The Between 1990 And 2016 Essay

1094 Words Oct 20th, 2016 5 Pages
47,055. Consider that number as a body of people. That is approximately the number of people that it would take to fill the Rangers Ball Park Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This number, however, speaks for the number of deaths that occurred during a one-year period from opioid and heroin related overdoses, as estimated by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2014 (Hartwig). 47,055 people; 129 deaths a day. This is just the beginning of a growing number unless the nation as whole can work together, and find a solution to create a different outcome. America is experiencing an “opioid epidemic” unlike it has seen before; even compared to the early 90’s. The difference between 1990 and 2016 is disclosure. Heroin use was once plastered everywhere for the world to see. Now, it’s hardly spoken of. Unfortunately, it is so common for people to be on some form of a prescription drug that seeing the consequences which derive from a constant flow of opioids go unnoticed. Opioid use has dismally been seen as not “that big of a deal.” However, there are some states have picked up and started driving the Narcan band-wagon. Narcan, also known as naloxone, “is a prescription medicine used for the treatment of an opioid emergency such as an overdose, or a possible opioid overdose with signs of breathing problems and severe sleepiness, or not being able to respond (” The nationwide regulation and funding of Narcan could save countless lives. Opioid overdose is something…

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