In a recent news piece from CBS News, one of the top pharmaceutical companies for opioid pain reliever production, Purdue Pharmaceuticals, has now received a patent for making a drug that is advertised as being able to treat opioid addiction.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.
The truth about opioid pain reliever drugs and their stark similarities to heroin and other illegal street opioids is more than well known. But what about the common amphetamine drug Adderall?
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.
One would have had to have been living under a rock not to know about the 21st century opioid epidemic that our country is struggling with. It’s been terrible, it’s been all over the news, it’s been a constantly growing and expanding problem, and for the most part, we as a nation have been unable to do anything to hinder the growth of such a crippling crisis.
What are the kids doing now? Every year it seems, young people find a new drug to abuse, a new way to get high, or something different to experiment with. Or, if it is not a “new” drug, young people seem to “bring a drug back” that had been in use for some time but which had fallen out of popularity.
In the world of drug use and addiction, only one thing is certain: This world will never stop changing. New drugs will appear and old ones will fade away. Supply and demand will ebb and flow. The only way to stay safe and protect your family is to stay aware of the changes that might affect your loved ones.
The Centers on Disease Control and Prevention just released figures on the number of Americans we lost to drugs or alcohol in 2015. How much worse were these numbers compared to 1999?
As we see more drug overdoses, we are also seeing more serious medical conditions connected to drug abuse that often send people to ERs, further overloading these facilities.