NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
This piece was originally about Connecticut ranking 5th in drug overdoses but I can see this problem stretches far beyond Connecticut.
I have had the opportunity to speak with several people (young and old) about their addictions. Some fell into addiction while seeking to relive back pain, and the day to day anxieties of being underpaid, jobless, one check away from unemployment, stress of providing meals and so forth. My goal is to raise awareness to solutions being lost to remedies for profit. Many have said after visiting with a doctor about anxiety, "they don't care that I'm overworked and underpaid. I'm stressed because of my life, a pill can't change the system only make me numb."
This piece is centered around various conversations. To those of you who read this piece, thank you so much for taking the time. I appreciate everyone who puts the time aside.
Gods In A Bottle
written by: Beth Tremaglio
erected like gods
to manage the masses
on the streets
society bleeds hopelessness through a needle.
Minds held hostage by a pill,
unable to think
there's an app for that
prayers come in milligrams and doses,
unable to see inner cities burning
children searching for a drug to make life bearable,
Wars on drugs
ushered in the need for higher doses?
Solutions sold for gods in a bottle.
Randomness of thoughts
Writing words, letting them live through me