As a family that is going through and will be dealing with, the effects of substance abuse (illegal and others) for the forseeability future and most likely the rest of out lives. This subject is emotional for all and impacts on family / friends and society as a whole.
A parent does not expect to outlive their children and nor do they wish to to watch them suffer while they are alive. Attending ICU and keeping ones sibling alive on numerous occasions with the hope that one they will come out the other side is sole destroying. The helplessness of the whole situation is at times, beyond comprehension. *ONLY those people directly involved will ever understand.
Substance abuse is just that and covers many things.
As to how it should be managed - I reserve my comments; as they are brutal and emotionally charged........
As a flow on to the disparity and the impact on society.
Read the following and say a prayer for all parties: