Drug Abuse And Substance Abuse Essay

1372 Words Apr 28th, 2016 6 Pages
In the recent years there has been an increase in the use of Opioids. I would not have realized how big the drug epidemic was if I had not taken the Addiction and Substance Abuse weekend intensive here at the School of Social Work. Throughout the three-day weekend we learned about many different addictions, but one day focused on drug courts and substance abuse and I knew I wanted to learn more. I choose to focus on prescription drugs, mainly opioids, because of how readily available these drug are. Opioids are described as medications that relieve pain. Opioids reduce the intensity of pain signals sent to the brain and diminish the effects of a painful stimulus. Overuse of opioids leads to a tolerance of the medication, physical dependency, an increased sensitivity to pain, nausea, vomiting, depression, confusion, and many other symptoms. The statistics alone shows how much opioid use has increased from the 90’s to now. Every day over a thousand people are treated for misusing prescription opioids. The most common prescription drugs that leads to opioid overdose/death were Methadone, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone. Opioids were involved in 28,647 deaths in 2014. One last statistic that stood out the most to me was providers wrote about a quarter billion opioid prescriptions in 2013, which is said to be enough for every adult American to have their own bottle of pills. There is an opioid epidemic in the United States; the overuse of these medications is leading to larger…

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