According to sources, the young 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller died this Friday from an overdose. He was found at his home in California and found dead. On the day he died, he was arrested for driving under influence. What we need to talk about how to prevent this from happening and how to tackle addiction in our society better.
But people in Hollywood, like Demi Lovato, have been prone to be addicted to drugs and alcohol. It might be due to internal mental issues they’re facing or it might be their hectic life as a musician in the industry that leads to this lifestyle. Mac Miller’s death has certainly put many in shock.
I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken. God bless him.
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
Unreal. So sad. RIP Mac Miller ❤️
— Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes) September 7, 2018
this hurts my heart man RIP bro @MacMiller
— Khalid (@thegreatkhalid) September 7, 2018
I was just talking to u last night… We were supposed to shoot the conversation video on Wednesday. I love you, thank you for changing my life. RIP @MacMiller
— Cole Bennett (@_ColeBennett_) September 7, 2018
Addiction in America
It’s no shocking news to know that many people are addicted to either drugs or alcohol or both these days. in 2014, According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 21.5 million of American adults face an addiction of some sort in their life. So it’s certainly a dire issue. And from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration about 8 million American adults battled both a mental health disorder and substance use disorders. It’s clear that there’s certainly a connection between mental health problems and addiction.
Prevention of Addiction
In the disconnected world of today, it’s easier to rely on these substances excessively than to find someone real out there who genuinely cares about you. Maybe we should stop labeling addiction as a crime but rather as a disease that we need to solve together.
We see someone battling serious mental issues or problems and we see them getting addicted. Just because they get addicted, we feel like there’s no hope left and there’s nothing we can do to help them. But maybe we can try. As a collective society, it is our moral duty to face these serious and complex issues together. If we keep shunning the addicts out, why will they ever want to stay with us? Won’t they just keep getting farther and farther away? And before we know it, like Mac Miller, they would have left us forever.
Maybe it’s a Disease, Not A Crime
We need to realize that people getting addicted have no control over themselves. Whatever mental issues they were escaping from using these harmful substances, ended up bringing them more pain at the end. Certainly, these people didn’t want to intentionally put themselves in more pain, they just wanted to get out. Perhaps, they had no one to turn to and they became indifferent to their own well-being. And no one was around to tell them there are still other ways.
If someone is down with flu, we wouldn’t say that it’s their fault. We would say that the patient had no control over it and we would extend our sympathy and support to that. It’s obvious you can’t do this with every drug addict, some may use addiction as an excuse to carry out behavior that harms others intentionally. But the majority are just people who are tired of their mental strains and need something to help them get out.
As a collective, our governments should plan better schemes to help those addicted. As an entire nation, we need to give these people the benefit of the doubt and try understanding them rather than just going out on the offense right from the start.
If we don’t, there will be more cases like Mac Miller’s. We need to be better and ensure this doesn’t happen again. Instead of blaming people for Mac Miller’s death, like people are blaming his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, we need to figure out how to better prevent addiction by being a better society. Rest in peace Mac Miller!