Summer is upon us, and for most people, this an exciting and fun season. The sun’s out, the temperatures are up, and there is an energy and aliveness in the air. But for some of us, the summertime can bring a bit of a struggle.
When I see a headline in the media about opioid painkillers, the first thing I think of is addiction. And rightly so, as most news stories tend to be about the addictive nature of opioid painkillers, about overdoses, drug crime connected to painkillers, or pharma companies getting busted for their addictive products.
The United States differs from other wealthy nations in that we prefer to incarcerate drug addicts rather than provide effective long term treatment for their addictions.. Take a cursory glance at the Federal Bureau of Prisons’statistics on rates of incarceration for different types of crime. Drug crimes skyrocket above all other crimes on the chart.
Addiction and drug use is a significant health concern. Much of our attention goes to the opioid crisis. The opioid crisis is a national public health emergency, a severe and critical issue that claims tens of thousands of lives every year.
Heroin addiction. The term itself brings out feelings of discomfort, sadness, and heartache. It seems like everywhere we turn there is another story of an individual who died from a heroin overdose—a life lost, a family tormented.
The list of subjects that have as much false data on them as drugs and alcohol would be a short one indeed. The subject of drugs and alcohol is a subject that few people understand very well. And that is not helped by the fact that there is also a lot of misinformation on the subject.
For the last several years, America has been focused on overcoming an epidemic of opioid addiction. But as we fight this problem, are we unintentionally setting the stage for an epidemic of stimulant abuse?
You’ve probably heard of fentanyl, the drug that caused so many overdoses deaths, especially in the Midwest, Great Lakes States and Northeast. What most people don’t know is that there are 1400 different forms of this deadly drug.