Airlines. DML pointed out that the Federal Aviation Administration conducts annual physicals on personnel, but that drug tests are not included in this.
Harlan pointed out that drug addiction impacts everyone — not just people in certain income brackets.
Sterling Beard, the editor of Campus Reform, told DML that drug use occurring on college campuses is dangerous, and that illegally obtained prescription drugs are being used by students who want to stay awake longer so they can study for tests. He said “binge drinking” is also a huge problem, but colleges aren’t tackling the issue.
DML quoted a survey by LendUSA that said nearly 7 percent of college kids with student loans are using that money to buy drugs, and 24 percent are using loan money to buy alcohol.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that over 33,000 people died of drug overdoses in 2015.
“The Truth with Dennis Michael Lynch” live-streams weeknights @ 8:30 p.m. ET on the DML website. This is a must-watch segment:
“The Truth with Dennis Michael Lynch” live-streams weeknights @ 8:30 p.m. ET on the DML website.
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