The opioid epidemic is a epidemic created by greedy, heartless pharmaceutical companies. And it’s a very big business. While many see the peripheral effects in our community—crime, homelessness, etc., the real cost from my perspective is in broken tragic lives that we cast out, toss away, lives that could have been, and often could still be, productive. Some say the solution is more jails, that addicts are just weak willed. But jails aren’t the solution, they’re big business too, part of the problem. Everyone needs something meaningful to do to feel good about themselves. If we help each find that meaning, whether it’s learning a trade skill or learning to play a musical instrument we encourage the kind of spiritual growth that makes our entire community healthier. Happy New Year from Blue Oak Hill!