UNITED STATES ADDICTION EPIDEMIC
Are you serious? Today, I read an article about a large medical software company manipulating the doctor-patient relationship, in order to increase the sales of opiate medications. You read that right; I don’t think I could make that stuff up.
With the high rates of addiction across the United States you’d be hard-pressed not to know anyone who has been affected by this nationwide problem. That being said here are some of the ways you can help support a friend whose loved one is addicted to drugs or alcohol.
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.
It is nearly impossible to track the total amount of nonfatal drug overdoses because oftentimes they go unreported. There are countless people who have had multiple overdoses over the course of their lifetime. So what are the steps that a person should take if their loved one has overdosed on drugs or alcohol?
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”…
By this point, most people have heard about the scourge of fentanyl that has swept across the United States and is killing people on a daily basis.
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.
Many children across the United States are growing up with parents who are struggling with addiction problems. The Sesame Street in Communities online project has introduced a new character to help address this issue.