DRUG OVERDOSE STATISTICS
Every year we're given clear reports on drug deaths in America. But new data suggests that these reports have severely underestimated the real crisis of drug fatalities across the 50 states.
With the onset of the New Year and the new decade ahead , I decided to do some light reading of health-related reports for the last twenty years, as well as projections for the coming decade. I happened across a report from Brookings. Its opening statement was pretty grim.
In the last year, several pharmaceutical lawsuits have come to the forefront of our attention. We can thank the media for that. But in this case, it’s a good thing that these lawsuits have been reported on so extensively. We’re speaking of course of the state and federal lawsuits against pharma companies for the hand that such organizations played in the creation of the opiate epidemic.
The conversation on heroin has almost always centered on overdose and for a good reason. The statistics on heroin overdoses are frightening (more on the statistics later). But now a new threat has appeared on the horizon. Now, it’s not just overdosing that addicts and their family members and loved ones have to worry about.
The United States is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, wealthiest, and most advanced countries in the world. And while we should always anticipate some shortcomings in even the greatest of nations, it comes as a surprise that the United States takes fifth place in the entire world for drug overdose deaths. The U.S. is ahead of almost all other developed nations for drug overdoses. The U.S. also loses more people per capita to drug overdoses than most third-world countries. How could this be?
In a lawsuit filed by the State of Oklahoma, we are learning more about how Johnson & Johnson helped create the opioid epidemic that has robbed more than a half-million Americans of their lives.
Drugs and alcohol have claimed more Millennials than any other generation. Millennials are typically defined as those who were born anywhere between 1981 and 1996. They were the generation who not only witnessed the rise of technology but also experienced it first hand.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people die from overdoses on opioid drugs every day. Such opioids include pharmaceutical pain relievers, heroin, fentanyl, and synthetic hybrid combinations of different opioid drugs.
By now it is no new story that the United States is struggling with a pretty severe drug overdose problem. At this time, tens of thousands of people are dying from drug overdoses every year. Though statistics have not yet been tabulated for 2018, more than 70,200 people died from overdoses in 2017.
In my morning reading, I happened across an article in U.S. News which discussed the disparity of the opioid crisis in America. The report, written by Robert Preidt, a HealthDay reporter, focused on the opioid turmoil as it has touched down in Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, New Hampshire, and Ohio.