The ongoing battle to eradicate the opioid crisis

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Drug addiction is one of the world’s most harrowing health issues, and opioid addiction is without a doubt the worst of them all. Opioids are essentially a type of drug that is sourced from the opium poppy plant. There are some prescription opioids that are made directly from the plant, and there are those that are made in scientific labs using a similar (or the same) chemical structure. Because of their properties that relax the body and relieve pain, opioids are used as medicinal treatments. There is also an addictive trait in opioids that becomes even more dangerous because they are known to make people feel “high”. The world’s most renowned opioid is heroin. When one has all this information, all the facts, it is easy to understand how and why opioid overdose is so common, and just how the misuse (or even the general use, depending on which angle you approach it from) of opioids has become such a prominent crisis today.

The opioid crisis that has been brutalising the human world has been ongoing for quite some time. The growing problem with opioid use over the years has been made worse by the fact that those who were originally prescribed the medication are not made fully aware of its effects and its lifespan. Many people who are prescribed opioids are unaware that their effects do in fact diminish over time. Because it is so easy to become addicted to opioids, this is often when those who have been prescribed the medication start to turn to stronger opioids to yield the same results that, until now, they have always gotten from their initially prescribed medication. There is a sick kind of power that opioids yield over the individuals who become addicted to them, and seeking and successfully undergoing treatment and rehabilitation is something that is unfortunately sometimes easier said than done successfully.

Obviously, addiction treatment is rarely – if ever – an easy road to recovery. But in the case of opioid addiction, it becomes especially problematic for a few reasons. First, the addictive nature of the drug means that users are sometimes more dependent on it than they realise. And second, when the effects begin to diminish, users start to seek out alternative drugs that yield the reaction they now crave. This is where people often move onto stronger opioids. Because of this ladder effect, it can be especially tricky for users to know how much they should use of their newly acquired “treatment”. And this is at least partially the reason that opioid addiction has ballooned to become the global crisis that it is today. By the time many people seek addiction treatment for opioid use, the road to recovery is so rocky that many of them must seek treatment multiple times before it sticks – if it ever does.

The brutal nature of opioids means that they make users fall fast and hard, and then demand more and more as time goes on. Blind to their addiction, users continuously go out of their way to give more, and the result is most often (if not always) catastrophic, even fatal. The longer this crisis goes on, the more crucial it becomes to find ways to work towards viable long-term solutions to eradicate it. The awkward reality is that unfortunately, there is no easy fix to a global crisis like this. The opioid crisis that the world is currently dealing with is going to take time, patience, investment, and constant action in the medical field, as well as addictive therapy strategising. This ongoing battle to eradicate opioid addiction is one that has been raging for quite some time now, and it is only going to get better if we are willing to do the hard work, even when it becomes most challenging.

It is no secret that drug use is one of the most dangerous forms of addiction there is. No matter where you are in the world, the use of illicit drugs and other substances is considered to be a problem, to say the very least. Of all the illicit drugs there are, prescription drugs (i.e. opioids) are by far the most dangerous, even life-threatening. The reason for this is quite simple: opioids are made to treat painful symptoms or otherwise tightening contractors. In essence, opioids allow the body to relax. The opioid crisis that has bloomed over the years is now an international epidemic, and the battle to right the ship is brutal and ongoing. There are of course pathways of action that are dedicated towards eradicating the crisis, but it is far too deep in now to be a quick fix. While of course consistent action is better than inaction, we must acknowledge that there is no easy fix for the opioid crisis. This will take time, patience, investment, and constant action in both the medical and addictive therapy fields.

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