26 Mar The Opioid Crisis in the US is Worse Than Ever with Little Sign of Improvement
The United States currently has more total annual drug overdose deaths than any other developed nation in the world. According to drugabuse.gov, 130 people die each day as a result of drug overdoses from opioids alone. This epidemic has impacted the lives of nearly all Americans regardless of socio-economic status, race, or education level. Sadly, if you don’t have a family member with a dependency issue, you likely know someone who does. And while the media spotlight is shining bright on the opioid crisis in the US, and the government claims it is committed to addressing the issue, the problem does not seem to be abating. Now more than ever there is a need for addiction support to help combat this deadly trend.
What Are Opioids?
Opioids include legal prescription pain relievers such as methadone, oxycodone, codeine, morphine and fentanyl, and illegal drugs like heroin. Statistics indicate that prescriptions are a gateway to heroin use, with more than 80% of heroin users first misusing prescription opioids.
How Did the Opioid Crisis Start?
This opioid crisis began in the mid-90’s as a result of pharmaceutical companies marketing powerful new lines of opioid-based painkillers that they claimed were non-addictive. According to drugabuse.gov, the pharmaceutical companies created a stronghold with these drugs on the false basis of their incredible capability to help people without causing dependency.
The New York Times reports that now more than forty state attorney generals are investigating the pharmaceutical companies that they say, in their pursuit of profits, misled patients and doctors and targeted vulnerable populations including older populations and people with limited knowledge of opioids and the associated risks. But while these investigations and subsequent lawsuits are a start in rectifying the situation, they are of little comfort for the families of the more than 300,000 people who have already died of opioid-related causes.
The Opioid Crisis in San Bernardino and Riverside Counties
Here in California, the opioid epidemic is taking its toll. In 2017, 2,196 people died from overdoses. Meanwhile, doctors wrote more than 21 million opioid prescriptions. What does the epidemic look like right in our own backyard? Here’s a breakdown complied from data obtained from the Ca.gov Opioid Surveillance Dashboard:
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If You or Someone You Love is Struggling with an Opioid Addiction, Dynamic Transformations Can Help
As the graphic indicates, millions of opioid prescriptions are still being written annually. Until this changes, we expect the opioid crisis to worsen and subsequent overdoses to continue.
If you’re struggling with an addiction to prescription painkillers or heroin, don’t wait until it’s too late –the time to get help is now. Dynamic Transformations offers medically assisted detox in a residential environment designed to help you overcome the disease of addiction once and for all.
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