Wellness & Well-being Highlights
Week of December 18, 2022
This week’s edition of our Worker Wellness & Well-being blog consists of topics from the homelessness crisis in the USA to the lowering of life expectancy in the USA to, once again, the impact of fentanyl on our society. Today, I wish to highlight the articles pertaining to how synthetic drugs (i.e., fentanyl and meth) are being weaponized by countries like China and Mexico to destroy communities from within. This blog has provided dozens of articles over the past year indicating how our loved ones are dying all around us…this scourge knows no boundaries! To this end, it is important to keep in mind that we reap what we sow. Our free market economy way of life continues to push manufacturers to seek lower costs and higher earnings. Often these producers must move production overseas in order to cut labor costs, etc. In turn, as consumers seek cheaper goods, we gut the backbone of our cities and towns: good paying jobs with benefits. Some experts suggest that China is exacting revenge for the Opium Wars (over 100 years ago) by leveraging the new idleness in these (rural) locales. America must reframe the concepts of addiction and recovery if we are to stem the tide of overdose deaths in this country!
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