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The Problem Of Opioids

Opioids are a big problem in America and every year the amount of people increase in taking these addictive pills.

Are Americans popping too many pain pills? - The Aspen Institute
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Are Americans popping too many pain pills? - The Aspen Institute

Andrew Yarrow wrote in this article that there has been an increase in people that have been in pain/ depressed and people are less active. Which makes sense why people are taking so many opioids. Oxycodone is a painkiller that has been abused frequently. More Americans are addicted to drugs than other countries. Yarrow pointed out that low income people are more addicted to opioid than more people wealthy. Yarrow said that prescriptions of opioids have tripled since the 1990's. More women are taking anti- depression than men. Women are also more likely to attempt suicide than guys. Low income + poor health + pain + depression = many people taking opioids which lead to addictions.

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America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse
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America’s Addiction to Opioids: Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse

Nora D. Volkow gave a visual representation showing that the dispensing of opioids in pharmacies has increased in recent years. Volkow is talking about how bad opioid addiction is. Opioid addiction increases the number of overdoses and more people think it's ok to take pain pills. Prescription medicine can be very helpful to people that are in pain. But too many doctors are writing prescriptions for these people and the pills are too easy to get.

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Prescription pills, addiction ‘hell’: Rachelle Allen’s story of opioid abuse offers look i
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Prescription pills, addiction ‘hell’: Rachelle Allen’s story of opioid abuse offers look i

Alan Barley shared Rachelle Allen's story with struggling with opiods. Allen has 3 kids she didn't want anymore kids so she "underwent a tubal ligation". So she could't get pregnant. Later years she met her husband. Her husband wanted kids. Allen agreed and had a surgery so she could have kids again. It was 2005 where she was in pain from the surgery. This was the first time Allen used opioids. 6 months after the surgery her pain was gone. She kept taking opioids because she said it was the only way she could function. Her doctor didn't tell her that opioids were highly addicted. Allen researched what was going on with her and Allen said "I knew I was in trouble". On Allen's wedding day Allen was 8 weeks pregnant and she said she was "pretty high". Allen started to demand to her doctor to give her more and more opioids, but the doctor "never asked what's going on?" Allen went to other doctors and said she was in pain ( when she wasn't) doctors gave her more opioids. Her whole family moved out of the house. She confessed in 2016 that she was addicted to opioids. She got some help and her marriage was back on. She was getting help and was reconnected with her kids.

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Trump Wants to Bring Back “Just Say No” to Fix the Opioid Epidemic. That Doesn’t Work.
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Trump Wants to Bring Back “Just Say No” to Fix the Opioid Epidemic. That Doesn’t Work.

It says in Slate by Lila Thuin that Trump didn't have a lot of ideas to solve the problems on opioids. "Just say no" Nancy Reagan made the "Just say no" program to tell all people, but especially kids, to encourage them to get away from drugs and that they are bad for you. It states in the passage Slate that Trump wants to just give federal money for opioids. The author seems to think that he just wants to throw money at the problem.

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Trump pledges action to combat opioid abuse
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Trump pledges action to combat opioid abuse

Dan Merica states that "Trump pledged to make fighting the opioids crises a top priority during the 2016 campaign". Donald Trump said nobody is safe with the opioid addiction. He said the overall drug usage has gone down, while opioids use is increasing. Trump said if you don't have any opioids its easy to stay off being addicted, but if you try even just one opioid its extremely hard to stop the addiction. Trump wants to bring back the program called "Just say no". Trump thinks this program will help people stay away from drugs by having speakers come to school to tell kids the importance of staying away from drugs and to "Just say no" if anybody asks you to have opioids.

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Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis
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Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis

Josh Katz shares simple answers about Opiods and there harm. Katz mentioned drug overdose kills more people than dying in a car crash or getting killed by a gun. An opioid is a drug that comes from a pople plant. Sometimes people mix chemicals to seem like the drug is from a poppy plant but it's not. That is called an opiates. People want to take opioids because they are a painkiller and makes your body seem relaxed. Mostly white people take opioids. This addiction has been happening since 1980's but this drug has gotten more populate throughout the years. It got really bad in 2014. People are using fentanyl to produce opioids. Fentanyl is made to be like heroin and is very harmful.

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