What a tumultuous year 2017 ended up becoming. The year brought about a change in the presidency- that has been for the better and worse, to say the least. It brought about the deaths of many pop culture figures as well as manifested the near brink of Nuclear War. However, uncorrelated to these events but just as alarming, the United States has also seen a large spike in the opioid epidemic that is corrosively deteriorating the masses of this once boastful country.
A now largely known opioid crisis has rooted itself in the very center of this great nation, yet it hasn’t always been as well known. The opioid epidemic has been silently fueling itself for decades behind the closed doors of just “addicts and alcoholics”. For years the pharmaceutical companies have fed this monster that has now reached its way onto everybody’s doorstep as it begs for more. More money, more pills. More this and more that. More more more. Sometimes addiction takes larger forms in the big picture of things. This opioid crisis is like Voltron and every addict happens to be a little piece to the constantly evolving transformer at hand.
Alcoholic thinking is an imminent threat that grows each day. Once something that was not taken as seriously, now something killing people left and right while we all try to figure out how we overlooked it. Addiction numbers have gotten so bad that they have bypassed the dreadful statistics of cancer. With specific chemicals flooding the streets and accessibility to narcotics evergrowing, it’s truly terrifying to think of what 2018 will leave in its wake.
Poppy Seed Genocide
One of the larger threats to be delivered to the United States in 2017 was the introduction of Carfentanil. That seemingly harmless word is responsible for the premature deaths of thousands across the country and globe at that. This is the narcotic that is essentially guilty of the terrifying increase in overdose rates throughout 2017 specifically. It is the most potent opioid used commercially for large animals typically. Never ever was it meant for human consumption- but then here we are. The smallest dose of this narcotic can bring a 2,000-pound elephant down. It is reported to be one hundred times stronger than Fentanyl- the other ugly step-sister that only wants the worst for us.
Carfentanil makes regular Fentanyl look like child’s play, but both will create your pine box story. Statistics show that between the terrible two, the rate of fatal overdoses has increased an average of 88% each year since 2013. That’s alarming sure, but it’s even more vivid when you’ve known people that have contributed to those known statistics. There go what could be I.
The Spread Wings of An Epidemic
There are so many promising people that are really looking for help but are brought down by the greedy intentions of others who flood the streets with the opioids. Too many lose their moral compass when the dollar bills replace the pupils of their eyes. The disease of addiction and alcoholism want us dead and is getting its way. The disease of alcoholic thinking is now at the forefront of this country’s mind because of the casualties being left behind.
Almost every state is suffering slightly, but a few to mention at the top of that list include:
- West Virginia
- New Hampshire
- District of Columbia
The numbers don’t lie as well as they are likely to increase in 2018 unless more preventative care is put forth. Kellyanne Conway has been recently appointed in charge of the Trump declared “public health emergency”. Let’s cross our fingers that something big is going to come of this new year.
Funding a Solution
Unfortunately, there isn’t really a thorough solution to the problem at hand. The 50+ solutions that have been proposed by the Trump administration lack funding. Treatment is not always accessible to masses of those that need or want help but lack the insurance required. To top that off, a bill is soon to be passed that will make it even more difficult to obtain treatment or detoxification. It’s almost like help will be granted, but down the road after more occurs that could’ve been prevented. Optimism through cynical lenses.
Some of the major pharmaceutical companies have even been brought to court by states like Ohio, but with still fruitless results. It seems like our country is doing it’s best to find a solution but also hindering itself in the same breath. The country needs to band together to put lobbyists down while creating more addiction treatment services.
Finding a Solution
The best way to deal with the statistics is addiction treatment services, but there seem to be so many obstacles in between sometimes. The best we can do as of now is to just simply educate and promote. On one hand, we have this ever-increasing opioid epidemic, and then on the other, we have a growing awareness of the disease of alcoholism because of the epidemic. It’s kind of like the battle between good and evil. One often sheds light on the other. The war between addiction and recovery will wage on forever.
It’s really just a matter of which beast is being fed. As of the last couple years, the epidemic has found itself superior in ways, but nothing is forever. Maybe 2018 will be the year for the recovery advocates. Alcoholic thinking fueled by a river of opioids won’t be disappearing anytime soon, but with a team effort, we can learn to swim in it. Commission member and former Republican Patrick Kennedy said it best, “We’ve got a human addiction tsunami. We need all hands on deck.”
Make 2018 Your Year
The epidemic is ever increasing but only if we give it power. Drugs and alcohol suck us addicts into a whirlwind of chaos that we typically haven’t the tools to escape. Recovery gives us those tools. It points us in a direction opposite to the plague that these synthetic chemicals have swept upon us. If you or a loved one is struggling with chemical dependency and are ready for help, please call 888-481-1993 or visit www.coastaldetox.com. We are ready to give you any suggestions possible and set you or your loved one on a path that we can all be proud of.