AMERICAN OPIOIDS EPIDEMIC
Lately, all the rage has been about vaping and the recent deaths allegedly caused by vaping. Since the first few cases made it on the news, tons of media outlets have covered the developing story as more and more cases came to light where people got sick and died, again allegedly, due to vaping.
By now we pretty much all know the story of the United States addiction epidemic. What started out as a prescription pill problem, morphed into a heroin issue and then a fentanyl crisis. These three overlapping events have often been referred to as the “Three Waves of The United States Opioid Epidemic.” We have now entered into the “Fourth Wave”…
What started off as a massive opioid problem, the current drug epidemic has changed gears yet again. When the opioid crisis started, we had a new group of addicts; those addicted to prescription painkillers.
Stories like this seem to literally pop up every week. Since the drug crisis took off all those years ago, it became a daily chore to scroll through social media feeds just to see them clogged with “major drug busts” over here and “mass overdose situations” over there…
Fentanyl: it’s cheap, it’s powerful and worst of all it’s deadly. The synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin was originally used in medical settings for terminally ill patients. With the rising popularity of opioids, fentanyl has made its way onto the illicit drug market and has been making a killing ever since, both figuratively and literally.
While it is true that most doctors want what is best for their patients there is no denying that there have been doctors out there who have put their greed above the well-being of others.
In mid-April of 2019 sixty people were charged in connection with illegally prescribing and distributing addictive prescriptions for opioids and other drugs.
It has become a grim reality that going to the funeral of a friend has become commonplace for most young adults. Too many people have begun to lose count of how many people they know who have died from a drug overdose.
Some people are still in doubt that an addiction problem exists on a national level. However, when looking at the statistics the numbers are grim.
A recent study conducted by the National Safety Council came up with some alarming numbers. The number of preventable injuries and deaths in The United States for 2017 were analyzed and showed that the odds of a United States citizen dying from a drug overdose are higher than the odds of dying from a car accident.