Drug deaths have outnumbered accident fatalities in the United States. In the year 2009, drug deaths exceeded motor vehicle accidents where approximately 37,485 people lost their lives nationwide. Prescription narcotic overdoes is the culprit here.
Every 14 minutes a life is lost due to drug overdose. This menace has not been brought under control although a lot has been done to prevent death by other causes. In fact death by drug overdose has doubled in the last decade. Whereas traffic accidents has been brought under control as a result of huge investments in auto safety.
Public health experts have used the term ‘epidemic’ to bring into light the nation’s mounting prescription drug problem. From the time when, the Government has started tracking drug-induced deaths from the year 1979 it has come into notice that more death fatalities are caused due to drug overdose then due to traffic accidents.
The drugs which are used by youths are the prescription pain and anxiety drugs. Strong, extremely addictive, these drugs pose a serious risk to health when they are combined with one another or with alcohol. The names of the most common drugs used are: OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax and Soma. A new kind of drug has also now emerged to the already dangerous list. Fentanyl, which comes in the form of patches and lollipops, is 100 times more powerful than morphine.
Victims of drug overdose ranges from teenagers to the middle-aged working men and women. Teenagers get addicted to the drugs and often take it get a high. Middle aged man and women takes these drugs as a form of prescription to get relief from over strained backs and knees. Whatever may be the situation, the end result is that they become addicted. The sad part is that even though they try their luck for survival in the rehab, many a times they fail in their attempt and have to face death.
The root of the problem can be traced decades back when doctors tried to alleviate suffering with the help of painkillers. Furthermore, the pharmaceutical manufacturers persistent sales of the drugs and the liberalize prescription of pain drugs have also add to the current problem.