Fentanyl is a powerful opiate that has caused major issues with addiction and overdoses in the US. But why is it so widely available? What has led to its increased presence on the streets? Let’s take a look at why fentanyl is so widely accessible and what can be done to fight the spread of this dangerous drug. The Rise of Fentanyl Fentanyl is an incredibly potent synthetic opioid that has been around since the 1960s but has only recently become more widely used as a recreational drug. This can be attributed to two main factors: increased availability and lower cost. Over the past few years, there has been a significant increase in the number of illicitly produced fentanyl products [...]
Over 100 million individuals in the United States alone suffer from chronic pain. In fact, studies show that the economic burden of chronic pain exceeds $600 billion. Many Americans struggle with conditions that are associated with chronic pain such as severe headaches and migraines, back pain, arthritis, and cancer just to mention a few. Millions of prescriptions are written by doctors each day for opioid-based pain medications. Unfortunately, opioids are the most commonly used medication for chronic pain at a time when the U.S. is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. Many of the powerful opioids used in pain management are known to cause harmful side effects and can often lead to addiction. Although opioids have been used effectively [...]
America has been in the grips of an addiction epidemic for decades. While the drugs and substances change, the end result is the same: chaos, broken families, overdose, tragedy, and death. While hope remains due to the millions of individuals and families that find recovery, millions more stay in the painful cycle of addiction. The biggest recent issue within the addiction epidemic in America is the ongoing opioid crisis. Years ago, due in large part to the marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller OxyContin, America was gripped by opioids. Millions of Americans became addicted to prescription narcotics, some doctor shopping for multiple prescriptions, others turning to illicit street drugs like heroin, and more just staying in a cycle of [...]
Although it seemed for a time that the nationwide opioid epidemic was starting to get under control, the isolation and social disconnection due to the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown America’s opioid crisis into overdrive. Throughout towns, cities, counties, and states throughout America, the number of fatal and non-fatal opioid overdoses are rising, and more and more individuals are in need of detox and treatment for opioid addiction. Although America’s opioid crisis is an ongoing national story, regularly covered in the news media and in publications, because opioids are often prescribed, there is still some concern that people do not know what to look for regarding if they are developing a physical dependency to, substance use disorder with, or full-blown [...]
The dangers of heroin and other synthetic opioid painkillers are well known. For over a decade, America has been waging war against the opioid epidemic, until COVID-19 the worst public health crisis in the country. However, over the last several years, America’s dangerous relationship with opioids has taken an even more deadly turn with the rise in use and misuse of the powerful drug fentanyl. As the numbers of non-fatal and fatal drug overdoses increase annually, spiking with the most drug-related overdoses in a 12-month period during the coronavirus pandemic ending in May 2020 (the latest available statistics), the main culprit taking the lives of thousands of Americans is no longer heroin or prescription pills like OxyContin, but rather fentanyl. [...]
Addiction is a chronic, progressive illness that can be fatal if left untreated. Most individuals that suffer from addiction and substance use disorder know they are in need of help and that their lives are out of control and fairly unmanageable way before they ever begin searching for help.
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues throughout the United States, and the country deals with the civil unrest and racial inequality issues boiling over after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, we must deal with these issues head-on without forgetting about another public health epidemic that continues to plague America: The opioid crisis.