America is in the middle of its deadliest drug crisis ever. With all the other news going on, it can be easy to lose track of this fact. But it’s true: In 2015, more than 52,000 people died of drug overdoses, nearly two-thirds of which were linked to opioids like Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl.
The norms of ordinary social convention include the expectation that adults respect each other’s rights to make their own decisions and maintain their individuality, even in close relationships. The closer the relationship, the more fluid are the lines that separate us from each other. However, most people still prefer that their intimate partners allow them to retain at least some privacy.
In December 2016, the New York Times ran the headline, “Drug 85 Times as Potent as Marijuana Caused a ‘Zombielike’ State in Brooklyn.” The article described a “mass casualty event” in which emergency medical service (EMS) workers were called to a Brooklyn intersection to aid “multiple people” shuffling about in a confused “zombielike” state.