Addiction Effects

A sign shows that a pharmacy distributes naloxone The opioid epidemic continues to spread and rage across the country, just as it does across the rest of the planet, as well. However, the good news is that an increase in awareness has led to more conversations on the national stage about things that we can do to help improve the situation, and get rates of addiction down to help save lives. There are a variety of different theories on how this might work. On one hand, stopping people from getting addicted to opioids in the first place, and limiting the sales of addictive painkillers, will have a major impact. However, it is also important to prevent overdose deaths in any way possible, so that we can save more lives. To do this, one method is to increase the amount of naloxone kits on the street, so that lifesaving healthcare is more accessible to people who need it...

More than 39,000 Americans per year take their own lives. People who struggle with addiction are a whopping 6 times more likely to commit suicide. 1 in 3 people who commit suicide also have drugs in their system, usually opiates or alcohol. It’s obvious that there’s a strong connection between suicide and substance abuse, particularly addiction.

One of the lies addicts tell themselves is that their drug use only affects them.  Unfortunately, that is not true.  It intimately affects everyone in an addict’s life.  Over the next few weeks, we will be discussing the effects that addiction has on friends, family, coworkers, etc.  Read on to learn how addiction affects the family.