It all adds up to a growing need for drug detox in Florida
“On average, 115 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report. “From 2000 to 2016, more than 600,000 people died from drug overdoses.
That’s the perspective you get looking back. Now, compare those numbers to figures estimating future usage as reported by the Daily Beast earlier this year: “In the next two years, the opioid epidemic is estimated to cost the United States a trillion dollars and kill almost 100,000 Americans.”
Any way you look at it, the problem is a serious one and it’s not going away any time soon. “Drug overdose deaths and opioid-involved deaths continue to increase in the United States,” the CDC says. “The majority of drug overdose deaths (66%) involve an opioid.”
Looking at figures on a national scale isn’t necessarily helpful, though. “President Donald Trump declared it a public health crisis this year but has not asked Congress for additional money to fight the scourge,” the Daily Beast said. “That leaves states, counties, and cities to bear much of the cost—and they want Big Pharma to pay.”
That’s why earlier this year New York City joined a growing list of cities, states and counties that have filed lawsuits against the companies that make and market opioid prescription pain pills. As the New York Times reported at the time, “Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced that New York City had filed a lawsuit against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid prescription drugs, joining a national campaign to hold the companies responsible for hundreds of millions of dollars in costs related to the deadly opioid epidemic.”
The CDC doesn’t shy away from pointing fingers. Under the heading “When the Prescription Becomes the Problem,” the agency says: “Providers wrote nearly a quarter of a billion opioid prescriptions in 2013—with wide variation across states. This is enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.”
According to the CDC, methadone, oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®) are the drugs responsible for the majority of prescription opioid overdose deaths.
The CDC went on to say that the problem is even bigger than the statistics on overdose deaths indicate. The agency reports that:
- In 2014, almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids.
- As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for noncancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.
- Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
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