Historically, the addictive process has gained increasing professional and public awareness as do many matters of public health and safety by the outcry of mothers. A great example of this is MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) whose organization and efforts successfully challenged legislatures and courts to address the irresponsibility and illness long unrecognized in society resulting in damage, harm and fatality. The criminalization of driving under the influence of alcohol, or other substances as the legislation naturally evolved, setting the stage for mandated treatment alongside penalties determined by repetition and severity.
Prevention, intervention and treatment for drug use has followed woefully behind in those matters concerning alcohol. Drug users are clearly stigmatized as “something worse” than alcohol users, and deserving less attention due to the “moral deficiency” and waste of funds and resources implicit in that dispute. Again mothers are those who lead the charge for reform and balance in modern society. Illicit drug use and social response its corresponding irresponsibility and illness is rallying mothers whose kid’s lives have been lost or compromised by drugs. Moms United to End the War on Drugs is one of many. A recent article about them published by NPR (National Public Radio) may be found at their website (URL = http://n.pr/1S7fbAX)
Org: Moms United to End the War on Drugs.
URL to NPR Article: http://n.pr/1S7fbAX