It is undeniable that despite all the efforts to stop drug addiction, this problem seems very difficult to get rid of. In fact, still more and more people keep on using drugs. But of course, there are those who want to change- to stop using it and live a new life. But turning one’s back to drug addiction is not easy. This is why there are drug addiction treatment centers available to provide help and assistance as they quit.
On the other hand, in the United States, due to the rise in death as a result of opioid overdose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention works to understand and combat this epidemic. This is great news for people who desperately want to be free from drugs.
Read on to know about this news.
In the United States, 115 people die as the result of an opioid drug overdose every day. This statistic, gathered as part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) work to understand and combat the current epidemic of opioid drug abuse in America is even more startling when you compare it to figures from the last twenty years or so. In 2016, the number of deaths attributed to an overdose of a drug like heroin or prescription opioid painkillers was five times what it was in 1999.
One of the driving forces behind this epidemic has already been determined: medical professionals over-prescribing opioid painkillers, such as oxycodone, to patients, a practice that is not only completely legal but increasingly common. Many people begin taking the drug legally but become dependent on it. When the prescription runs out and they are no longer able to get it filled, they may try to obtain it illegally. They may be motivated to buy or steal medication to help combat their pain. Some patients end up taking illegal street drugs, like heroin, in an attempt to treat the withdrawals from the opioid medications they were initially prescribed.