We’ve been subscribers to TIME on and off for nearly 40 years. This latest issue of TIME explores the opioid crisis in America. It’s everywhere. Yes, the tragic events at the Parkland school in Florida dominated the news outlets for the past couple of weeks, but opioids have killed hundreds of people in that time span–more than guns. As TIME shows vividly in a series of black & white photos, drug addiction is growing out of control. It cuts across class and racial lines. It afflicts young and old.
My takeaway from this grim Special Issue of TIME is we need to do something now. Forget the military parades and hoopla. Concentrate on prevention and rehabilitation. And that increased effort should have started years ago. This country is in Deep Shit.