The often false, painful and confusing narrative of how a person becomes addictive is at the center of much debate. For many years, addiction was seen as a problem for the inner city, or the morally weak. Worse, when a person didn't fit this narrative, they were labeled with different terms.
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.
If you’ve heard of fentanyl, odds are you know something about just how dangerous and risky this drug is. By itself, the opioid drug fentanyl causes thousands upon thousands of overdose deaths every year. And it happens even when someone is using the substance exactly as prescribed.
It’s no small task to measure the addiction potential of a substance. But researchers still put in the effort do this in order to furnish us with valuable information about different drugs. That information can help us greatly in addressing the drug crisis that our nation is mired in.
Drug use and excessive alcohol consumption cause and worsen a very long list of physical and mental illnesses. To maintain a healthy life, avoiding drug use, or recovering from addiction, are vital first steps.
Sometimes we hear this idea tossed around that, “Not all drugs are created equal,” or “Not all drugs are the same, some are worse than others.” We have to be careful with this concept because it precludes the general fundamental truth that all drugs are unhealthy and risky.
Anyone involved in recovery from drug addiction knows that drugs in the opioid category are taking more lives than any other. What is not making headlines at this point is that cocaine is still taking thousands of lives each year.