Why The Growing Opioid Addiction Matters

Opioid addiction is becoming increasingly prominent across the country, and sadly, it can no longer be overlooked. Too many people are abusing pain killers, whether on purpose or by accidentally becoming addicted after surgery, and the effects are far too much for us to handle. Recently, it was revealed that legendary musician Prince died from an accidental overdose of opioid fentanyl. This problem is affecting the world on all levels, and Prince isn’t just the first.

While this has been a growing problem for years, the world is just now starting to take notice. It is sad that it has taken us this long, but it is beautiful that people are still able to search for a stop to this issue. Not every person will fall prey to a opioid addiction, but for those who do, it is always good to know how this matter can be put to an end once for all. Or even before it starts. Yes, there are ways to help yourself stay ahead of the curve if you must take pain killers.

While many celebrities and national figures have expressed their desire to change and fix this growing epidemic, none have been more outspoken then Jamie Lee Curtis. An incredible actress, as well as advocate speaking out against this terrible issue. In an essay she penned for Huffington Post, Curtis expressed her deep sadness and need for change across America.

“I too, waited anxiously for a prescription to be filled for the opiate I was secretly addicted to. I too, took too many at once. I too, sought to kill emotional and physical pain with pain killers. Kill it. Make it stop,” Curtis said in her essay. There are far too many people falling prey to this terrible abuse.

In fact, “The problem with Opioids is that about one out of 15 people who are exposed to that medication will develop long term abuse problems. That really is fueling this horrible opioid addiction we have across our country,” Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Scott A. Sigman said in a recent interview.

There are new medications that are allowing people to feel less pain within days of their surgeries, and they don’t risk addiction. However, as with every major medical decision, it’s always best to consult your doctor and ask them what they think might be the best root for you to explore. There is no saying what options might work best for anyone, but your doctor will always have the most informed advice to give you.

Not to mention, if you are worried about it, there is a site called PatientDiscussionGuide.com that can give you a breakdown of what you should ask your doctor before making any decisions. This way you know what are the important things you need to know, as well as, have a smart guide in case you forget anything.

“Too many of our fellow humans, famous, infamous, and not famous at all, have sought the same relief. The symbolism of James Taylor’s “Fire and Rain,” an anthem of addiction, seems more poignant as now it is a purple rain, another loss to drug addiction,” Curtis continued in her essay. She’s right! This is far too important to sweep under the rug any longer, and it affects everyone more than we think.

Whether you have cared before, or this article is bringing this problem to your awareness, it’s important to understand that opioid addiction matters. It’s creating a dangerous culture where hospitals are becoming the breathing ground and birth place of dangerous addictions. At the very least, this should be a conversation that we take to our families, friends, and even that we ask ourselves. An addiction like this can get away from us so quickly, and it is important to understand the risks that we are putting ourselves under. It’s a risk that we shouldn’t be willing to take.

Luckily, there are ways that are being created to help reduce people’s dependency on certain drugs. Alternatives are the best way to help people alleviate their dependence on certain drugs. The question is, how many more people have to fall prey to this before we start considering more beneficial ways to create less pain.

Go to PatientDiscussionGuide.com for more information.

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Vannessa Jackson
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