After recently spending some time with my in-laws, I've realized we are in a dirty situation.
My MIL and FIL, as well as my biological mother are all popping pills. I think they were raised in a Dr. knows best world and think that their Dr. has their best interest in mind. They don't understand that the Dr. wants to get paid and he gets paid by selling pills.
So, my FIL used to never shut up. Now they all just sit around the boob tube not interacting and giving one-word answers when you do try to enguage them. And they subject themselves to daily brainwashings. Turning on GMA or the local news, then just sitting there in front of the TV, letting the propaganda sink in, reassuring them it's OK to be a drug addict and making sure they hate the one guy who has anything going in the right direction. Instead of spending time with the grand children, they play stupid games on their phones and go to menial jobs. All to pay for the pills which have eaten up any chance at responsible management of their estates. There's nothing financially left for future generations and there's no love to be handed down either because of their zombie state.
I'm pretty sure this is happening on a HUGE scale. I think it's partially why Trump support seems so misrepresented. People who would normally speak up and stand up for themselves are too comotose to care and prefer to let the propaganda machine guide them on autopilot.
Heroin has ruined our families, even without overdoses.