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4 Essential Things To Know About The Opioid Epidemic


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Those who are addicted to opioids or know someone who's addicted to opioids may know what the opioid epidemic looks like on an intimate level. However, not many Americans are familiar with the opioid crisis as a whole and what such a crisis means.

To help improve your knowledge of the opioid epidemic and what it means for the country as well as its citizens, here are four essential things to be aware of.

  1. Opioid prescriptions are a problem
    Approximately four out of every five people addicted to heroin report they first became addicted to prescription painkillers. Opioid prescriptions are legal but can become a problem when used for long periods of time and at high dosages. They can also become a problem when friends or a member of the family uses a person's prescription pain medication without a prescription themselves.

  2. Opioids are causing record-setting deaths
    According to the CDC, approximately 91 Americans die every day due to an overdose of opiates. Many overdoses are caused by heroin, which has twice the potency of morphine. Those who use heroin develop a tolerance to the substance and require purer and purer heroin in order to feel the effects of the drug. However, heroin is toxic and because it's impossible to measure the exact amount in order to receive the effects of the drug many of those addicted can overdose.

  3. The opioid epidemic is a nationwide public health emergency
    The Department of Health and Human Services has declared the opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency, but not a national emergency. A public health emergency doesn't have specific funding but allows the U.S. government to waive Medicaid regulations and privacy laws in order to better fight the crisis at hand.

  4. Fentanyl is a growing issue
    Fentanyl is an opiate with 100-times the potency of morphine. It's incredibly addictive and very dangerous, especially to those addicted to heroin. This is because fentanyl has been sold on the streets in recent years as heroin without the substance user's knowledge.

Fortunately, there is treatment for opioid addiction available. Methadone rehab centers offer methadone treatments for those addicted to opioids to reduce withdrawal symptoms and the urge to use the addictive substance. For more information on methadone and how it works, contact Sundance Methadone Treatment Center today.

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