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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.”