Worried About Opioid Abuse? What You Should Know About The Prescription Pain Medications Your Loved Ones May Be Taking
“Not why the addiction but why the pain.”
― Gabor Maté
If you’re concerned about someone you know who is taking opioids right now, then you are not alone.
In every community across the nation, more and more people are becoming addicted to prescription drugs meant to relieve discomfort. Ironically, these drugs often lead to the pain and anguish of opioid addiction – which all too often ends in overdose and death.
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta have released chilling statistics that show the scope of the problem. From 2015 to 2016, opioid overdoses have risen an astounding 100 percent, and the deaths associated with them have reached an all-tie high.
In many communities, local morgues can’t take the bodies in fast enough. Hospitals and substance abuse treatment centers are stocking up on Naloxone and Narcan, drugs that have proven effective in treating overdoses. But many addicts who end up overdosing do not seek medical help because they fear being arrested and charged with illegal drug use.
To make matters worse, the cost of anti-overdose meds is also rising, and drug makers can’t keep up with the demand. This puts cities and towns in a tough position as they try to stem the tide of lethal overdoses.