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NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. Communities nationwide are struggling with the unprecidented opioid pain pill and heroin addiction epidemic. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper.

One of the largest health problems the United States is facing is its issues with opioid use.  Not since the Crack epidemic of the 1980s has a drug gripped a nation with such force leaving many users hopelessly addicted and many families shattered in the process. 

Opioid addiction can happen to anyone, regardless of your socioeconomic status, and the National Safety Council (NSC) showed that in the following powerful PSA.

According to the NSC, 22,000 people die every year as a result of prescription opioid overdoses.  This problem has led to the average U.S. life expectancy to decline for the past two years and has also resulted in more annual opioid-related deaths than of breast cancer.

There are ways to preempt the opioid crisis from personally affecting you.  NSC’s website StopEverydayKillers.org includes free resources that will help you dispose of unused opioid prescription pills and “warn-me” label to affix on your insurance and prescription cards so doctors know not to prescribe you various opioids, like Vicodin and Percocet.

 

Erica Banas is a Digital Content Manager that covers rock/classic rock news for Beasley Media Group.

Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.