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In his quote, Mills is saying that making assumptions about an individual will never be correct unless you understand the history and background of the said individual. This can also be interpreted in the opposite way, you’ll never fully understand a society until you understand those who have lived in it and what the history of the society is. Thinking about this quote in the perspective of opioid addiction, you need to realize that the addiction can be explained by the background and history that the addict has lived through. In 2016, there were more than 42,000 opioid-related deaths in the United States. The basic causes of addiction can be seen as allowing yourself to use a drug and wanting to escape from reality, however, there are more complex reasons for what causes addiction. Some people grew up with addiction, so it is ingrained in their DNA, literally, others get addicted after the war or a major injury, and income equality can be to blame as well. These are all very complex things if you dive deeper into each reason, but in connection with Mills’ argument, these underlying causes need to be looked at and understood before you can understand the mind and actions of an addict. There’s not only causes to addiction, but many reasons as to why it’s so hard to tear yourself away from it as well. Society ignores the causes of addiction and choose not to provide good resources for getting clean (Portland has many resources though <3). It can be hard for people who are or have been incarcerated to find jobs and stay clean and/or away from selling drugs. Lack of education on certain drugs and how they work can develop into larger problems. Not understanding the different diseases you can contract from used needles or having availability to Narcan can end in detrimental ways. This is where society understanding the addict would be beneficial. In regards to the informative documentary Oxyana, the opioid epidemic has a long history that needs to be understood through hearing the stories of different people. The town of Oceana was a coal mining town, mining towns tend to be poverty ridden. Coal miners are generally very exploited and have many health risks along with not a lot of access to better opportunities. With all of the health issues in the town, opioids were prescribed willy-nilly, especially because of the money hungry big pharma companies. There have been generations of addictions in this town, parents who pass down the "family problem." Without knowing this background of Oceana, one would be unable to distinguish the history behind this opioid problem. Someone would look at this epidemic and wonder why so many people in such a small town are all dealers and addicted to drugs, why there are so many HIV and AIDS breakouts, why so many people use drugs till the day they die-even if it isn't an OD that kills you. Looking at both the individual and the history of a subject, a person, or a place, is necessary to understand it.