Last night on Southern Justice “All in the Family,” Deputy Josh “Hoppy” Hopkins allows an up-close and personal look into his family’s own personal battles with prescription drugs. Growing up in an area that suffers from extreme economic and emotional depression with one of the highest suicide rates in the state, Deputy Hopkins rose above the same temptations that pulled his sister, Wendy, in a very different direction. Deputy Hopkins now struggles with how to hold his family together despite his sister’s drug addiction, making his “tough love” approach to the law more difficult than ever.
Prescription drug abuse is a hidden crisis in the United States, becoming more common and more deadly each year. In 2011 alone, 55% of drug overdose deaths in the United States were directly related to pharmaceutical drugs–74% of which were opioids. While law enforcement is putting pressure on medical professionals to tighten up on prescribing narcotics, abusers have found a way to get around the barriers of the law. “Doctor Shopping” is just one of the loop holes in the system in which abusers ‘shop’ several doctors at a time to obtain multiple prescriptions of popular drugs like opioids, depressants and stimulants. While some states have made an effort to nip prescription drug abuse in the bud by implementing laws specifically targeting doctor shopping, others rely on “general” legislation to get the job done.
Catch Southern Justice “All in the Family” again on SATURDAY OCT 11 at 8P.