Opioid-related deaths in the US are continuing to climb as a result of increasing consumption.
According to a study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people consume opioids more than any other form of tobacco.
Up to 38 percent of Americans use opioids. While it is difficult to map out statistics on the use of the drug in the streets, the current prescription rate of 35 percent indicates that more than 1 in 3 Americans are using opioids.
A good number of these people may actually need these opioids, but many of them certainly don’t; and that indicates a high rate of unnecessary opioid consumption.
Since 1953, there has been a noticeable connection between opioid intake and lung cancer. A 2008 study found that 80 percent of the world’s opioid consumption occurs in America. In 2014 alone, 19,000 Americans died from prescription painkillers.
America seems to be part of the problem
While the opioid problem is undoubtedly huge in America, the country’s administration seems not to be interested in setting things right. At a time when there is a loud outcry on the dangers of opioids, a promising painkiller alternative is being taken off the spotlight. Kratom is about to receive Schedule One status meaning it will be considered as dangerous as heroin and marijuana. But the plant has been very successful in relieving pain and has even been used recreationally with not potentially dangerous overtone. The DEA insists the drug is potentially harmful and is pushing on to stop any form of research that would have been undertaken on the effectiveness and safety of the plant.
The opioid crisis is real in America. Thousands of people continue to become victims very often. If you or someone you know is potentially vulnerable, if you start noticing serious dependence on opioids, there is reason to seek help.
Did you know an addiction can be caused by a mental disorder?
One of the primary reasons that mental disorders and substance abuse so often go hand-in-hand is that drugs and alcohol can provide an escape from the pressures of mental health problems. Self-medicating is surprisingly common: you’re not alone.
But unlike real, effective, long-term solutions, such as medication and detoxification in a treatment center, drugs and alcohol won’t amount to effective treatment.
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