Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Drug Epidemic

As an individual who has had the majority of deaths in their family be related to drug abuse, drugs do make my “blood boil” more than the average person, but at the same time I have more of an understanding than most people do for drug addicts and their addictionsIn all of the cases of family members who have passed away in my family, their addiction started off with alcohol being part of their life since they were little. However, out of all of my father’s siblings, there are 3 out of 8, that have not succumb to the life of addiction, alcohol and opioids. Many opioid addictions start with chronic pain, surgeries, or some type of an issue that is prescribed medication to relieve pain. Every day, approximately 130 Americans die from an opioid overdose. These overdoses could be from prescription pain relievers, heroin or even synthetic opioids such as fentanyl. Unfortunately for many circumstances, the addiction starts with prescription pain pills, moves onto heroin when their prescription runs out. Even in more horrible cases, fentanyl is laced in with many party type drugs or even heroin which can instantly kill an individual. The drug epidemic in America is a huge issue, and continues to become more out of control.

1 comment:

  1. I think the statistic of 130 Americans dying from an opioid overdose is insane. Its really sad how something innocent, such as getting paid meds for an accident can be so horrifically life changing. I recently watched a show on netflix called Dope and it talks about heroin and fentanyl. It was sad to see these peoples lives be destroyed, but it was also frustrating to see the dealers perspective of it all too.