Combat Opioid Overdose

I. Public Health Professionals to Help Combat Opioid Overdose 

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, the significant rise in opioid painkiller addiction has caused the worst epidemic in the history of the US. The rate of opioids overdose has caused huge number of deaths between 1999 and 2011. In 2011 alone, over 16917 Americans died due to serious overdoses of opioids. In addition, the use of opioids is strongly connected to overuse of heroin as well as other adverse results in public health. In 2014, it became mandatory to prevent opioid overdose by CDC.

Even though the crisis of opioid painkiller is often considered as an issue of non-medical abuse, it is announced as the catastrophe of addiction according to the Annual Review of Public Health. The addiction in nonmedical and medical users is the most adverse results.

So, it is vital to look for health professional resources for opiod users by considering the magnitude of opioid epidemic. The public health professionals should address the effects and complex causes.

II. The Leading Causes

Increase in prescriptions is the main cause of opioid addiction. In 2012, healthcare providers prescribed over 259 million painkillers and bottle of pills for every adult.  Health problems causing pain may not vary from one place to another.

Some debates call for more restrictions on prescriptions and there is no strong data which supports the opioids usage for chronic pain over the acute and short-term pain. Painkillers may be vital to treat pain. According to the estimates, over 100 million Americans suffer chronic pain and it would be devastating to withhold the painkillers from patients with legit symptoms.

III. Dealing with Opioid Addiction

Education, awareness and resources are vital to deal with opioid crisis. This way, public health professionals are helpful to fight against opioid addiction symptoms. 

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