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How Did More than Seventy-Two Thousand Die from Overdoses in 2017? New Numbers and Their Explanation
Did you know that seventy-two thousand Americans died from drug overdoses in 2017? This is a shocking statistic.
Drug and alcohol addiction is said by some to be the bane of our health in 21st-century America. And that’s not far off the mark either.
Let’s take a moment to examine the overall position of the United States to the rest of the world, not in the ways in which we are perhaps more accustomed, but rather in a way that is perhaps a little more unique.
Just like with most things, there is a geographic influence in the drug problem. Some states and some areas are more harshly affected than others are. In this article, we’ll explore some of the more harshly affected areas that have been severely influenced by substance abuse.
In the subject and arena of drug and alcohol addiction, there is always the debated topic of whether we should treat drugs addicts through rehabilitation, or whether we should just incarcerate them. Americans go back and forth on this topic constantly.
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.
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.
Arkansas is a very rural state with widely scattered population centers. These remote areas permit the infiltration of Mexican drug cartels who bring addictive, deadly substances into the state.
In every state but Missouri, there’s a statewide Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, a program intended to curb abuse of prescription drugs. Missouri counties and cities are setting up their own programs.
It seems like it’d always be desirable for a city to show up in a list of the Top Ten or Twenty for some particular quality. Florida is no newcomer to these honors. But this time, Florida is not exactly honored by taking two places on a new “Top 15” list.