If you look in your local newspaper under "police blotters" you are bound to see plenty of burglaries, thefts, and robberies. They seem to be increasing in every suburb across America. I hear it all the time, “This town used to be so nice, but you wouldn't believe how bad it has become.” Towns in the United States that once held “Safest City in America” tags are now having locals locking their homes and cars. Not all thefts and robberies are because of drugs, but statistically drug addiction is a major cause for them. Prescription drug addiction is a major problem when pharmacies are being robbed not for their money, but their medication. This proves how strong drug addiction can be, when people are going straight to the source.
What starts out as recreational use, or Doctor prescribed medication can quickly turn into an out of control addiction. Opiate withdrawal causes tremendous feelings of depression, anxiety, and irritability. The emotional pain quickly turns physical as the body starts going through withdrawal which may include vomiting, diarrhea, the sweats and the overall feeling of misery. Knowing that opiates will stop the withdrawals (normally within minutes) is a huge problem for addicts because the solution is very easy. Ingesting more opiates will make the addict feel "normal" and this will cause rational people to make irrational decisions in order to obtain more drugs to stop the withdrawals.
You may have a friend or family member that has been in trouble with the law due to their addiction. Addiction becomes expensive as tolerance builds, and savings is quickly depleted. Once the money is gone, the next thing to go is normally the jewelry. With pawn shops in many towns and cities across the US, it's easy to get quick cash. When addicts run out of things to sell, that's when they start to steal.
Normally addicts will steal from friends and family first. Psychologically they feel they won't get in as much trouble for their actions if they are caught. I've spoken to many addicts over the years, and I've heard many times that addicts going through withdrawal will do almost anything to get more drugs, including harming or robbing others. I've heard both men and women admit that they have prostituted themselves, and have done things they never imagined they would. This causes a vicious cycle. The drug they committed a crime, or an act they to obtain the drugs causes them to feel depressed, sad, and upset. Using the drug makes the bad feelings go away. When they run out again, the cycle continues. This is the reality of the downward spiral and emptiness that opiates provide. The feelings that opiates give are just temporary, and will not solve any problems. Taking more opiates to feel better is a problem that will end with death or jail. The choices that addicts make today will affect them for the rest of their life. If you or someone you know is addicted to opiates get medical help immediately before it's too late.