PEGGY COTE, RN
More people die from drug overdoses than some forms of cancer in the United States. It’s one of the leading causes of premature, preventable deaths and the situation is continuing to worsen.
Parents have a lot to worry about these days while raising their children. One of the scariest things for any parent to confront is the prevalence of drugs in our current society.
There are many things that drive the current drug crisis ; the desire and want for drugs, the need to blur out reality, or take a reprieve from the daily grind of life.
I guess you could say what goes around, comes around. Things seem to have come full-circle in the opioid crisis and it’s not good news. Recently Dr. Richard Sackler, of Purdue Pharma, was given approval on a patent for a new, marvel form of buprenorphine to be used for the treatment of opioid addiction. That’s right, the man whose family owns the company thought to be responsible for the opioid crisis was just given permission to formulate a drug to fight the very thing his family may have helped to create.
Methamphetamine has taken hold of our society in just the same fashion as heroin and benzos.
We can’t ignore the fact that there’s a huge benzodiazepine problem happening concurrent with the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic . Currently being called a “ syndemic ,” the drug problem in the U.S.
It doesn’t seem like ‘ Spice ’ is ever really going to go away. It’s one of those weird drugs that came out a while back, hurt a bunch of people, and we don’t seem to be able to fully get rid of it.
The amount of fentanyl being found throughout the United States is beyond comprehension. While the problem was bad enough years ago, all it’s done is gotten worse and worse by the day.
Opioid addiction is strange to me, to be honest. Not strange that people can get addicted to them but it’s what people do after getting addicted to them that boggles my mind a bit. There’s some weird, weird things we’ll do in our full-blown addiction, all to get high or make the withdrawal go away. And the thing is, no one talks about it.
Right now, we’re in the midst of the worst drug epidemic in recorded history. It’s so bad, that more people died as a result of a drug overdose last year than the total number of Americans killed during the Vietnam War.