Addiction

An Opioid addiction case study

Hundreds of people in the United States are dying due to opioid overdoses, and sales in the US

Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the body and brain. Opioid pain relievers are usually harmless when taken for a short time under any prescribed doctor, but as they produce euphoria in addition to pain relief, they can be misconducted (occupied in a different way or in a higher quantity than prescribed or taken without a doctor’s prescription). Consistent use as prescribed by a doctor can lead to dependence, but when misused, opioid pain relievers can lead to addiction, overdose incidents, and even deaths.

Opioids become hazardous for the people in the United States, as every day the number of consuming opioids in a different way or in a greater quantity than prescribed or taken without a doctor’s consent is increasing. More people are getting addicted towards opioids, and as a result of every day, hundreds of people in the United States are dying due to opioid overdoses. Drug overdoses become the prime cause of death for Americans under the age of 50; people in the United States are now more likely to die from a drug overdose than from car accidents or firearms. Currently, The United States has the highest percentage of drug-related deaths in the world. Drug death has increased among all age groups since 1999, but it is now highest between those ages of 25 to 54.

Since the 1990s, the volume of prescribed opioids began to grow and as a result of the number of overdoses and deaths from prescribed opioids also increased. However, the volume of prescribed opioids has increased, but the amount of pain reported by the Americans did not decrease. From 1999 to 2017, almost 218,000 people died in the United States due to overdoses of prescribed opioids. Overdose deaths including prescribed opioids were five times higher in 2017 than in 1999.

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Mental Illness and Substance Abuse Around the World: No End in Sight


Mental health and substance abuse disorders affect people of all countries


The world has long been a frightening, sad place for many of its citizens and it appears that things aren’t getting any better as we struggle through the first quarter of the twenty-first century. If this seems like old news, the depth of the current state of mental illness and substance abuse around the world may surprise you.


According to statistics released recently by Our World in Data, 1.1 billion people, or more than 15 percent of the world’s population, have some type of mental health or substance abuse disorder. No nation is immune.

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Mental health issues are on the rise worldwide

Mental and Substance Use Disorders as a Share of Total Disease Burden from 1990 to 2016

Many recent studies have indicated that mental health issues are on the rise worldwide. Anxiety and depression are markedly higher in all age groups, particularly among high school and college students.


Anxiety and depression are markedly higher in all age groups, particularly among high school and college students
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The depression advantage: An interview story with Richard Thorpe

How a battle with mental health shaped a pro athletes life

They told me no one was allowed over the canal, and, looking along the road towards the bridge,

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Why likely over 50 Percent of World Economic Forum Attendees Struggle with an Addiction

World Economic Forum: Mental Health and Addiction

The World Economic Forum draws many of the best and the brightest minds from the most competitive economies in the world. Leaders from the most peaceful countries are expected to attend, along with representatives of the smallest and largest countries by population, and quite possibly the most densely populated country.

All of these countries, including the world’s safest countries or even the happiest country, even those at the top of the World Happines Report, have one thing in common, and it isn’t the gender gap, patterns of movement of people, or worries about the state of the earth in 100 years. All are concerned about the growing problem with mental health and addiction, both of which present significant economic and moral dilemmas.

Addiction at the Top of the Ladder

All the money and prestige in the world doesn’t provide safety and security against substance abuse and addiction. In fact, numerous studies in the past couple of decades suggest that at least half of all wealthy, high-profile people have some type of addiction — substantially more than folks in the middle income brackets.

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Is your Co-founder suffering from depression?

Entrepreneurs & Suicide

Some of the world’s wealthiest, smartest, most successful entrepreneurs are choosing to take their own lives, and the number is growing year by year.

In 2018, suicide was blamed for the death of one of America’s most successful real estate auction firms, the co-founder and CEO of a popular gaming app, an American fashion designer, a Swiss insurance executive, and a well-known chef and author, among many others.

The high suicide rate is surprising to many, considering that successful entrepreneurs appear to have ideal lives with fewer financial problems and ready access to mental health care that is out of reach to many people. Although suicide is complex and difficult to understand, extreme stress, burnout, and depression are often to blame.

Entrepreneurs and Mental Illness: Statistics

Statistics on the rate of suicides among entrepreneurs are hard to come by, possibly because families prefer to keep the suicide of one of their own a closely guarded secret. Often, it seems that only the suicides of prominent, high-profile entrepreneurs tend to show up in the press.

However, depression and other mental illness among entrepreneurs aren’t uncommon. Forbes Magazine recently reported the results of a survey of 242 entrepreneurs conducted by researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

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Poster on UHNWI drug addiction

23.10.2018, Paracelsus Recovery

From Rags to Riches to Addiction — The Downfall of Billionaires

When we look into the data we see a staggering 54% of the family fortunes getting lost due to addiction & mental health issues. These two issues are more often than not intertwined and further reinforce each other. Often addictive substances are used as a coping mechanism to relieve uncomfortable feelings due to mental health issues (e.g. drinking alcohol to reduce social anxiety) and/or mental health issues could be the result of having abused addictive substances (e.g. feeling depressed or anxious after an alcohol binge).

This infographic clearly shows what ultra-wealthy families don’t want anyone to know about issues in the family: the majority of family fortunes get lost because of addiction & mental health issues.

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MARKET INSIGHT: UNCALCULATED RISK

MENTAL HEALTH MANAGEMENT

FROM @campdenfb ca|ARTICLE | 10 APRIL, 2018 07:00 AM | BY JAN GERBER

Wealthy families spend significant sums monitoring and managing financial, operational, and other risks, yet mental health issues are equally as dangerous when they affect key family members or principals.

“Rags to riches and back again in three generations.” We’ve heard it more times than we can count, but the sad truth is, the old adage is true far too often. Great wealth is earned by the hard-working first generation, only to disappear by the third.

There is bound to be plenty of finger-pointing when family wealth trickles away. Some blame economic downturns, bad investments, regulatory changes, shifts in business or industry, and dilution of wealth spread among more family members. In the quest to preserve family fortunes, traditional risk management can involve anything from financial hedging, diversification, and legal ring-fencing, to various strategies such as cyber security and professional reputation management.

 

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