A recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health detailed a rise in the use of meth by pregnant women. Much of the use has been linked to rising use of opioids. Women will use an opioid as a painkiller along the lines of prescription drugs like oxycodone,
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed in November that more than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses around the country. Of those, 5,456 were in Pennsylvania, which accounted for the worst year on record. In Philadelphia alone, 1,217 people fell victim to drug overdose. On the heels of these numbers comes the announcement of the state’s participation in a 10-state-wide initiative based on former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to combat the opioid epidemic,
Opioid deaths continue grab headlines, but other illicit drug use is still happening and overdoses are on the rise across all dangerous controlled substances. 70,000 people nationally died of overdoses in 2017 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Of these, each year from 2011 to 2017, cocaine remained second or third within the rankings as the drug most responsible for the overdose deaths.
For many people, the holidays are about family and friends, relaxing and enjoying the winter season, lots of food, lots of presents, lots of love. This scenario isn’t as universal as it might seem as you travel through your town and see holiday decorations hanging off trees, lights on houses and trees and hear holiday music on the radio.
Much of the talk around alcoholism and risks, especially given to younger people like high school and college students, center around the physical world. Advice typically given involve very surface level warnings such as ‘don’t drink and drive’, ‘drink a glass of water with each drink’, ‘don’t go to parties alone if alcohol is being served’ and other tips that speak to very specific immediate safety concerns with use.
The outward appearance of many addicts to people who aren’t afflicted with the disease tend to view it based on that perception. Most can’t understand why someone who’s been into the emergency room one or more times for an overdose would continue to engage in the harmful activity of drug abuse.
Opioid addiction is an ongoing problem in American health. While it’s medical use is undeniably positive when used in proper settings, it has shown to be difficult to deny that when used outside of a medical facility by trained professionals to be as positive. The unfortunate truth is that a large portion of opioid addicts begin with medically prescribed painkillers and end up using heroin or fentanyl.