Over the last several decades we’ve seen some pretty weird fads that people surprisingly hopped onto. We saw disco come and go, the pet rock didn’t stay for long, and don’t forget mullets or the worst, rooster top man buns that are now everywhere. Most of these things made their headway and disappeared with only the stories to tell. Just like my education(crickets chirping in the background). Moving on.
So when looking over life and evaluating all these trends, where does that leave getting high? For some it’s a hobby, and for others it’s experimentation. Then there are those where it becomes their very essence to life. To live and die to get high; the trendsetting of death instead of transcendence from.
With that being said, apparently death by opiates is the new thing trending. Sorry if that seems a little cold blooded, but the reality sets in and it’s difficult to not become jaded to it. Opioid related deaths are increasing on a daily basis as America continues to numb itself into oblivion. The President has even declared the U.S. to be in a “state of emergency”, but still we all are like a boy whistling in the dark to keep our spirits up.
Opioids on the Rise
Picture this: It’s almost like the pharmaceutical companies are cult leaders. Overdosing is comparable to consuming the grape tasting Flavor Aid that everybody drank the fateful day in Jonestown. The pharmaceutical companies are a good representation of Jim Jones and his dishing out of false hope. You see in the mid to late 1990s during the birth of the Oxycontin era, Purdue Pharma and other misleading Big Pharma companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to painkillers, and so healthcare providers became more prone to prescribing them. This ensued deflection from their original purpose and the abusing of such way before it became clear that these medications had immense potential for addiction.
Opiates, and the other many synthetic opioid products that flood our streets, are wiping out numbers of unsuspecting people who are just trying to find their way in this world. It’s one thing to be a person of alcoholic thinking and allowing your disease to run rampant, but it’s completely different when you have somebody innocently taking their last shallow breaths from respiratory failure because they didn’t know enough about the repercussions of what they we’re taking(legally or illicitly).
Pharmaceuticals of the opioid variety,(sometimes benzodiazepines), are tossed around like candy from doctor’s offices. We live in a money hungry world where this is something that will not be ceasing anytime soon. The DEA, FDA, and multiple members of Congress, have all gotten involved in a different capacity to slow down America’s opioid related deaths on the rise from the pharmaceutical reign that has dictated itself into power.
Overdose on the Rise
Now instead of a cult leader, imagine the pharmaceutical companies having their own talk show. “Now look under your seat. You get to have an overdose, and you get an overdose. Even you get an overdose. Everyone gets to overdose”! Then a crowd cheers faintly in the background because half the audience is diseased or nodding off on themselves. Is this the direction we want to continue heading in?
In 2018, America’s chemically laden problem have increased to the point where approximately 115+ people die a day from opioid related deaths. Even if we keep clean ourselves, the opioid related deaths on the rise are occurring somewhere in your inner circle, that much is for certain. It may be your neighbors young son or your boss’ daughter, but there’s really no escaping it anymore. It’s a plague in itself.
In response to such a plague, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is focusing its efforts to prioritize things like:
- Promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs
- Improving access to treatment and recovery services
- Advancing better practices for pain management
- Strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance
- Providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction
New laws have also been made by the DEA, and pharmacies nationwide are even changing their policies to help combat the issue. It’s safe to say that efforts are being made, but are they being made quick enough?
Death on the Rise
The reality of it is that alcoholic thinking is spreading. It’s not an airborne disease, but it’s become more prevalent than ever. When there is a supply, there will always be a demand. Even with crackdowns from the government, stopping the plague will be impossible. It can only be slowed down at this point. There are still far too many that will have to either endure the calamity themselves, or they will have to witness love ones go through it. That’s addiction though. That’s where the disease is taking this country.
As much as the pharmaceutical companies are to blame, there needs to be a higher standard for prevention. There’s too much risk for relaxation that chemically dependents are willing to chance just for that empty euphoric feeling they crave. Yet most are unaware and have to be lead to that cognizant.
However, in that same breath, with the odds of alcoholism against them many are reevaluating their concept of alcoholic thinking. Fellowship numbers around the country are growing steadily. Far too many are realizing it may be fun for a little while, but with death becoming inevitable, the payoff isn’t worth it like it used to be. Using opioids today is like playing Russian Roulette with 5 bullets in the chamber. Careful playing with firepower.