Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 - Addiction Awareness

Name: Nicolette Pochop
From: Melrose Park, Illinois
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Addiction Awareness

I believe that the most prominent issue our society is currently facing is the opioid crisis. Opioids are becoming a drug that is easily misused by its prescribers and are becoming more and more accessible in our society. It is said that roughly 21 to 29 percent of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain misuse them. This started in the late 1990s when pharmaceutical companies began prescribing opioid pain relievers at greater rates before it became clear that this medication could indeed be highly addictive. The same can be seen in today’s society. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, 128 people in the United States die overdosing on opioids every day. And it is not just opioids. That same year, roughly 1.7 million Americans suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers. Additionally, this crisis is not just affecting public health; it is also affecting our nation’s social and economic welfare. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project that the annual “economic burden” of prescription opioid abuse in the United States is $78.5 billion. This is including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment, and criminal justice involvement. In my opinion, I think that our society is naive about the addiction crisis happening in our nation. People don’t realize the effect that addiction has or what it can do to someone until they witness it first-hand. Fortunately, many people and organizations are seeking change in our society – specifically with addiction. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), for example, has been focusing its efforts on how to combat the spread of the opioid crisis. They are improving access to treatment and recovery centers, promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs, increasing the nation’s understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance, providing better funding for research on pain and addiction, and strengthening the practices for pain management. This is just the beginning. I believe that we need to start educating ourselves better on what we as individuals can do to help stop the addiction crisis in our nation. With the advancements in our technology and science, we need improved development and implementation of treatments that are easily accessible to everyone in our nation. We need to help aid those that are willing to be educated on this topic. With these concepts in mind, our nation needs to come together to support one another in order to stop the opioid epidemic


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