4 Out Of 5 People Started On Pain Pills

Did you know that every single day 144 people die from an opiate drug over-dose.  This refers to Heroin and Opioid Pain Pills.  There are even more people that die from other drugs like Meth and Cocaine.  But, by far Opiates are worse.  This has caused an epidemic in the United States.  Our communities and government are scrambling around wondering what to do and how to handle this.

We would say,….its a little too late to just be trying to figure this out now.  It would have been much better if Awareness & Prevention methods would have been focused on decades ago to reduce drug addiction and abuse today.  Oh Well, it is what it is.  The problem is here and its a BIG problem.

In Ohio alone, 8 people die every day from opiate drug over-dose.  That is a lot of deaths in one day for a single State.  What should be done about this?  For starters, our new President has delegated more funds into the Federal budget to fight addiction and substance abuse.  Over 400 Million dollars has been added to the budget and we applaud this new administration for this.   We wont go political on this site www.heroininme.com, but we will say that fighting this epidemic should be a bi-partisan effort.  There should be no debate about this.

Check out this article below from “Business Insider”.  It sheds light on the Heroin Epidemic that is killing so many people.  A new statistic shows that 4 out of every 5 Heroin Addicts got hooked after becoming addicted to prescription pain medications.  That basically means that anyone could fall victim to a heroin habit because so many people are legally prescribed pain medications.  It is understandable that some patients need opioids to help them function and cope with severe physical pain.  However, they should be made more aware of the dangers of addiction.  And, their family history and genetics should be investigated prior to prescribing.  If addiction runs in your family, then you are doomed if you partake of opiates.


Deaths from opioid overdoses just jumped again.

By:   Erin Brodwin,  Feb. 28, 2017, 12:27 PM


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which released its latest report on Friday, the most recent tragic increase follows a pattern thahttps://heroininme.com/wp-admin/admin.php?page=wp_edit_optionst’s been ongoing since 1999.

In the last 16 years, more than 183,000 Americans have died from overdoses related to prescription opioids.

However, the new report details some striking changes in two areas: First, the specific drugs involved in the deaths; and second, the age groups of the people most affected.

For example, while fatal overdoses involving so-called “natural,” “semi-synthetic,” and “synthetic” opioids (morphine, oxycodone, methadone) all fell between 2010 and 2015, the percentage of fatal overdoses involving heroin tripled.

More specifically:

  • In 2010, 29% of fatal overdoses involved so-called “natural” and “semisynthetic” opioids (morphine, oxycodone), while only about 12% involved methadone, a “synthetic” opioid. Five years later, the percentage of fatal overdoses involving these drugs fell to 24% and 6%, respectively.
  • In contrast, fatal overdoses involving heroin skyrocketed from 8% in 2010 to 25% in 2015 — essentially tripling.

opioid drug overdose deaths BY TYPE OF DRUGCDC/NCHS

Different age groups were also hit far harder by fatal opioid overdose than others. While overdose death rates increased for all age groups, the greatest increase was in adults aged 55-64. Still, the group with the highest overall rates of fatal overdose was slightly younger — adults aged 45-54.


  • The percentage increase of drug overdose deaths among adults aged 55-64 rose from 4.2 per 100,000 in 1999 to 21.8 in 2015.
  • In 2015, adults aged 45-54 had the highest death rate from drug overdose at 30 deaths per 100,000.

opioid drug overdose deaths BY AGECDC/NCHS

The trouble with (prescription) painkillers

Heroin and opioid painkillers — including prescription ones — have a problematic relationship: Research suggests that since they act similarly in the brain (opioid painkillers are often referred to by some doctors as “heroin lite”), taking one (even “as directed”) can increase one’s susceptibility to becoming hooked on the other.

And while the overdose death rate for illicitly-obtained opioids like fentanyl — the drug involved in the death of musician Prince — is skyrocketing (it jumped 73% from 2014 to 2015, according to last year’s version of this CDC report), the overdose death rate from many other legal prescription opioids is rising far more slowly (4% over the same period, that report found). That could suggest that recent efforts aimed at curbing widespread over-prescribing practices could be starting to have a positive impact.

Fentanyl is a tricky drug, though: It’s available legally (with a prescription) and illegally (on the black market). It’s also 50 times stronger than pure heroin.

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As a result of these factors, tackling the overdose epidemic will likely require not only curbing doctors’ overprescribing practices, but also curbing the manufacture of dangerous illicit drugs, lessening the stigma surrounding drug use and addiction, and beginning to treat addiction as what it is — a learning disorder.

“The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic continues to devastate communities and families across the country,” Michael Botticelli, the former White House Director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a statement last year, “in large part because too many people still do not get effective substance use disorder treatment.”


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12 thoughts on “144 PEOPLE DEAD EVERY DAY

  1. Wow, that’s a big loss of lives every day. I agree that it would have been better if awareness and prevention methods were used to educate people nation wide about drug addiction and abuse years ago. Such education could probably prevent the crisis that exists today.

    I do know however that many years ago, my children did the D.A.R.E Program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) in elementary school where they were taught about the dangers and effects of different drugs.

    Some people believe that such education does not have a great impact reducing the use of dangerous drugs. I think though that if one life can be saved from the use of these drugs, then it is worth the education.

    1. Hi Carol, thanks for commenting and supporting our site in this way. We need more people involved and commenting and spreading the word by sharing our Post and site.

      YEA, any program would help young kids and warn them. We need more programs like DARE. Did it help your kids or make a difference? – MATT B.

  2. Interesting, I had no idea, there were that many people dying every day from opiate drug over dose. It’s sad to hear …. So many lives affected. I think it’s important information like this needs to be spread to more people to make them more aware.

    I think the government… the law has to stand up more and not let traffickers get away so lightly.

    There needs to be more education and help for the people that feel they need that illegal drug.

    Thanks for opening my eyes!

  3. I did not know that 144 people actually die from drug usage everyday! Drugs is a social issue, I am glad that where I am, the law takes on a very tough stand on drugs. It’s death penalty for drug trafficking over a certain amount here in Singapore. Some argued that the law is inhumane, but imagine how destructive drugs can be on families and everything. Great effort in trying to get people to battle drug addiction!

    1. Hi Lee, it is interesting to learn from you that drug offenses in Singapore are a death sentence. That is very harsh punishment for what is considered a disease. Do you think drug addiction is a disease like cancer? It is genetic and can be passed down from family member to family member.

      We need to treat these drug addicts and not put them in prison or to death as a punishment because they are diseased people. They need medical help.

      Now, people making and selling drugs, I agree should receive the harshest punishment. However, no customer, no cartel so first things first is to create awareness and stop people from ever trying drugs or heroin or pain pills.

      Thanks for your comments and perhaps you enjoy these additional Posts of ours…-Matt B.


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  4. Hey Matt, Wow I was not aware it was that bad, I’ve always been wary of pain killers or other medicines that could become addicting. But I had no idea there were this many people suffering and dying from it, worst part is it could be happening to someone we know and we won’t realize it at first, only to realize it when it’s too late. Education is very important to avoid these issues, thank you for bringing this up.

    1. Hi Victor, Yea I know. If you do just a little research and read certain news articles it becomes more clear how bad it is. People don’t want to talk about it. Its not a pretty topic to talk about. People shove under carpet.

      This is part of the problem. We need more Awareness because this creates Prevention. People need to know what is going on. Its interesting because nearly everyone I speak with or comments say that they know at least one person affected by drug addiction. Maybe a friend of friend, friend, co-workers, family, neighbor…it is indeed touching a lot of people. This is because enough wasn’t done years ago to combat addiction. We needed more school classes teaching about the dangers and about genetics and how it runs in families. Thanks, Matt B.

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  5. Hello and thank you for writing about this devastating issue of pain killers.
    I am from Ohio originally, and back in the day the need to increase the amount needed for drug addiction lead to many people using pain killers that were prescribed by doctors, or they became their own pharmacist and concocted the next generation of drugs needed to appease their addiction.
    It saddens me to see that Ohio is one of the top states with the most deaths per day from drug overdose.
    I am glad that you are making this a topic of discussion for people and to educate others into how pain killers can affect lives.

    1. Hi Kelly, and thank you too for taking the time to read our Post and comment on it. If you could SHARE our Post and Site on Facebook or with friends and family it would help us get more exposure so that we can help more people.

      I also lived in Columbus, Ohio many years ago and it was a wonderful city. Its too bad that it is being rocked with so many heroin over-dose deaths. Not sure why exactly it is happening in Ohio other than the fact that there are several highways that trafficers use to get to Chicago and the East and West coast.

      Thanks again and please share. We need our readers sharing our Posts and Site if we want to make a difference. Share it and request that your friends share it and if you do this you are actually supporting this cause. Take care, MattB. (P.S. Here are some More Posts that might interest you below.)

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  6. I don’t think there could be enough money funded into the government budget to fight this addiction because our leaders have nO IDEA what to do. They have no solution otherwise they would have enacted it long ago like they should have. Its a epidemic level now and they are just addressing it? Its BS. I think the Pharma LOBBY is the main problem If 4 out of 5 people hooked on Heroin started on Pain pills…then that says it all. The big pharma people who make billions on pain pills are not going to stop and the govvy isn’t going to stop them because of the massive tax revenues. its all corrupt.

  7. WOW ! 144 people die everyday nationwide??!! That is a lot of people. Actually, that’s like as many Facebook friends that I have. To compare, 144 people would fill up a small arena. Its too many people to say the least. If this is happening every day then that means in 1 year its about 52,000 people! Damn, why wasn’t something done a long time ago? Now, they are just trying to figure out how to fight this epidemic? Is it too late? Why didn’t Obamma delegate more funds to fight addiction? Instead he was supporting legalizing weed which is exactly what happened. Whats up with that? That is doing the opposite of fighting addiction. And, if anyone tried to tell me that Pot is not addictive…you are a major fool ignoramous. You are part of this problem if you think that. It is habitually addictive…perhaps not physically addictive or as addictive as opioids.

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