Opioids Epidemic Facing Americans Today: Addiction and Treatment in New York and Tri-State Area


Two years ago, more than 52,000 Americans died of drug overdoses, with nearly two-thirds of which were directly linked to opioids such as Percocet, OxyContin, heroin, and fentanyl. Panning the history of drug overdose deaths in US history, the statistics of this (opioid) crisis is even higher than past heroin epidemics, the crack epidemic, or the recent meth epidemic. It’s no wonder that it’s been dubbed the “deadliest drug crisis, ever.”


The opioid crisis is killing at a higher rate than crack or any other recent plague. At the peak of the crack epidemic there were about two deaths per 100,000 Americans. Today, the opioid epidemic is killing 10.3 per 100,000 ~ Christopher Caldwell stated in his essay “American Carnage” 



The Washington Post reported that just in Stark County, Ohio, alone, “The number of opioid-related deaths has increased by 20 percent in the past year. The county just asked the state to send over a cold storage trailer because the morgue is already full.”


Although some past research has indicated that the epidemic gained momentum due to counts of doctors prescribing legal painkillers, it took years of deaths mounting to arrive at an epidemic point — and it’s only worsened. Over the last 16 years, more than 560,000 people nationwide lost their lives to drug overdoses — a death toll that is larger than the entire population of Atlanta.



Here is an astute article by the New York Times that sheds more light on the opioids epidemic facing Americans today.  

Excerpt from the article (and link) below: “Let’s Go for a Win on Opioids”

“The most dangerous day for an addict is the day he’s released from some sort of custody. On this day the dosage that he handled comfortably two weeks before could cause his death.”




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