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Opioid Epidemic

Several different factors play into why the U.S. is suffering from an opioid epidemic.  Everyone seems to be asking the same question.  How did this happen?  Opioids have been around for a very long time.  The drug comes in various forms.  The majority of use is in pain relieving form.  Doctors will prescribe the pills for anyone with chronic pain or disease.  When opioids where first issues, the most common use was for cancer patients.  Now the substance is commonly distributed.  Pharmaceutical companies are offering doctors more incentives to prescribe the drug.  

The Companies

Purdue Pharma knew the similarities between opioid pain relievers and heroin.  Before the 1990s, Purdue issued pain pills for severe cases and extra relief for untreatable diseases.  False advertisement for oxycontin came about in the 90s.  The drug was said to be nonaddictive.  Knowing the similarities to heroin, the company continued to push the product.  Eventually, the company was found guilty of misleading people to believe the substance safe.  Even with the fines paid, the company made over $2.4 billion in revenue during 2010.  

Aggressive marketing tactics from Endo Pharmaceuticals and Johnson and Johnson are examples of persuading the public to use opioids.  The companies benefited professionals in finding ways to use opioids for treatment, thus promoting narcotic prescriptions.  

Treatment for Addiction

Treatment facilities are available for people suffering from addiction, although not everyone can get the help needed.  Over 22 million Americans are fighting substance abuse.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration reported only 11% of addicts received treatment.  While not all addicts are seeking help, those who are cannot get into facilities due to insurance and costs of treatment.  The centers are also not equipped to handle the overwhelming numbers of people asking for assistance.  The demand is drastically higher than the availability of beds needed.  

Treatment for detox can take weeks.  Many patients are sent home once the body is clear of substances.  The mental state of an addict after detox is not healthy.  Therapy and continued support are needed for a successful recovery.  The facilities cannot properly help an individual without fully treating the disease.  Facilities and programs are growing.  Although, the system will need a drastic change in order to supply the demand of people in need.  Many addicts will end up in jail instead of receiving treatment.  Again, the people will get detox while in jail, the mental health treatment will not be received.  

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