Opioid Overdoses On The Rise

Suicide Dual DiagnosisOpioid overdoses are on the rise again. In fact 25% of overdoses seen in emergency rooms and hospitals all across the nation are due to heroin. Heroin has become far more potent in the last five years than it ever was during the heroin pandemic of the 1970s. There are legal and illicit variations of opioids and opiates. Legal opioids include tramadol hydrocodone and oxycodone. There are numerous trade for different legal prescription painkillers which tend to the vast majority, to be opioids. In fact, new evidence is coming to light that non-addictive painkillers like acetaminophen and aspirin are not effective in controlling pain due to chronic back problems muscle injuries and bone disease as well as joint disease account for a vast majority of chronic pain cases. Thus, we see all lot of opioid prescription drugs being prescribed. However, since 2014 hydrocodone has moved to schedule two, which makes prescribing it more difficult for physicians.

This has led to a dreadful, unintended outcome, in which people who have been reliant on opioid prescription medication no longer can get it and have turned to Street Harrell one to control their pain. Unfortunately, street heroin, whether in pill form or injection, has of late, been adulterated on purpose, in order to create more thoroughly addicted addicts heroin and Street opioids are not always what people think they’re getting fentanyl is being used to enhance the potency of opioids bought illicitly. People who have taken hydrocodone tablets for months or years, then find themselves cut off from legal sources turn to opioids sold on the street. Although what’s on the street might carry the name oxycodone or hydrocodone, fentanyl and even more potent narcotics may fill those pills. One of those staggeringly powerful adulterants is carfentanil, and opioid given to large animals (elephants) to sedate them for surgery.

Thus, people from every walk of life end up overdosing. Opioid overdose can be reversed by administering the drug naloxone.  Naloxone has increased dramatically in price, reducing its availability for the families of opioid addicts. Naloxone can easily save the life a person dying from overdose, but it has, in once instance, increased in price by 500%. There are a few other distributors who have not raised the price of naloxone, although it takes some hunting to find those. Nonetheless, having naloxone, either in an injectable format or nasal mist, can save a life.