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Drug Overdoses Are Ravaging the Country

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If you had to guess, what would you say is the leading cause of death among Americans under 50? Heart disease? Cancer? Unfortunately, the answer is “drug overdoses,” and it’s directly correlated with the epidemic that is ravaging our nation.

Opioids Still Causing Widespread Drug Overdoses

There is obviously a lot happening right now in the U.S., but that doesn’t mean we can afford to turn our attention away from this issue. “2016 saw the largest spike of overall drug overdoses in U.S. history,” and that trend is likely to continue if it is ignored or overlooked. With so many adults suffering and overdosing because of opioids and other drugs, their family members are left with the tragedy of their situation and the reality of how it came to happen.

We may be in 2017, but in many ways, we are not taking advantage of our ‘modern’ resources. Some doctors give out prescriptions freely for these painkillers rather than helping their patients. Our lawmakers and government argue about a dozen things and spend no time or money on this epidemic. Americans not affected by these losses directly don’t spend any time or effort trying to understand or to see how they can help. Not enough is being done to remedy this massive issue, and without the support of those in power and beyond, nothing will be done at all to change it.

We’ve previously discussed how the opioid epidemic came to be, and how we arrived at this point where we are facing an enormous number of drug overdoses. They were previously used to reduce pain in intense cases and were prescribed sparingly. However, the restrictions became less and less, well, restrictive, and so these medications were given to more and more patients. Serious ad campaigns by pharmaceutical companies and a general acceptance of the practice made their usage very widespread. Unfortunately, this was before people began to realize how addictive they were, and how easily their use could lead to heroin.

“In 2012 alone, more than 250 million opioid prescription were written in the U.S. as reported by” the CDC. It’s been five years since then, but the numbers are still staggering, and drug overdoses happen every day. Opioids are given out for pain management, but they come with heavy price tags and consequences, many of which are not fully understood by patients, and even by doctors. Though the Surgeon General has since called on health professionals to end these prescriptions and to find other solutions for chronic pain, the epidemic has not slowed.

These addictions don’t just affect the addict, of course. Their friends and families suffer, too, as loved ones fall into patterns of addiction or are hurt by the use. Experts say that the change has to come to our culture, that we need to reach out to others and form connections in order to best help those in our society who  need it. Otherwise, this isolation will only make the epidemic worse, and more and more people will suffer from these addictions and drug overdoses through the years to come.

To get help for yourself or for others who are struggling with addiction, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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