Opioid Addiction

According to The Economist of 23 February 2019,

  • The states with the highest opioid death rates are: Ohio, West Virginia, and New Hampshire.
  • Drugs kill an estimated 70,000 Americans every year. “In 2017, 47,600 of those deaths were caused by opioid overdose — a five-fold increase since 2000.”
  • Alexander Wood invented the hypodermic needle in 1853. He “touted it by claiming that morphine would not cause addiction if injected rather than smoked or swallowed.”
  • “Needles and morphine were deployed in the American Civil War . . .”  leaving “as many as 100,000 veterans” addicted.
  • Heroin was first manufactured by Bayer, the German pharmaceutical company. “To market it, they called it heroin from the German word meaning heroic.”
  • In 1996, a private pharmaceutical firm launched Oxycontin, an opioid “that, like heroin, is twice as strong as morphine.”
  • “Opioid sales quadrupled from 1999 to 2011.”
  • In 2012, the number of opioid prescriptions was 255 million.
  • In 2015, “Americans were still getting four times as many opioids per head than Europeans.”

These stats are terrible.

1 Comment

  1. Patrick C. said,

    March 29, 2019 at 2:15 pm

    Reblogged this on StopOpioidAbuse and commented:
    Here are a few facts about the massive crisis that we are all facing today. Currently we are at a record high for opioid sale, opioid related death, and now incredibly powerful opioids such as fetanyl which is incredibly easy to overdose off of.

    We need to control the output and use of these modern drugs, for the safety of our cities, neighborhoods, and our families.

    It would be greatly appreciated if you could sign our petition using the link https://www.change.org/p/chuck-schumer-save-lives-stop-the-excessive-unnecessary-flow-of-opioids-through-our-neighborhoods


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