The last opioid news is worse than ever. For the first time in history, Americans are more likely to die from an opioid overdose than a car accident.1 This opioid statistic applies to all Americans, addicts and non-addicts alike. The opioid epidemic has reached levels that make the term crisis seem like an under exaggeration.
The worst part of the opioid crisis? These deaths are preventable. Unlike traffic collisions, overdoses can be stopped at the source – addiction. Drug treatment facilities in South Florida take in a thousands of patients from the upper North East United States that travel south for a chance to regain control of their lives. These are reactive measures used to prevent opioid overdose.
According to CBS: 2
The National Safety Council recommends a number of steps for tackling the problem of opioid misuse: increasing access to addiction treatment; making naloxone (also known as Narcan), a drug that can reverse an opioid overdose, more readily available; and increasing training in pain-management for opioid prescribers.
Some emergency vehicle works turn to online forums and reveal that they respond to more overdoses than car accidents. They are seeing the opioid crisis play out in front of their own eyes. Police officers are trained to provide basic health care and counseling for addicts they encounter on the job.3 And almost all emergency responders now carry Narcan, a lifesaving drug that brings back addicts overdosing on opioids.
Some point to the latest increase in the amount of cutting. Opioids and heroin are easy to cut with Fentanyl; a drug that is 10 times more potent than heroin and just as deadly. The latest sweep of Fentanyl is one reason for the increase in overdoses caused by opioids.
The other is simply the easy access to the drug in the past. Though the FDA and regulatory commission of the United States have begun to increase the oversight of opioid prescriptions. These measures were put into place as recently as 2017 to curtail the opioid crisis and avoid future addiction issues.
Opioid addiction usually starts with addiction to prescription drugs. There are many treatment facilities for prescription drug addiction that could be lifesaving. If you or someone you know need help, please reach out to one of our addiction specialists: +1 877 957 5113.
: National Safety Council – For the First Time, We’re More Likely to Die From Accidental Opioid Overdose Than Motor Vehicle Crash
: Washington Post – As opioid overdoses rise, police officers become counselors, doctors and social workers