Opioid abuse in America is currently being called a crisis as drug overdoses continue to climb, and are now considered a leading cause of death in the United States.
While many people think opioid abuse only affects lower class, or uneducated people, that is anything but the truth. Opioid addiction is a serious public health concern that affects every community in some way. Every year, drug abuse-related deaths reach an approximate 2.6 million. It is estimated that deaths from prescription opioids, including drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone and methadone have also quadrupled since 1999.
Recently, John Oliver from Last Week Tonight addressed America’s new drug crisis. In the beginning of the show, Oliver played a clip of Donald Trump in which Trump stated that heroin doesn’t work where there are beautiful lakes and trees. Oliver responded by saying, “It does. Heroin works basically everywhere because it’s heroin, it’s not a cell phone. Heroin has full coverage.”
He continued on and said, “Around 75 percent of heroin users started with prescription opioids, drugs like Oxycontin, Vicodin, and Percocet, which some take recreationally and others take as prescribed by a doctor. But however it starts, it can get out of hand fast.”
It is estimated that in 2015, approximately 30,000 people in America died of an opioid-related overdose. With doctors writing about 250 million new prescriptions for painkillers every year, the crisis appears to only be getting worse, and doctors are starting to worry.
Oliver described the fear of opioid prescriptions in America as “opiophobia.” He defined opiophobia as the resistance by doctors to prescribing opiate painkillers and, according to Oliver, it is “not to be confused with Oprah-phobia, which is the irrational fear of screaming talk show hosts giving you a free sedan.”
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Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?
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