Opioid Research Paper

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Opioid Epidemic in Michigan
A. Introduction
a. Opioids include legal prescription drug like morphine, oxycodone and also includes illegal street drugs like heroin. Opioid are generally safe when taken for a short amount of time and is prescribed by a doctor, it becomes a problem when they are misused. They can be misused when they are taken a different way or in a larger quantity than prescribed. Opioid pain relievers can lead to overdose incidents and deaths. Opioid addiction is becoming a widespread problem not only in Michigan especially in the Detroit area, but all over the United States. The different papers that could be address are how the misuse of opioids can affect professional careers such as police officers or doctors, how it is affecting families, why there has been an increase in the misuse of
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The research that is done on the misuse of opioids can educate Michigan residents on their prescription uses. People may believe that it won’t happen to them, but it can happen to anyone. It will raise awareness on the opioids being misused and how to not be depended on prescriptions.
C. Background and Rationale for the Research, Inquiry, Project.
a. The National Institute of Drug Abuse states what legal and illegal drugs make up opioids. It also states that legally prescribed opioids are generally safe when taken for a short amount of time and are prescribed by a doctor. It described that opioids can be misused by being taken in a different way, in larger quantities or without a doctor’s prescription. Also talks about the drug that can reverse an opioid overdose if given right away, which is naloxone (Abuse).
b. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that since 1999 the number of overdose deaths involving opioids has quadrupled. The number of opioid involved deaths continues to increase in the United States. That 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. The driving factor in the overdoses is from prescription opioids
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