The war against drugs has been a constant struggle within the United States since President Richard Nixon declared “War on Drugs” in 1971 “America’s public enemy number one in the United States is drug abuse. In order to fight and defeat this enemy, it is necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive(Sharp, 1994, p.1).” Every day, all law enforcement agencies use all investigative resources to track down how to whittle down the demand for drug abuse but despite the many success stories that take place – it is still a constant struggle to overcome the Opioid epidemic that has left a good majority of parents frightened and their children stuck in the midst of this disease we call: Addiction.
The FBI and DEA released a educational documentary called Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict. The purpose of exhibiting this film is to raise awareness directly aimed at the youth.
“This film may be difficult to watch,” explains FBI Director James Comey, “but we hope it educates our students and young adults about the tragic consequences that come with abusing these drugs and that it will cause people to think twice before becoming its next victim.”
According to Acting DEA Administrator Chuck Rosenberg, “The numbers are appalling – tens of thousands of Americans will die this year from drug-related deaths, and more than half of these deaths are from heroin and prescription opioid overdoses. I hope this [documentary] will be a wakeup call for folks.”