One of the leading causes of accidental death in America is due to drug overdose, with heroin and prescription pain killers causing more deaths than any other drug. The heroin or opioid epidemic, which is spread throughout America is quickly increasing. While not everyone is directly affected by the epidemic and the issues that surround it everyone is indirectly affected by it whether they know it or not. Drug addiction, especially involving opioids has no boundaries or “ideal” person that it affects. It has no limits. While many believe that drug addicts belong to an exclusive group of the homeless, poor, or indigent that is not always the case. Some of these people known as “career addicts” are even able to maintain a job and a steady life …show more content…
This issue not only affects the victims of this epidemic, but also the lives of the people surrounding them. The heroin epidemic disrupts the lives of thousands of people across America each and every day without them even knowing it. While this issue has been brought to the public’s attention it is still not viewed as socially acceptable by many. Often times when someone is known to struggle with addiction they aren’t offered the help that they need. Instead they are shamed and expected to handle it on their own. As I stated earlier, the success rate of recovery programs is extremely low and not always easily accessible for those in need due to the availability of insurance or the cost of treatment. Not only are treatment centers sometimes difficult to get into, but they also do not always provide enough help for the patients in the program. Even if patients are successful during their stay at the treatment center they often relapse shortly after they are released and either give up, return to the treatment center, or end up in a detention facility. When society looks at substance abuse they often look at it as a “problem” to be fixed instead of a disease, such as …show more content…
By taking the necessary steps to create these prevention programs we can drastically lower the amount of people who are affected by this disease and continue to help those who are already in need. First, I argue that we can do this by expanding and improving drug education in the public education system. One of the most widespread drug education programs for grade level schools, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, known as DARE or the “just say no” program created by Nancy Reagan is still being used in today (Friedman). Unfortunately, this program proved to be ineffective with research showing that students who participated in the program were just as likely to use drugs as those who did not participate. While researchers are still debating over kind of disease addiction is they believe that it could genetic or psychological, which could open up the door for specialized drug education prevention programs (Katel, Friedman). For example, if we know that those who are at a higher risk for drug addiction carry certain traits in their DNA or show other psychological signs then we can test for these characteristics early on and create a program that is specifically targeted to help those specific individuals. Not only would a drug education program like the example that I provided be more
We are introduced to the story of Matt Schoonover, a young man who had recently obtained his masters degree from Yale. He had grown up “attending a Christian private school, and a prominent church” (2). Matt had begun abusing pills, though he was originally prescribed them by a doctor. Even after undergoing detoxification and then rehab, Matt could not curb his addiction. “Unable to afford street Oxycontin, Matt switched to black tar heroin, brought in from Mexico” (3). We are told how this is unfortunately quite common. People who are prescribed pills often end up abusing them; and once they can no longer afford the high prices of OxyContin they switch to black tar heroin. This transition is often what leads to overdoses, as black tar heroin is extremely deadly and overdoses like Matt’s are common. This is just one story out of tens of thousands of similar stories that all have the same ending. The opiate crisis is a problem that few recognize because it crept up on a majority of Americans. Young people throughout the nation were not using drugs in public, but privately in their own
Drug addicts lie and steal from their families, lose jobs, and do not live stable lives. Abuse of Prescription medication and marijuana is among one of the greatest concerns in the United States, especially in young people because drugs are causing issues between families, money, etc. Addicts find ways to create different drugs. This is making drug abuse difficult to control and ultimately change. In addition, addiction is not only a physical dependence, but also mental. Drug abuse has various causes, effects, and treatments. Based on the pamphlet, “Another Look,” published by Narcotics Anonymous World Services, Inc., states “If we can find greater agreement on what addiction is not, then perhaps what it is may appear with greater clarity” (3). If people can see drug addiction for what it really is, a sickness, then an addict’s family and friends would better understand that addicts do not choose to become addicted to drugs. Addiction is a routine of compulsive behavior (3). In addition, recovering addicts feel very restricted with freedom because they are afraid of abusing drugs again, but want to be free to do as they please at the same time (3). Addicts have a need to control everything because they fear there will be obstacles in life that they may not be able to handle (3). If addicts can find ways to deal with their problems, they may not use drugs as a way to escape reality. There are many ways for addicts to cope with life, such as, counseling, drug rehabilitation centers, family and friends support.
...conomic class, whose dependency most likely began after being prescribed opiates. This has resulted in a demographic shift in the subpopulation of heroin addicts, which further emphasizes the misguided stereotyping of heroin addicts in particular, but also probably other drug subculture demographics as well. Addicts need to be identified as sick individuals who deserve the same health services and treatment as other individuals addicted to other, more socially accepted habits, like eating sugar or socially acceptable alcohol abuse. We, as a country and society, need to harbor on the need for more societal, political and financial support of better, more effective, non-punitive means to rehabilitate drug addicts. Thus, both the social and legal exclusions of addiction need to be rethought, while also replacing the inherently engrained image of an opiate drug abuser.
The Opioid Crisis is something that has plagued our nation for quite some time now with over 30,000 deaths per year. This is definitely a problem that deserves attention but something about “safe injection sights” that really doesn’t bode well long term in my mind. Yes, I do think it’s up to us a nation to fight this battle but is it fair for us to hold the hands of people that know better? I think if someone is already past the point of no return that’s when help should be extended, but if we could get them before this addiction attacks their body that’s the only true way to help this. Let them save themselves there is no way these “safe injection sights” could possibly be accountable for everyone.
When communities like New Hanover County get government leaders, civic leaders, the DA, police officers, and former addicts in a room, synergy happens and ideas take shape. The county has started creating solutions to the sticky wicked problem of opioid addiction that address the issue at multiple levels and from different avenues. As a result, the area will lose its moniker as the town with the highest rate of opioid addiction and abuse. Instead, a Google search will find the county perched at the top of a “best places to live” list. That will happen because people collaborate, communicate, and attack opioid addiction before the problem
On the typical day, over 90 people will die at the hand of opioid abuse in America alone (National). In fact, as of 2014, nearly 2 million Americans were dependent and abusing opioids. The Opioid Crisis has affected America and its citizens in various ways, including health policy, health care, and the life in populous areas. Due to the mass dependence and mortality, the crisis has become an issue that must be resolved in all aspects.
(Midway, Utah) Drug and alcohol abuse remain a problem in America. Thanks to the opioid crisis, more people now recognize this fact, yet numerous individuals still fail to receive the treatment they need to overcome their addiction. Chateau Recovery (chateaurecovery.com) looks to change that and has launched a new website to make it easier for individuals to find information they need on this topic. As tens of millions of people struggle with addiction every year and addiction impacts individuals, families and communities, obtaining help needs to be a priority for anyone with this disease. The more information a person has, the easier it will be to make a decision regarding the type of treatment needed.
Summary: The opioid crisis is a quickly increasing epidemic of drug use. In trump's campaign he promised to declare a national emergency on opioids. He did not declare this early in his presidency and had not request any financial aid. Now, he is saying that drug abuse can affect anyone young and old that “This epidemic is a national health emergency.” Trump is encouraging Americans to not start using opioids to beginning with and is going back to using Nancy Reagan’s 1980’s anti-drug campaign slogan, “Just Say No.” Trump wants to overcome addiction in America. Because the Opioid Crisis is designated as a public health crisis, the health secretary can allow for some grant money to be use to deal with the opioid issue. This will allow
The New York Times Op-Ed Article ‘Congress Wakes up to the Opioid Epidemic’ highlights the dangerous effects of opioid addiction in the U.S., and how Congress should make changes to help end the epidemic. The article describes the vast number of Americans that are addicted to prescription and illicit opioids, making opioid overdose a common cause of death. Since 2000, the death rate of opioid caused deaths has tripled, and continues to increase. Congress has addressed this issue quite late, and the article suggests ways for the government to act on the epidemic. Some ideas mentioned were investing more money in treatment programs, training physicians to monitor prescription opioid use more carefully, and making Buprenorphine, a weaker opioid
The rate of death due to prescription drug abuse in the U.S. has escalated 313 percent over the past decade. According to the Congressional Quarterly Transcription’s article "Rep. Joe Pitt Holds a Hearing on Prescription Drug Abuse," opioid prescription drugs were involved in 16,650 overdose-caused deaths in 2010, accounting for more deaths than from overdoses of heroin and cocaine. Prescribed drugs or painkillers sometimes "condemn a patient to lifelong addiction," according to Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This problem not only affects the lives of those who overdose but it affects the communities as well due to the convenience of being able to find these items in drug stores and such. Not to mention the fact that the doctors who prescribe these opioids often tend to misuse them as well. Abusing these prescribed drugs can “destroy dreams and abort great destinies," and end the possibility of the abuser to have a positive impact in the community.
Both Celine Gounder and Sushrut Jangi share many ideas concerning the opioid epidemic, but also disagree on some as well. For starters, Gounder and Jangi blame doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and patients for the problem. Both talk extensively about these groups of people and organizations in their articles and explain how they are contributing to the problem. Also, these two authors acknowledge that most doctors did not consciously contribute to the epidemic. Within, their articles they explain that most doctors are well-intentioned, but pharmaceutical companies have clouded their judgment on how to practice medicine. Another point that both Gounder and Jangi share is that as doctors themselves, they too are to blame for their part in creating and fueling the
...n still has a lot of room for growth. In the last couple decades we have seen many new drugs introduced into society. Which in turn, makes the idea of prevention a difficult subject. There is basically a “high” out there to fix nearly any ailment you have. And we are all affected by different ailments. The only way I see to slow down the drug addicted population is to begin at an early age as the DARE program does, however, the program should continue past elementary school. I understand you can only tell an individual about drugs so many times before it loses its effectiveness. But a long-term program that builds a strong moral foundation as well as treats these young students as individuals instead of a mass entity would allow for a holistic approach to prevention. This I believe is what it will take for long-term prevention to begin within our society.
The United States is the land of the free, the home of the brave, and a place of opportunity. However, throughout the years, statistics have shown drug addiction to be a growing problem. Often times, these addictions go completely untreated. This is supported by the National Institute On Drugs. They stated that, “In 2013, an estimated 22.7 million Americans (8.6 percent) needed treatment for a problem related to drugs or alcohol, but only about 2.5 million people (0.9 percent) received treatment at a specialty facility.” With so many drug addicts going without any form of treatment, many need the support of others to recognize their addiction. As citizens of the United States, we
Drug addiction is a very big problem in today’s society. Many people have had their lives ruined due to drug addiction. The people that use the drugs don’t even realize that they have an addiction. They continue to use the drug not even realizing that their whole world is crashing down around them. Drug addicts normally lose their family and friends due to drug addiction.