Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 - Addiction Awareness

Name: Kira Flo...
From: Aurora, Colorado
School: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
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Addiction Awareness


I think our nation in particular is overcome
with the crisis of addiction because of the ignorant enabling that we
all take part in. As a student of Anesthesia, I recognize my large
role in addiction. For instance, opioid addiction is the leading
cause of accidental deaths in the United States. We only make up 5%
of the world’s population but consume 80% of the world’s opioids
and nearly all of the world’s hydrocodone. This statistic is
representative of the mindless prescribing that many healthcare
professionals provide to people in pain. Everyone tries to help the
addicted individual but often does more harm. I have a clear
understanding that patients coming in for a routine surgery can
suffer if I provide opioids in a more long-term sense with addiction.
Opioids have poor interactions with other medications used during
surgery; there is just a very limited argument for ever needing to
use them. This is why the “multimodel” was developed. By
regularly implementing this model to use a combination of medications
in order to avoid the use opioids it can assist in the negative
effects associated with opioids. I won’t have blind ignorance when
it comes to my effects on a vulnerable patient. With this awareness I
can stop the progression of this crisis every day.

Addiction
is viewed as one weak person, but the real issue is one of societal
weakness. We do not take the time to stop and help an addicted person
in a way that truly benefits them.

When
discussing mental health stigma and shame are often associated with a
person suffering from addiction.

This
year, my father-in-law passed away as a result of addiction. He was
gone too soon and although his death was expected, so many people
were pained by this event. Addiction and its consequences aren’t
recognized until everyone suffers. Each family member had to feel its
effects before they understood that the shame was what held back
healing. Brushing the issue under the rug is what traps an individual
to their disease. The lack of open communication makes it impossible
to get out of it by leaning on others. If it was a community effort
then everyone would acknowledge the role they played in this
individuals’ addiction rather than ignore their needs. Maybe then
he would still be alive. Sadly, the individual’s consequence is
often death and society just experiences more shame and lack of
advocacy.

If
the addiction is combatted by mindful healthcare personal, and if
mental health and addiction is screened and understood, then the
prevalence of individuals battling addiction would drastically
regress. Even a primary care physician can start the societal
participation early. It takes a village of support to help someone
get healthy before their life is ended, so people should band
together. The isolation allows shame which allows the victim the
opportunity for accidental death. The only time I’ve ever seen
communication about addiction was around a coffin with a jaundice
body.


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