IN THE COMMUNITY
HOW BAD IS THE OPIOD EPIDEMIC?
Posted on: March 4th 2016
The opioid epidemic has been called the worst drug crisis in American history. Death rates now rival those of AIDS during the 1990s, and with overdoses from heroin and other opioids now killing more than 27,000 people a year, the crisis has led to urgent calls for action.
The epidemic didn’t happen overnight. Over the course of more than a decade, it has grown into a problem destroying lives across the nation, regardless of age, race, wealth or location.
Here’s a look at how it happened and who is most affected.
This is a must read article: How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?
TWELVE STATES HAVE MORE OPIOID PRESCRIPTIONS THAN PEOPLE.
DRUGS NOW KILL MORE AMERICANS THAN CARS
OPIOIDS PRESCRIPTIONS TRIPLED OVER 20 YEARS