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By Matthew Rusling

Ellicott City Omar Gonzalez USA Jersey , Maryland, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Barbara Allen lost a son, a niece and a brother all to the same killer - drug addiction.

Her son James (or Jimmy or Jim, as she calls him) died in 2003 of a heroin overdose at age 35. Her niece Amanda committed suicide in 2010, at age 25, due to issues stemming from heroin addiction. And her brother, when he was 36, was murdered by a woman who was high on meth.

"Previous to Jimmy dying, my brother Bill was murdered. He had the same disease (of drug addiction). A former friend of his came back into his life, she was tweaking out on crystal meth, got my father's shotgun and shot my brother to death," she says.

"In 2010, my gorgeous niece Amanda was struggling with heroin, had gone through a detox program, was struggling three weeks later and died by suicide," she says, describing how the young woman, in the prime of her life, shot herself in the head. Amanda was overwhelmed and isolated, which all stemmed from a heroin addiction.

Allen now runs James' Place Inc., an advocacy organization that aims to help battle addiction, at a time when the United States is seeing the worst drug addiction problem in its history. The problem is affects millions of Americans and their families, and is likely to get worse.

Indeed, researchers, recovering addicts and others with whom Xinhua has spoken said the drug addiction problem has moved up the socio-economic ladder, and is no longer only a problem of inner cities. Rather, it has hit middle class families hard and moved into wealthy suburbs and rural areas nationwide.

The U.N. Office of Drugs and Crime finds that heroin use is at its highest level in the last 20 years. The number of users has doubled since the year 2000, according to government figures.

Over 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2015, according to a December report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which contains the most recent available statistics. The number surpassed, for the first time ever, the number of gun deaths in the United States.

Sitting in her living room in front of a piano in an upper-middle-class home in an upper-middle-class suburban neighborhood, Allen tells of the horrors that drugs have inflicted on her family.

"These three, Jim, Bill and Amanda, really are the reason I made the decision to enter into the fray," she says.

"When Jim died in 2003, I just assumed that people were going to die, there's nothing you can do." But once she started researching the laws and history of the U.S. drug problem, "I got really angry. So I entered into the world of advocacy," she says.

She shows this reporter photos of her son, niece and brother. James, her son, looks like any normal young man in the United States, with strawberry blond hair, clear eyes, clear skin and smiling in a photo. Her niece looks like a film star, and this reporter mistakenly thought he was being shown a photo of famed actress Carry Fisher, of the Star Wars series, in her younger years. Allen's brother is wearing a green U.S. army uniform.

None of them appear to fit the stereotype of drug addicts depicted in Hollywood - those living in inner city ghettos, running with organized crime figures and getting in shoot outs and cars chases with cops. And in this reporter's research and talks with recovering drug addicts, none of those he spoke to fit those stereotypes.

"There's no barrier to where drugs show up," Allen says. "Education, socio-economic, spiritual, race, religion, there is no place to hide," she says, explaining that drugs are everywhere in the United States.

"We live in a lovely neighborhood, with really wonderful friends and all that, and yet if you were to take a poll in this neighborhood, you would find it's very rare that there's a family that's not been affected by some substance related loss," she says.


Allen and others - researchers, recovering drug addicts and medical professionals with whom this reporter spoke - all believe the epidemic is going to get worse.

"Is the epidemic going to get worse? The answer is unequivocally yes," she says.

"More drugs are coming into the country. So the numbers are increasing. A couple of years ago we would talk about 44 thousand people dying a year. Today we're moving into 62, 63 thousand dying a year. And those are the ones who die. That doesn't include the overdoses who survive. That doesn't include the 20 plus million suffering from the disease."

"More will die," she says.

"It's not about a wall (between the U.S. and) Mexico, because the drugs are coming in from so many different ways, and not just from Mexico," she said, referring to U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to build a wall on the border, partially for the purpose of keeping out drugs.

"They come from an airplane from Thailand. They come in the water in submarines. They come inside beef - living cows that come across the border and they've got drugs in them - they come in all kinds of ways," she says.

There's also a new trend among suppliers to market cheaper, synthetic drugs in a bid to make a higher profit margin -- even though those drugs are many times more deadly.

"We are also moving from plant-based drugs like heroine to the synthetics, like fentanyl," she said. "Those are chemically based. They can be made very cheaply (in a lab). They don't have to be harvested and processed and packaged in the same way as heroin or morphine or cocaine," she says.

"And they (the drugs) are getting more deadly. That' s one of the critical issues," she says.

Indeed, fentanyl and other synthetic drugs represent what researchers call the next wave of the drug crisis, and are being sold and used increasingly in the United States. Unlike heroin, which comes from a plant, fentanyl is created solely in aI'm not sure if you've see. Cheap Authentic Jerseys   Cheap Jerseys China Free Shipping   Cheap College Hockey Jerseys   Cheap Wholesale MLB Jerseys   Cheap New NFL Jerseys   Cheap NCAA Baseball Jerseys   Cheap Nike NBA Jerseys   Wholesale Jerseys China   Wholesale NFL Jerseys   Wholesale NFL Jerseys

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