Every decade, every year even, the United States of America suffers from a variety of problems across multiple spectrums that must be addressed. In behavioral health, addiction reigns superior as being the most dangerous health crisis our nation is currently faced with. Even from a nationwide, physical health perspective, drug and alcohol addiction is one of the most concerning factors. Of all the addiction trends and problems our country is stricken with, the opiate addiction epidemic is by far the most concerning of them all.
An area of substance abuse that we often do not consider is that of substance abuse in the medical community. Unfortunately, doctors, surgeons, nurses, anesthesiologists, nurses’ aides, orderlies, technicians, support staff, and many other medical field experts are quite prone to falling prey to substance abuse habits.
After a time period where heroin was of little interest in the United States, heroin use has once again skyrocketed in the United States. This time, heroin abuse has befallen young people the most, young people and grown adults who are addicted to opioid pharmaceutical drugs.
It may have taken twenty years of increasing overdose trends, constant crime, hundreds of billions of dollars in economic backlash, and millions of families ruined, but the United States now finally recognizes the opiate epidemic as being a legitimate epidemic.
Everywhere we look and try to read valuable information about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and other factors of substance abuse, it seems that we are assailed with bad news and painful descriptions. It can get a little overwhelming. And that isn’t always what we need.
Every year it seems, a new drug comes on the scene and causes problems. In the morass that is 21st century drug-addicted America, it often feels like we can’t catch a break, for as soon as we learn about one drug, how to prevent it, how to avoid it, etc. another one jumps into view.
When we hear of opioids, we know that this is a problem that affects millions of Americans and their families. We know it has gotten totally out of control. We know that hundreds of thousands have lost their lives or have suffered immensely.
As the opioid epidemic has raged across the country and caused almost unlimited problems, the U.S. has had to work fast to come up with solutions.
Addicts aren’t addicts because they have a passion to abuse their body and mind through drugs. Everyone’s story of drug abuse is different, but you’ll mind many have a common thread. Somewhere down the line, they lost control.
While unfunded heralds of truth are screaming at the top of their lungs about Ritalin and Adderall (psychiatric drugs) being handed out to adults and teens like candies, we have drug companies running hourly television ads to spread the false message of chemical imbalances.