Opioid addiction in the USA has reached epidemic proportions and USA without any doubt has the dubious honor of leading in the world. This is one of USA worst ever crises in history. More than millions of Americans are suffering from opioid addiction. Levels of risk are that high it even influences, and it is becoming a threat to national security and economy. The USA as the richest country in the world has declined life expectancy for years now.
There is more than one cause why America has the biggest problem with opioids than any other country. One of this causes is abnormal medication prescribing. There is no universal healthcare paid by taxes in the USA, mostly is privatized system of care, so individuals must get their insurance which especially for poor people pays only for some pills. No one wants to pay for physical therapies, and if does it requires a lot of paperwork. And as you imagine results of this situation is prescribing a lot of opioids known as painkillers.They affect the nervous system and act as a pain reliever. Especially cheap heroin which is very accessible and very similar to other opioids in prescriptions.
This similarity encourages addicts to find these two as alternatives which leads to frightening consequences. Advertising on TV, which is allowed only in the USA and New Zealand, is also one of the causes that support this epidemic where people with minimum knowledge and education about medication are in greatest danger. Aggressively marketing the opioids as best low-risk solutions for almost any chronic pain was leading way to disaster. But more frightening is the fact of poor training of doctors and medical staff in the area of addiction and pain treatments.
Need to act is urgent because picture about this can’t be more clear and more dangerous. This is a disease, and it needs to be recognized like that. It is not a moral failure; it is public health epidemic which can only be stopped with proper access to medical counseling and treatments. This is mostly considered as a most effective method of getting people off opioids for good. Encouraging other strategies for dealing with pain and regulating law about prescriptions in combination with reducing supplies by right law enforcement could be a great start winning this battle.
A whole new way of thinking is needed which will be able to normalize and rationalize the drug use reality radically.