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4 Alarming Facts About the Opioid Crisis

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What do you think is one of the leading causes of death among Americans?

Some people reading this post may think about obesity and diabetes. Others may think that heart disease is the number one danger to American lives.

All of these health problems are serious, but there’s something else that’s far more deadly to people in this country: opioid abuse.

The opioid crisis has reached nearly every corner of the country. And people that want to protect their loved ones need to stay informed.

What to Know About the Opioid Crisis

Reading stories about the opioid crisis on the news is one thing, but taking the time to learn about it is quite another.

There’s a reason why drug abuse rehab is more popular and necessary than ever. A lot of people are struggling with addiction, but few understand the true scope.

If people knew the true facts about the opioid epidemic, they would be doing more to try to put a stop to it.

The next time you’re talking to someone that doesn’t understand the true impact of the opioid epidemic, tell them some of these shocking facts.

1. Over 100 People Die of an Opioid Overdose Everyday

People know that abusing drugs can be dangerous, but they may not be aware of how deadly it can be.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that around 130 people die in the United States from an opioid overdose every single day. Thousands more are affected by the fallout from the death.

While we’re on the topic of how opioid abuse can affect other people, it’s worth mentioning that…

2. The Epidemic Costs the US Billions Every Year

The National Institute on Drug Abuse also estimates that the total economic burden of prescription opioid abuse costs the country roughly $78.5 billion each year.

When some people think about the true cost of drugs, they think about what people spend on the drugs themselves. They rarely think about how much it costs everyone surrounding the drug abuser.

It costs money for the criminal justice system to prosecute and jail offenders. Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals also need money to treat addicts. Businesses lose money because of a loss of productivity.

3. Loved Ones Can Unknowingly Help Addiction

There’s a lot to be said about the role doctors and other health care professionals play in the overall crisis. But surprisingly, many people have reported getting drugs from loved ones.

A shocking 53% of people that have misused prescription pain killers have gotten them from a friend or family member.

It’s important to never give out any “extra” medication you have to people, even if you think it’s helping them. If people need more medication they should see a doctor, not a loved one.

4. Heroin Poses a Unique Problem

Sometimes it can be difficult for addicts to continue to get pills. They may get cut off from their doctors or the habit may become too expensive for them to maintain.

It isn’t uncommon for opioid addicts to start abusing heroin. It’s seen as a cheaper alternative to opioids, and for some, it’s easier to get than pills.

Heroin is dangerous for a variety of reasons. Purity and strength of drugs are easy to monitor when they come from a pharmacy. Heroin can be mixed other dangerous substances and put people at a higher risk of overdose.

Do Your Part

Now that you know about the true dangers of the opioid crisis, you may be thinking of ways you can get involved.

Do you have old opioid medication at home? Do you know friends and loved ones that do?

Dispose of your old medicine the right way and make sure that it doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Read about what the community has done in the past to get rid of dangerous opioids.

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