Every 19 minutes, someone dies from an accidental overdose, the CDC reports.Americans represent just 5% of the world’s population, but they consume 80% of the world’s opioids.Overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999.While the amount of prescription opioids has grown fourfold, the amount of pain reported by Americans has not changed much. – source
With so much going on in the world from climate change to cost of living, as a society we do not focus on what is eating at the core of our stability and health care costs.
It is often assumed those addicted to heroin come from bad families, never had goals, never had much hope for a future.
The reality is, most people addicted to painkillers, eventually turn to heroin because it is cheaper. Most people addicted to painkillers are prescribed a prescription from their doctors. The way our medical industry treats pain is the catalyst for addiction creating a cavity at the core of our global society. This future crippling issue needs to be addressed by everyone on a global scale, and new solutions to pain treatment need to actively implemented by our communities worldwide.
Holistic practitioners were once the standard for treating ailments. When the banking system took over universities turning our medical industry into a major for profit design, it was marketed to the public holistic solutions and practitioners are “Quacks”. After over 100 years of our banking system running the medical industry cancer and addiction has risen to become a global epidemic. Our society is finally turning back to what was practiced for generations before technology and the financial institutions got involved. Bankers have no business in health.
The drug, fentanyl, has been around since the 1960s. Its potency works miracles, soothing extreme pain in cancer patients who are usually prescribed patches or lozenges. But it can also kill. A medical examination concluded that Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, ending weeks of speculation on how the singer died.
- As far as profits go, the other opioids commonly sold on the streets — heroin, hydrocodone, OxyContin and Norco — can’t even touch fentanyl.
- Hydrocodone sells for about $30 a pill on the street. A fentanyl pill may look and cost the same but requires only a fraction of the narcotic to give users an even stronger reaction.
- The DEA estimates that drug traffickers can buy a kilogram of fentanyl powder for $3,300 and sell it on the streets for more than 300 times that, generating nearly a million dollars.
- Many heroin users first became addicted to prescription pills.
- Heroin is a cheaper alternative, about one-tenth the price, when they can no longer get pills.
- There’s a ripple effect around heroin use: In addition to the risk of death and overdoses, heroin addiction comes with a whole new set of problems, such as infections of the heart lining and valves, and rheumatological diseases.– source1source2
Some Brand Names and Forms for Fentanyl Include:
- Actiq—This form of fentanyl comes as a lozenge on a plastic stick administered under the tongue like a lollipop. It is used for patients already on pain-relieving medications and has some military applications.
- Duragesic—The fentanyl patch was introduced in the 1990s. It is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and its effects can last for up to 3 days.
- Sublimaze—Generally administered in hospitals, sometimes alongside anesthetics, Sublimaze is the injectible form of fentanyl. It is used to manage pain before and after surgeries.
- Subsys—Subsys is a sublingual spray administered under a patient’s tongue to deliver immediate pain relief. Its purpose is to treat breakthrough cancer pain.
- Abstral—Also used for opioid-tolerant patients with breakthrough cancer pain, Abstral is the quick-dissolve tablet version of fentanyl and is placed under the tongue for immediate relief.
- Lazanda—Lazanda is a fentanyl nasal spray administered in the same manner as a common nasal decongestant spray. It is predominantly used to treat pain in cancer patients. – source
STATISTICS OF OPIOID ABUSE:
- Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the licit
prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
- Opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors on nerve cells in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects and relieve pain.
- Addiction is a primary, chronic and relapsing brain disease characterized by an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors.
- Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 591,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
- It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop opioid addiction.
- Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.
- Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths
related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
- From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel.
- The overdose death rate in 2008 was nearly four times the 1999 rate.