For those that aren’t caught up on the subject, the Opioid Crisis refers to a nation-wide crisis in the U.S. where entire states are being devoured by a drug overdose. To be more specific, we’re talking about drugs that fall under the opioid category. Under the cover of legal drugs such as morphine, codeine or hydrocodone, you can also find illegal drugs such as heroin.
What’s the catch?
Drug addiction is not a new issue, either in the U.S. or globally, but the Opioid Crisis is way more than that. People are falling into traps of their own design and the situation has the potential of getting even worse, to the point of no return.
How do opioids work?
In case you were wondering how exactly these drugs work, here’s a quick rundown. As you have probably noticed, most drugs in this category are the kind prescribed as painkillers, or with the intention of relieving pain. These types of medication activate the brain’s pleasure centers and that’s what makes them so desirable. Not only are the pleasure centers in full swing, but the drugs are relieve one’s pain.
The key factor for causing the problem could be overprescribing
Usually when a problem scales up to this level, there are more than one causes. However, in this particular context, many agree on the fact that the Opioid Crisis can finds its roots in the zealous prescription of such medicine, by doctors that have an itchy prescribing hand.
Expanding on the prescription situation
There is a large number of people that require these drugs on a regular basis in order to cope with genuine pain caused by various sources. Whether they’ve got hurt really bad during an accident, they have a disease or they’ve just gone through an operation, these people need meds like morphine or codeine in order to suppress the agonizing pain. It is believed that around 20% o all American patients that suffer from some kind of pain that doesn’t come from cancer get the opioid treatment, meaning one form of prescription or another.
Giving someone a painkiller when they’re in pain is not reckless, in fact it is what they’re meant for in the first place. However, the problems start to appear when the decision that they need painkillers is made too quickly. What it all boils down to is the fact that many doctors are too quick to pull out their prescription form and just scribble away. While some doctor’s hearts are in the right place, it doesn’t change the fact that reckless prescriptions could have potentially lead to a nation-wide crisis.
The authorities seem to agree with this presumption, since they are cracking down on doctors that aren’t more reserved with their prescriptions.