~~June 5, 2016~~
This isn’t anything new.
It’s been the reality of many American families, kept in secret for the stigma it brings.
Losing well known personalities to this addiction should bring the topic to the forefront for further discussion.
Recognizing this as a medical condition is mandatory.
Treatment should be available, not only to well known personalities but also to the common “Joe“.
Big Pharma seems to be working to make a fortune on treatment for this condition.
This should be stopped.
American citizens need help not secrecy, price gouging or stigmatization.
Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger all died from opioid overdoses
Toxicology results are in.
Prince died from an opioid overdose. He became just one of thousands of Americans who have fallen victim to prescription painkillers. Since 1999, the number of opioid-related deaths have nearly quadrupled.
Opioids – whether prescription painkillers or heroin – reduce the perception of pain and create feelings of pleasure. They are highly addictive. Over time, the body’s opioid receptors become accustomed to the drug; users may need to take a higher dose to get the same euphoric feelings and stave off withdrawal. When taken in excess, opioids can kill users by depressing their ability to breathe.
And as the Boston Globe reports, the United States is dealing with two inter-related drug abuse epidemics: One for prescription pills, and one for heroin.
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Prince, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Heath Ledger all died from opioid overdoses.
Here’s how it starts:
~~Why Opioids Are Killing So Many Americans~~
~~Published on Jun 3, 2016~~
Opioid addiction has killed a quarter of a million American in the past 15 years. And it often begins with a legal prescription from a doctor.
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