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Opioid Epidemic Requires National Attention

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“Some 56,000 Americans died of overdose in 2015 and it is expected the number will increase in coming years.” The opioid epidemic has not slowed, and though it will eventually improve, many experts think that it will get worse before that happens. Why might this be the case, and how bad can – or will – it get?

A Call to Arms Against the Opioid Epidemic

The “hotspots” of this crisis vary, with major hubs in the Appalachian region and the Southwest, but it’s safe to say that it affects the entire country and requires everyone in order to bounce back. Global studies have revealed that this is a problem that lies almost exclusively within the U.S. as a result of the profits that are made by some on these substances, such as fentanyl, which encourages those who sell these drugs to continue what they’re doing.

Despite those who are doing more harm than good, there are others who are doing everything they can to ease this opioid epidemic. Many first responders are now equipped with “naloxone, an opioid blocker delivered by nasal spray to help overcome suppressed breathing.” Naloxone is said to save countless lives as a result of its presence in these situations. In addition, professionals are trying to come up with something to use as pain relief that comes without opioids’ many addictive and dangerous side effects.

Unfortunately, too, opioids aren’t the only lethal substances that are plaguing America at present. These prescription pill addictions often lead to the use of heroin, which has similarly-dangerous effects on its users. In addition, many people are more at risk as a result of other conditions, such as mental illness. Anxiety, depression, high stress, and more can lead to someone trying to feel better with the use of drugs and alcohol. Even if it begins as “recreational” use, an addiction can develop out of nearly any situation.

Again, those in a dozen states and from varying demographics are suffering, rather than a single, pinpointed group. This means that there have to be more widespread studies done in order to best aid those people and their unique situations. These addictions are not all born out of the same conditions, so professionals will have to figure out solutions that either apply across the board, or else present varying aid for these varying scenarios.

Things are, in a word, unstable. “We don’t have a national strategy to address the crisis, haven’t pinpointed the motives of those at risk, don’t have better controls on overprescribing pain medications among medical doctors, and allow profit-making to supersede our nation’s mental health.” Doctors and health professionals need to come together to figure out the best way to help patients who are suffering from chronic pain without accidentally leading them down the path to addiction. The opioid epidemic has to be tackled, and soon. Things may get worse before they get better, but they aren’t likely to get better at all without work.

If you or someone you care about needs help recovering from drug use or abuse, then 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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