In the sea of reports on a National level, drug addiction overdoses rise taking about 91 lives everyday. Trump, Obamacare, and Facility practices pull focus away from the simple truth of a person addicted to opioids. If Doctors stop writing addictive medication prescriptions, the chemically dependent will not stop seeking substances.
Opioids are effective drugs, if you are suffering from chronic pain or you have recently undergone surgery, but carry destructive consequences to the body. The fact is that even the medical use of this popular drug does not bring good news with it. Millions of people in America become addicted to opioids and the number of deaths increase year after year, in fact over 15.0 million adults aged 26 or older needed treatment in the last year.(SAMHSA)
CDC report of opioid addiction
The report by the CDC proves that the span of drug addiction is very short. If you consume opioids for more than five days you are more likely to become dependent. In addition, if circumstances present a second occurrence of use of opioids then the risk of forming an addiction increases exponentially. Even after three years, you will still feel the need of taking the painkiller.
But surprisingly the sales of opioids have increased along with the increase in the number of deaths due to the overdose of this prescription drug. In the period between 2000 and 2014, the sales of opioids and death of people have risen at an extremely high rate. You should not be surprised that the addiction of opioids in the United States is an epidemic, and also is giving rise to new forms of the drug.
Change in the treatment
The doctors have decided to avoid the prescription of opioids in order to fight the problem of addiction. According to CDC, the doctors should not prescribe this drug as far as the treatment of chronic pain is concerned. Less effective but non addictive solutions exist, but some doctors have seemed to join the fight in finding a solution to the problem.
As far as the use of opioids in the state of New Jersey continues to be at the top of the list when it comes to addiction and death. There have been more than 6,000 deaths in New Jersey since 2004 due to the use of opioids drugs.
Methods to fight opioid addiction
Trump has emphasized on the implementation of overdose-reversing drugs besides telling the doctors to improvise on the medical training as far as addiction is concerned. Moreover, Trump also said that he would not allow the import of opioids from other countries.
Ironically the leaders at the national level have not been able to do something impressive to fight against the epidemic of drug addiction.
Leaders at the national level to take action
The number of deaths due to opioid addiction has quadrupled in the United States since 1999, our national leaders can’t ignore the epidemic, yet a viable solution is still out of reach. The professionals of the medical field should be given proper training so that they can spot addiction and can take the necessary action. Politicians need to make a decision on our healthcare system, the media needs to continue to desensitize the general public and the stigma that addiction still caries. We need resources to properly tackle the problem no matter the income status, the disease itself, and a better support system for the families suffering.