It is real.
The opioid crisis is real. We can longer deny the fact that it has taken productive people off their path to a wrong path that most times ended in death. The opioid addicts are lost in their world; they feel caged in a cave they cannot escape. Teachers struggle to help students quit; employers detest losing loyal employees to the crisis; families live in fear of losing loved ones. We all need to step in and say no to opioids. We need to save our generations from the path that leads to death.
America loses over 90 people daily to opioid overdose. The people are addicted to opiates such as heroin, pain relievers, and other synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Not only the public health affected, but also the economic and social welfare of the society.
The economic burden of the crisis amounts to $78.5 billion annually as estimated by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in America. The cost is estimated in terms of criminal justice fees, addiction treatment, lost productivity, and costs of healthcare.
Response by the U.S Department of Health and Health Services (HHS)
The National Institute of Health (NIH), which is part of HHS, is the leading medical research team that works on reducing the epidemic. It mainly explores how to collaborate with pharmaceutical bodies and research agencies to address the crisis. HHS has taken five major strategies to deal with the opioid crisis in America.
- The first step is the improvement of treatment and recovery services to those affected. The department understands that these people need to get back to productive work if the nation has to reduce the loses. Consequently, urgent measures are put to help the victims recover.
- Secondly, HHS is promoting the use of drugs that reverse opioid overdose. These drugs include Naloxone. Case in point, Hamilton County has planned to distribute over 30, 000 doses of the overdose-reversing drugs to stop the rash of opioid-related deaths in the area.
- Moreover, HHS focuses on strengthening people’s understanding of the epidemic via better surveillance of the public health.
- Fourthly, the department counters the crisis by offering support for research on pain and addiction. More research is bound to provide knowledge that will help reduce the level of deaths that are reported daily.
- Lastly, the department responds to the opioids crisis by developing better practices that help people manage pain.
To reduce the high level of deaths caused by opioid overdose in America, all medics, researchers, and people of good have come together to end the crisis.