September 26, 2016
Perhaps the most dangerous and most concerning drug abuse issue and crisis of them all right now is with that of pharmaceutical pill drug addiction and abuse. This is truly saddening to say the least as it is this type of abuse crisis that tends to make the biggest effects and the biggest crisis by far in the nation, even though these drugs are totally legal and, “helpful.” This is really disappointing because pharmaceutical drugs are supposed to make our lives easier, and they are often strongly recommended to people even though they are highly addictive and dangerous and even lethal in tens of thousands of cases every year.
What has been noticed now more than ever is the corruption between big pharma and the federal government. Prescription drugs is a multi-billion dollar industry in which a lot of people make a lot of money for a lot more people to be put on and eventually addicted to pharmaceutical drugs. Unfortunately, major pharmaceutical companies also have a lot of congress and other individuals in their pocket too, and this has made for troubles indeed when it comes to banning certain drugs that are immensely addictive and dangerous.
Coincidentally, the prescription drug addiction crisis is also one of the most underreported and least discussed addiction crisis issue of them all in the United States, probably because so many wealthy American corporate moguls stand to profit so much from it. The truth is the truth though, and that is easily defined by even just one quote from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“Prescription drug abuse and addiction is the number one most concerning drug abuse and addiction-related issue in the entire United States. As of this past year, it is the only substance in the history of the nation to advance beyond a, ‘Crisis,’ and into the level of an actual, ‘Epidemic.’ Truthfully speaking, if something is not done soon on this issue then the situation will only get much, much worse than it’s already currently terrifying status quo.”
Looking at the Facts
By no means at all is this article is not meant to harm, defame, or incriminate anyone even though the abuse of pharmaceutical drugs does carry with it significant legal repercussions that should always be taken into consideration by anyone who is fantasizing about pharmaceutical drug use and abuse. Furthermore, pharmaceutical companies are under close watch now because of the insane pill abuse and addiction crisis that is hitting the nation currently.
However, for all intents and purposes the intention and the basic, forward drive behind this article really is to just merely make an attempt at raising one’s awareness on the overall, major issue of the fact that there really is a very real prescription drug addiction epidemic in the nation today. This article is trying to shed some light on the very real problems of the nation that we as citizens struggle with today as a result of prescription drug addiction and abuse.
To aide us and others in our quest to inform the populace of the crisis that is addiction in the nation today, many organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, (CDC), the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Trust for American Health,(TAH), have all worked together diligently and continuously to provide such statistical data and cruel yet very, very true evidence on this very real crisis and problem for all to see and bear witness to so that something can be done about it. For example:
• Statistics show that opiate abuse (including pharmaceutical opiate pills) and opiate addiction in general cost Americans over $484 billion each and every year. This amount includes healthcare costs and abuses of the healthcare system, lost wages, car accidents, crime, and criminal justice system costs. Opiate use and addiction in general is linked to at least fifty percent if not more of the major crimes in the United States, and at least half of all suspects arrested for violent crimes (homicide, assault, etc.) were under the influence of opiates when they were arrested.
• Reports indicate that nearly a full two-thirds of people in opiate abuse treatment report were physically or sexually abused as children and that resulted in their substance abuse. The 2002 Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) reported that in the year of 2002, heroin-related and opiate pill-related hospital Emergency Department episodes numbered no less than 93,519.
• In the year of 2006, approximately 20.4 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit opiate users and abusers. This could be with either heroin or opiate pills or both even. According to the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web Site), 605,000 Americans of the age of 12 and older had abused heroin at least once in the year prior to being surveyed for it.
What to Do About It
In this day and age the only truly successful and efficient way of addressing addiction, especially when it involves something like prescription drug addiction, lies in getting those who are addicted to such drugs into and through addiction rehabilitation centers and programs. Now more than ever these methods and these approaches are needed and wanted to help address and eradicate the addiction crisis once and for all.