From 1999 to 2016, nearly 9,000 children and teenagers died from opioids.
This finding comes from a report released by Yale University that suggests that the opioid epidemic that America is facing may continue to grow. One way to stop the expansion is to get more legislators, public health officials, doctors and parents to help raise awareness about these drugs. There needs to be more measures taken to keep these drugs out of our of children’s hands.
More than 80 percent of the nearly 9,000 children and teens who died were not intentional but 5 percent were from suicide and 2 percent by homicide. The drug culprit was heroin which caused 24 percent of the deaths for teens aged 15-19 years old. For 36 percent of the children’s deaths, methadone was associated to them. Another common problem causing children and teens to overdose is that they are being prescribed methadone for pain.
Most commonly, children and teens find drugs around their house. Sometimes, parents are prescribed a pain medication for a dentist visit or for some type of surgery. They put them in the medicine cabinet and forget about them. This is a big mistake because children and teens are victorious for rummaging and in today’s dog eat dog world of online competition, pain pills have a majority of the spotlight. Children and teens are looking for and taking pain pills just like they were candy. It’s important to lock these drugs up and raise awareness about the dangers that can come from taking them.
Almost 36 percent of all opioid overdose deaths within the United States are due to a prescription prescribed by a doctor. These deaths have increased five times since 1999. In 2017, there were 17,000 overdose deaths from prescription opioids.
The opioid epidemic is caused tens of thousands of overdose deaths in 2018, and already in early 2019 the numbers are not looking good. Individuals struggling from substance abuse should seek help by searching a drug rehab directory to find a list of drug rehabs that offer treatment in their area.
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