DRUG OVERDOSE STATISTICS
In September 2019, I wrote a perhaps overly optimistic piece about the fact that America was finally seeing a downturn in overdose deaths. In the more than ten years I’d been writing about this topic, I had only seen the steadiest of climbs in these numbers. I had no idea—and neither did anyone else—how much worse things would get.
Drug overdoses are one of the leading health problems in the United States. And while drug addiction is present in every U.S. state, the crisis touches down with more force in some states than in others. Maryland is one such state.
What if Car Crashes Increased at the Same Rate as Drug Overdoses? What Would Public Reaction Be Then?
While drug overdose deaths climbed from 16,800 to more than 70,000 over a 20 year period, was America’s response appropriately strong and determined? If not, why not?
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.
Recently, I was editing an article about the opioid epidemic and I read a statistic that seemed quite salient to the discussion at hand. It seemed to illustrate the problem in a clear easy to understand fashion that anyone could understand.
There’s been a significant climb in drug overdoses amongst people under the age of eighteen. This has cropped up just in the last few years.
No one necessarily wants to hear about the greatest struggles that our nation faces and how bad these problems are getting, but sometimes we have to confront these issues and really confront them.
At this point, it is all but common knowledge that the United States is struggling with a very serious drug addiction epidemic. Since the late 1990s, this problem has been growing and expanding, creating big difficulties and significant crisis for millions upon millions of Americans.
The United States is trapped in the fiery chaos of an opioid epidemic. This has been an ongoing problem for almost twenty years, a gripping quandary of efforts to resolve pain phenomena amongst Americans and yet still avoid addiction difficulties.
As is the nature of human beings, we don’t like to dwell on the grim truth that is the hardships of our fellows and the struggles that so many Americans face. But we have to look at these issues. We have to sit side-by-side and face them, for only in facing them will we ever actually reduce them.