Addiction Is The Crisis
The opium crisis has hit the mainstream media lately because President Trump is talking about it. This is exactly what we need. There needs to be more focus and constructive discussion about this Opiate & Opioid Epidemic that is killing 7 people EVERY SINGLE HOUR in the United States from drug overdose.
Now, before we proceed…we should explain that there is a difference between OPIOIDS and OPIATES. Often, people refer to these as one in the same. They basically are since they have the same addictive qualities and negative effects.
Here is the difference just so you are aware:
OPIATES = These come from the natural poppy plant. The plant secretes a white paste that is then turned into heroin or morphine. Heroin is generally referred to as an Opiate.
OPIOIDS = These are drugs created in a lab. They are synthetic. Opioids include pain medication such as Fentanyl, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin and many others. Opioids are what is legally prescribed to patients with physical chronic pain.
It is all known as “OPIUM“, therefore we will call these drugs OPIUM which includes both opiates and opioids.
The Crisis that we are experiencing today deals with all opium. There are hundreds of thousands of good people who are addicted to opioids and there are the same amount of people addicted to opiates, such as Heroin.
Statistics show us that people normally begin their addiction by taking a legally prescribed pain medication such as Percocet. They then become fully addicted and their Doctor cuts them off. They turn to the street to buy cheap heroin in order to avoid the horrible withdrawals.
This leads us to the major problem with these drugs and why so many people remain ‘hooked’ on them. To come off of any opiate or opioid is extremely difficult. It hurts. It is the most uncomfortable feeling that you could ever imagine.
When a person is in withdrawal from opium, they feel like they are dying. They are deeply depressed with a feeling of despair 24 hours a day. They cannot sleep and their muscles twitch. They have hot and cold sweats while their stomach aches. The symptoms are similar to the flu, except multiply the flu times X 100.
It is much easier to quite crystal meth than it is an opium drug. Once a person goes into withdrawal, the only thoughts on their mind are how they can eliminate the withdrawal feelings. This usually means they relapse.
Addicts remember that they can remove their withdrawal feelings entirely by simply taking another hit of Heroin or popping some Vicodin. They would feel better within seconds. Who would not want to feel good, after feeling like you are a walking death?
So, this is a major part of The Crisis. Addicts cannot stop taking opium because the withdrawals are too severe.
How To Address The Crisis
Having more attention in the news is a great place to start. We need more people talking about this Opium Crisis and how to fix it. In late October 2017, President Trump declared a Public Health Emergency regarding the crisis. Trump is speaking about the opiate epidemic and how to stop it. He has issued Federal funds to be used to fight the crisis.
This is good news and should have been done a decade ago. But, it should NOT stop here. This is a community-wide drug crisis. Heroin and Pain Pill addiction and overdose is not limited to the inner-city thugs and street bums anymore like once thought.
Today, opium addiction is touching the lives of most people. Nearly everyone knows at least one person who has become addicted to opiates or opioids. Instead, of thugs and criminals being addicts, it is your co-worker, neighbor, friend or family member.
We need the community to discuss this problem and step up to do something about it. Create better programs for recovery. Start educating our young people enough so that they know all the dangers associated with opiate addiction.
Teach people about the genetics of addiction and how it runs in families. Make people aware that pain pill addiction as well as heroin is genetic.
Keep the crisis in the news so that all people are talking about it. People are using social media to give their opinions and join the efforts to beat heroin addiction.
Stopping The Crisis
This should have been addressed a decade ago and then we would not be in a drug epidemic right now. But, it is too late for that. Now, all we can do is strategically fight this opium crisis and implement programs to educate the young, and increase prevention. We need much better recovery programs to reduce the 90% fail rate in rehabilitation.
Yes, that is right! 9 out of 10 addicts relapse during the first week in rehab. That is how powerful these opium drugs are. People simply cannot resist the urge to use these drugs even after they detox and get the poison out of their system. This is because the withdrawals from opium are horrific and they must use these drugs again to stop withdrawal and feel better or normal again.
This has to change. Better recovery drugs might be an option. There is Suboxone and Vivitrol that are drastically helping addicts recover without relapse. They basically remove the feelings of withdrawal and appease the opioid receptors while not allowing the patient to get ‘high’.
To successfully fight this opium epidemic we need to focus on these issues:
We need our scientists to develop a drug that treats physical chronic pain, but is NOT addictive. A recent University stated that they had made major breakthroughs in creating a drug that was equal to morphine, but did NOT contain the addictive traits. This would resolve many problems.
This means that it could treat moderate pain, while having not danger of the patient becoming addicted. It would be like people taking Tylenol, except that it is 200 times stronger than Tylenol as far as reducing pain. THIS IS WHAT WE NEED!
You cannot tell me that with our technology and computer advancements that this could not be accomplished. It could have and should have been done decades ago.
The lobbies that control Washington, D.C. and the politicians that we vote into office…have been preventing this from happening. This is because the PHARMA companies that make billions of dollars every year on prescription drugs such as Vicodin and Fentanyl Patches would lose their revenues.
They pay to send a Lobby to our politicians so that this does not happen. This has to change. We have to remove these lobbies and make our Senators and Representatives honor our wishes to make changes that would help fight opiate addiction.
Think about it! If we had prescription drugs that were as effective as Morphine and Fentanyl for treating severe chronic pain, but with ZERO danger for addiction….we would never have another opium epidemic. We could then eliminate all of the addictive drugs like Vicodin and Percocet.
People would NOT become addicted to their pain meds and then turn to street Heroin. This is the answer.
Recovering From The Crisis
Creating an addictive-free medicine for pain is just one way to fight this opium crisis. However, we also have to deal with the existing addicts. People took pain pills and then started using a cheaper Heroin also need help. We need to design better recovery methods that work!
Right now, most addicts are failing in rehab. 90% of them are relapsing during the first week in detox. That is a terrible statistic that must be changed.
We need more effective detox and recovery plans. This is where the brain’s neuro-transmitters come into play.
When you are consuming any opium drugs, you replace the need for your brain to produce serotonin and dopamine. Essentially, you are getting your ‘dopamine’ from the heroin. These are the brains chemicals that make you feel good, feel pleasure, feel comfortable, feel stable and secure mentally.
The problem is that when you stop taking heroin, your brain does not just start re-producing the proper amount of dopamine. It will eventually heal itself, but it takes a lot of time.
In the meantime, the addict is going without any dopamine in their brain.
They are not getting it from the Heroin, nor is their brain producing the correct amount, if any. This means the addict is in a severe state of despair and depressed 24 hours a day. This is why most people relapse.
They cannot take the depression anymore while in recovery.
This can be fixed.
If an addict consumers the right natural supplements and vitamins, they can speed up the brains process of producing a balanced amount of dopamine. There are vitamin supplements that have been tested and are known to be a pre-curser for dopamine production.
For example, if you take Tyosine every day for weeks, it helps your brain naturally produce dopamine.
This is another way to help in the fight against opium addiction.
There are other recovery methods and plans that must be implemented to help addicts quit their addiction successfully.
What do you think?
How do we fight Opium Addiction?