Would you believe that the United States exceeds any other world country based on the rate that doctors prescribe painkillers (by a rate of 66 drugs per 100 people)? Even more shocking, in 2016 alone, more than 214 million opioids were provided to patients. So it will come as no surprise for you to learn that a 2015 study revealed that 2 million Americans suffered from some form of painkiller abuse. This data and more reveal the dangerous continuation of the Opioid Crisis, a dangerous phenomenon that is currently plaguing the U.S. streets. In response, the government has passed a variety of regulations to prevent the problem from growing, and, in the past few days, members of the Senate have taken a final step in combating the epidemic. Let’s take a closer at the recent Sweeping Opioids Package and its potential impact on our country’s dilemma.
A Closer Look at the Package
On Wednesday afternoon, members of the Senate approved the Sweeping Opioids Package by a vote of 98 to 1 and distributed the bill in time for the upcoming midterm elections. Combining of more than one hundred delegates, the new package will strengthen will target existing policies about opioid prescriptions and target the core of the opioid crisis. Likewise, the program will promote new techniques for prevention and recovery, possibly preventing another multitude of deaths by opioid overdoses (contrasting with 72,000 drug-related deaths in 2017).
In light of recent issues in Congress, the passing of this Bill marks an uncommon bipartisan vote and the agreement of both parties over the growing drug crisis in America.
The Most Important Aspect of the Bill
Four years ago, a Republican senator from Ohio initially alerted Congress to the growing opioid epidemic in our country and has received credit for developing a critical aspect of the package. Experts argue that some of the most dangerous contributors to the epidemic are fentanyl and other synthetic opioids, which are commonly inserted in illegal drugs like heroin. In other words, drug addicts will unwillingly consume painkillers, increasing the chance of overdose and death. Once the bill is passed, the United States Postal Service will inspect packages for the trace presence of fentanyl (particularly doses imported from overseas countries like China).
Always remember that painkillers and other drugs do not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance abuse disorder or addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Out counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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