Name: Ashley Renee Eatmon
From: Philadelphia, PA
The Nation and the Opioid Crisis
The Nation and
the Opioid Crisis
The rising and alarming concern for mental health issues is of a great
concern for me. For some, the inability to cope with the storms of
life, put many people at risk for some type of addiction. I refuse to
believe or assert that those individuals being guided by the usage of
controlled substances are enjoying the ambiance of the moment. As a
nation, there must be more attention given to the field of mental
health. The use of drugs and the opioid crisis will continue to
increase, if the issues that is causing this epidemic is not
In times past, I learned through reading and research that the drug of choice was basically marijuana. However, it stands to reason that as life gets harder for some individuals, the drug of choice increases, and the
usage intensifies. Many individuals enter the world of opioid
addiction via prescription pain killers. When these drugs are
prescribed for a legitimate reason, the abuse starts when the
monitoring and distribution of the drug falls from under the watchful
eye of those in charge. This nation is facing an opioid crisis
because it refuses to relegate more funding toward mental
health/substance abuse programs.
According to the C.D.C., they have described the increase usage of opioids in three different wave lengths: The first wave began with increased prescribing of opioids in the 1990s with overdose deaths involving prescription opioids:
the second wave began with an increase in heroin related deaths,
beginning in 2010, and finally the third wave is described as
beginning in 2013, with significant increases in overdose deaths
involving synthetic opioids – particularly those involving
illicitly-manufactured fentanyl (IMF).
The IMF market continues to change, and IMF can be found in
combination with heroin, counterfeit pills, and cocaine (cdc.gov)
of Opioid Addiction for the Individual and Society
As with any drug addiction, there will be an increased number of deaths.
Given the fact that synthetic drugs are made more readily available,
makes the accountability of medical professionals more at risk. There
have been several stories in the news where medical doctors have been
accused of illegally distributing these types of opioids, for
monetary gain. It is hard to determine who is genuinely concerned
about society and who wants to make a fast dollar. Society runs the
risk of seeing more and more people killed as a use of these drugs,
or because of the addiction, they will do anything to get the drug.
The lack of routine addiction screening will forfeit the possibility of
ending the crisis of opioid addiction. More and more people will
overdose, and the death toll will continue to escalate. There is a
section of Philadelphia called Kensington and Allegheny. The opioid
addiction crisis is so monstrous in that area of the city, that major
health risks and outbreaks have been noted through out the city.
Society will suffer because addicts will continue to do the
unthinkable, just to obtain their drug of choice. Therefore, unless
routine mandatory addiction screening is invoked, this crisis will
continue to reach insurmountable heights.
Remedy for Opioid Addiction for the Individual and Society
For the nation, the CDC will focus on the following areas, in order to
eradicate the problem with opioid addiction: Building
improving data quality and tracking trends, supporting healthcare providers and health systems, partnering with public safety and finally,
encouraging consumers to make safe choices (cdc.gov). This means that
everyone must work together. The collection of opioid data is
extremely vital in the effort to rid the city of these drugs. If we
as a nation can gain a baseline perspective of what areas are most at
risk, we can concentrate on that target population and area.
Finally, for the individual, seeking professional help to deal with the
addiction will increase his or her chances for survival. Until an
individual get to the root of their addiction, the addiction will
never go away. Deal earnestly and intently with mental health issues,
and avoid the illegal use of opioids, altogether.