The opiate epidemic hits thousands of people every year. A mainstay in the news lately, it is hard to avoid coming across articles, information or reports on the opiate epidemic in America. Prescription painkillers are one of the most widely prescribed classes of drugs in the world, found on the street in illegal forms such as heroin and more. In 2014, 28,000 people died due to opioid-related causes, more than any year on record. At least half of the deaths involved a prescription opioid. An individual is more likely to die from opioid use than gun violence.
It can be easy to lay blame on a certain industry for opioid use. Many people believe health care professionals may be to blame because of the overprescription of painkillers, leading to dependence. Others point fingers at pharmaceutical companies who manufacture and supply drugs. Politicians are often blamed as the epidemic continues to grow for not acting quickly enough to prevent it from happening in the first place. Every person who is involved is to blame including:
Society as a whole plays an important, vital, role in stemming the tidal wave of the drugs epidemic. Most people know an individual who takes prescription painkillers and developed an addiction. It is important to share experiences with others and educate one another. Some of the ways to do this include:
Holding one another accountable will be important in stemming the tide but everyone has responsibility to take action without pointing fingers, blaming one another and thus getting stuck in not doing anything. The goal is prevention with a mix of holding everyone to a higher standard of understanding what caused the epidemic and how to help those impacted. Together it is possible to make a difference in the lives of loved ones, local communities and society at large.
Prescription drug use can have lethal consequences. Hired Power is committed to providing necessary resources and information to assist families in making better decisions for treatment. Call us today to find out how we can help.
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