Our country has been plagued by the opioid crisis which is the severe addiction to drugs like pain killers and heroin.
The Harsh Reality
Your son is dead, it looks like he has overdosed on heroin.
130 people die of opioid overdoses in the United States. That's over 47,000 people a year that die to opioid overdoses. It's affecting everyone across the nation and is a problem that needs to be dealt with.
1. In 2016, health care providers across the US wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication—a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people. 2. As many as 1 in 5 people receive prescription opioids long-term for noncancer pain in primary care settings. 3. More than 11 million people abused prescription opioids in 2016. 4. Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. 5. More than 40% of all US opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved a prescription opioid. 6. Drug overdoses claimed the lives of nearly 64,000 Americans in 2016. Nearly two-thirds of these deaths (66%) involved a prescription or illicit opioid. 7. The CDC estimates the total economic burden of prescription opioid misuse in the US is $78.5 billion a year, including the costs of health care, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement.
Over 70,000 people a year die to drug overdoses and the number keeps rising.
1.7 million people in the United States suffer from a substance abuse disorder. Almost 30% of people prescribed opioids misuse them.
The Opioid Crisis is a growing epidemic in the United States and can't be ignored. There is an issue and we need to start addressing it as soon as possible.
There is no, "Oh I'll just try it once for fun to see what it's like," with heroin. The drug is so addictive and harmful that you can experience all of the negatives of the drug after just one use. The Opioid and drug crisis in our country is a major problem that needs to be given some serious attention to.