The use of Opioids is becoming a growing problem for Americans. Opioids are medications that are used for chronic pain. Many people are addicted to opioids due to the growing pandemic issue with chronic pain.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse defines Opioids as a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others. These drugs are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body.
According to Council on Foreign Relation, eight hundred Americans are overdosing and dying from Opioids weekly. Opioids are being misused in the form of prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Once the body has reached its level of resistance, it requires you to have a higher dose of medication to get the same effect on the bodies need to reduce pain.
Why are we seeing the rise of Opioid Abuse? Are Americans having to deal with more stress, depression, and work related pain issues, which is causing the rise of the Opioid epidemic?
In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates. This subsequently led to widespread diversion and misuse of these medications before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive. – National Institute of Drug Abuse
America is known to be a drug factory of its own. We sale push and make drugs daily in order to meet the needs of the American people. Is America creating its own problem by creating the very thing we our trying to fight? The Opioid epidemic!
The Drug Cartels Maybe On The Rise
Since the increase of Opioids, many gangs that sell drugs may also be a contributing factor to the problem as well. These cartels or gangs are creating a national security crisis by selling addictive Opioids. Mexican drug lords and drug dealers may be pushing drugs across the American borders for those Americans who have a serious drug problem, but can’t get prescription medications. Drugs are big business and America has a big problem.
Domestic and foreign drug dealers are also making huge profits off the billion dollar drug crisis. A lot of drug dealers look for low-cost ways to sell drugs that don’t require a huge overhead cost. Opioids may just be their ticket to fame and fortune.
Black Communities Are Seeing An Increase in Opioid Use
The Black community is no stranger to drug use. In the eighties, we had the crack era, and that sent black community into a spiral in cities like DC, Los Angles, New Jersey, Detroit and other urban communities across America. Now, in twenty eighteen, you can find drug dealers right on the corner selling opioids. “Folks are overdosing and passing out right in front of the doctor office,” says Dr. Edwin Chapman of the Northeast Medical Center in Washington DC.
Troubling times are heading to the black communities of America with the drug crisis. Eighty percent of the opioid death in DC are among blacks. Many drug addicts are mixing drugs together which is causing some addicts to drop dead. Heroin addicts are mixing drugs with fentanyl which is a synthetic drug that is laced with heroin and other street drugs says, Dr. Melissa Clarke.
The Black community is no stranger to the drug epidemic. Opioids are no different. Black folks have always been targeted to be at the bottom of a well known crisis. The American Drug factory knows no color when the end result is devastation and destruction.
Opioid abuse is on the rise and no one is safe. America may be creating a monster that they can’t kill. Prescription medications are not available to everyone. Communities all across America are feeling the effects of opioid abuse. Drug addiction is real and so are the deaths that go with it.
America has been known to be a drug factory of its own. We sale push and create drugs daily in order to meet the needs of the American people. Is America creating its own problem by creating the very thing we are trying to fight? The Opioid epidemic!
Prescription pain medication is not a silent problem anymore. Pain pills and drugs are now becoming a style that is growing among people of all economic classes. Black communities are becoming a haven for drug use and opioid abuse, along with black folks dying daily.
This could be the beginning of a serious drug crisis in America.