There are few at this point who are not cognizant of the truly terrible opioid epidemic that our nation is currently stuck in. This has been an all-encompassing, encroaching, and a pretty vivid problem that has affected all fifty states.
No one likes to confront the existence of an addiction amongst their family members or loved ones. But sadly, given the current drug scene in modern-day America, that is exactly what many American families are having to do.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the total economic blow that the nation is struck with every year from the drug and alcohol addiction problem now numbers in at more than seventy-eight billion dollars a year. Yes, that is an annual cost.
Can science cure addiction? This is one of those age-old questions. Highly debated. Constantly contested. Rarely agreed upon. We’re always hearing about the scientific research studies where scientists are able to supposedly “cure” addiction in lab rats.
In 21st century America, drug and alcohol abuse is becoming more common, perhaps more common than it ever has been before. We are faced with a drug addiction epidemic , a crippling nightmare that has caused more than twenty-four million Americans to become hooked on drugs and alcohol.
This is probably the most debated subject in the field of drug use and alcoholism. It is extremely controversial, and people rarely see eye to eye on it. And in just a few paragraphs we are going to crack this wide open.
Did you know that the pharmaceutical industry plans to submit more than nine-hundred new pharmaceutical drugs to the Food and Drug Administration for approval between now and 2022? This is the gravity of the world we live in, a world where we use pharmaceutical drugs as a solution to just about everything.
Contrary to popular belief, it is the wealthier countries that actually have more devastating drug problems and addiction issues in general than the poorer countries do. In fact, drug abuse and alcoholism is now more a problem for the middle-class and even the wealthy than it likely ever has been.
It is no mystery to anyone that the use and abuse of painkiller drugs, for self-medicative or recreational reasons, is an extremely unhealthy choice. This is no mystery to us.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of U.S. babies born addicted to opioids has increased by more than three-hundred percent in the last fifteen years.