30 Aug Heroin and the Opioid Crisis
Updated September, 2018
That’s incredibly upsetting to hear, especially since the misuse of prescription pain killers is causing the rates of addiction and deaths due to opioid misuse to skyrocket: from 33,000 deaths in 2015 to 72,000 deaths in 2017.
At that rate, by 2021, as many as 152,000 a year will die. That’s the size of Charleston, SC, or Kansas City, KS, or Pomona, CA. Can you imagine? They would be ghost towns, representing lives lost from this nation’s “Opioid Crisis”.
That’s right. The opioid addiction has become so common and so devastating that our nation has declared it an emergency that needs addressing. That emergency claims 115 lives every day!
Opioids are pain killers. The term opioid comes from the fact that these forms of pain killers are derived from the opium poppy plant. You will learn the complete breakdown and why this has become a crisis in the posts below.
This post will cover:
To be clear, most people don’t use heroin or abuse painkillers. And, most people prescribed these drugs don’t end up as addicts. BUT, anyone can become an addict—
addiction does not discriminate. (Although having trauma, mental illness or adverse childhood experiences can increase the risk.)
Read on so that hopefully we can all tackle this problem and reverse those numbers above.
SOURCES for this post
Please see the list of sources below, as they were used to obtain the information found in these sub-posts. Reliable information is often found on sites such as NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse), NIH (National Institutes of Health), SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, cited below) and the CDC (Centers for Disease Control, cited below).
When referring to the Instructional Resource Packet for Heroin and Opioid, please note this reference: “This document was created in partnership with the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (NYS OASAS) Bureau of Prevention Services, and the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH).”
Have you heard of the opioid crisis? If so, what do you know? How do you know?