As elaborated by Katelyn Newman, in her article ¨A Personal Look at a National Problem¨, the opioid epidemic in America is both severing family relationships and resulting in widespread suffering. In the aftermath of the historic increase of prescription drug abuse in the United States, as well as the opioid epidemic being deemed a national emergency by President Donald Trump, Newman brings to light the true impacts the crisis is having on the United States. By generalizing the population, expressing her words in a solemn tone, and through alternating between narrating and informing, Katelyn Newman calls all americans to be conscience of the opioid epidemic, and the effects it is having on the relationships between people within the United States.
The article starts off with a story of a young girl with a promising future that was escalated downward into a fatal result due to heroin. Her name was Courtney and her parents revealed her dark secret at her funeral “their bright, beautiful daughter… had overdosed at her boyfriend’s grandmother’s house.” The family of Courtney have taken many steps to raise awareness on heroin and reduce the amount of deaths and enhance the amount of treatment to help the abusers. People like her father have devoted their time to help as much as they can “I work with 100 people every day — parents, people in recovery, addicts — who are doing everything we can to save these
At the Miami Rescue Mission Clinic (MRMC), patients came from the Miami Rescue Mission shelter and its surroundings. A very diverse community is seen at this clinic, especially, homeless patients that everyday face similar situations among them and that are prone to illicit drug use on the street or medication overuse when addiction is a medical condition. But, what are alternative treatments that can be used at the MRMC when knowing that opioids are not a good option for this population neither the clinic has a specialty in this area that can specifically deal with such condition by following already approved guidelines. In this primary care clinic, pain relief, monitor for appropriate use of chosen medications, and recommendations for effective alternatives of treatment will be primary concerns for
Education about overdose or providing referrals to medical and social services such as health screenings are offered. Also, incorporating harm reduction strategies into public health interventions for people who inject drugs may be helpful in resolving other health care (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016). One argument against Needle Exchange programs is that by providing needles and syringes to addicts, the government is essentially condoning illicit and immoral behavior (“Debate: Needle exchanges”). Drug users are continuously given free access of clean utensil to shoot up. Instead of providing them access, the government should focus on punishing drug users, discourage drug-use, and provide more treatment for quitting
The “How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?” is shock people into worrying about the addiction epidemic America is facing. The “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)” is to let people understand more about addictions and how addictions could be considered as a disease. Even though both resources are about addictions, “How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?” plays on the human emotion of fear, anger, and disgust; and “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)” plays on the human emotion of sadness and anticipation. For the most part, “How Bad is the Opioid Epidemic?” by Dan Nolan and Chris Amico and “Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)” by Nora D. Volkow, M.D follows the McCloud’s chapter 7
In this documentary, Joe Rannazzisi, a former DEA deputy assistant administrator blames the drug industry for allowing the opioid crisis to expand and take lives. According to Rannazzisi, the drug industry is aware of their drugs killing people, yet they still sell their drugs to doctors and pharmacies that prescribe drugs to patients who have no need for that drug, causing them to become prone to overdosing. For those who have not seen the documentary, "The Whistleblower", Rannazzisi and other DEA members shine light on the drug industry's link to the opioid crisis, the drug industry's power and Congress's aid to the drug industry. Opioid overdose is a problem in the United States. According to Stat News, there are 100 deaths a day from opioid overdose and drug overdose kills more Americans under the age of 50 than anything else.
Essentially, these social and economic challenges seem to rile the effects of this addiction. The failed economy, high poverty rates, poor living and working conditions can lead to depression and feelings of pain. “... economic hardship, social isolation, and hopelessness [are] reasons for drug use” (Dasgupta 184). With social problems rising the demand for opioids has spiked. This drug crisis is a societal reaction and obvious manifestation of an economic recession.
(2007) detail their findings regarding the implementation on Skills and Knowledge on Opiate Prevention (SKOOP), a program developed to train individuals to prevent overdoses and provide them with prescriptions for Naloxone. Much like in the research of Bennet, Bell, Tomedi, Hulsey, and Kral (2011), cited above, participant’s for SKOOP were recruited through a needle exchange program. SKOOP differed from Bennet, Bell, Tomedi, Hulsey, and Kral’s (2011) OPP, in that afte participants completed the training, they met with an on-site physician to receive their Naloxone kit and receive referrals for primary care physicians or drug treatment if they were interested. There were several important challenges identified with the implementaton of SKOOP:
From this we can conclude that the statistic of drug usage is way too high and may be the cause of more harmful effects such as overdoses. While alcohol is still a drug and still has the potential of being very dangerous heroin and other street drugs do not seem to be a adequate and safe substitute and is proven to be even more dangerous. When we look at Opioid and other drug use in America compared to other countries we notice that america is one of the leading countries in drug use around the
The use of narcotics in America is on a steady rise, Opioids such as Heroin being the deadliest. It’s categorized as a “Schedule 1,” meaning a high potential for abuse, along with severe psychological and physical dependence. Before the Twentieth Century, Heroin was actually widely available and marketed by Bayer, and Aspirin Company. This deadly substance can be injected, snorted, or smoked.
Opioids Today Undoubtedly, the addictive nature of opioids has generated immense controversy in both the medical community and population of the United States. During the last decade, the increase of people addicted to opioids has grown steadily, among them; you can find ordinary people but celebrities, athletes and soldiers thus charging many lives in their path. Despite this, it was not until after several months of political pressure that the current president of the United States, Donald Trump, declared in the middle of 2017 those opioids are responsible of a health crisis in America. The history of the nation shows that with the passage of time, similar crises have appeared that are now experienced, but that despite this, they have not
“SAMHSA is working with states on preventive measures, increasing access to treatment, and identifying geographic areas and high-risk populations to target for assistance,” (Reed, 3). This shows that actions are being taken against the drug/opioid abuse. Opioids have been abused for centuries and it is time to put a stop to
Nationally, for the first time in 2015, deaths from heroin overdoses alone surpassed deaths in the United States of America by firearm homicides (New Jersey). In 2015 New Jersey lost nearly “1,600” people to drug overdoses. On January 10, 2017, Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey gave a heartfelt speech to a group of intellectuals and the to people of New Jersey about the mistreatment of the disease known as addiction and what we can and will do to treat it. Christie uses a clear antithesis to show his message that addiction is a cruel and brutal disease that will stop at nothing to infect everybody (Arco). To make sure his words are burnt into the viewers mind he uses: frequent tone change and practices comforting, but controlling
The use of heroin is drastically growing; many people are dying of overdose or getting killed over the drug. For example, my aunt works in a hospital, she read the report of a 23-year-old her patient that had ate 46 bags of heroin and now was in intensive care. My speech today on heroin will be divided in two parts, the first part of my speech I will be talking about, current problems we will face if we use heroin, the second
Community Strategies to Address the Opioid Epidemic: A Literature Review Francis Melaragni Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences University Abstract Introduction The impact of opioid drug abuse which includes both misuse of prescribed medication and illegal consumption of heroin and other opioids has become and been declared a public health emergency in Massachusetts and many other states. This problem has also been recognized as an urgent issue at the national level, and has received focus and attention from The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The purpose of this literature review is to assess what tactics and