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.(more…)