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Opioid Crisis

Opioid Crisis: Killing Tens of Thousands of Americans Every Year

In 2016, drug overdose killed over 63,000 Americans. One of the primary drivers of this public health epidemic is the rampant and escalating addiction to prescription and illicit opioids that has consumed every part of the American landscape. In addition to illegal opiates like heroin, prescription opioids like oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and others are killing more and more United States citizens. These casualties represent our friends and loved ones and those closest to us. The opioid crisis is the most urgent and pervasive public health issue currently facing Americans and it’s important that it’s met with sensible prevention and treatment protocols, enforcement and more. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive, music-based treatment for opioid abuse. Don’t become another casualty of the opioid crisis. Call Recovery Unplugged today at (954) 703-1975 to start healing.

Medical Industry Factors Driving the Opioid Crisis

The opioid crisis has taken on a social and political life of its own. Stakeholders from various areas of the conversation have different, and often conflicting, ideas about how to stem the tide of addiction and subsequent overdose. There are a variety of factors driving the current opioid addiction crisis. One of the largest contributors to the problem is rampant over-prescription from members of the medical community. A few decades ago, the medical community received directives from governing authorities to do everything they can to mitigate pain when treating patients. This led to generations of prescription drug makers essentially partnering with physicians to prescribe opioid painkillers, even in cases in which they weren’t exactly necessary.

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The Plight of the Addicted Senior Citizen

One of the largest groups of casualties of the opioid crisis is senior citizens. The past two decades have spawned a whole new generation of addicts of over the age of 60. As patients get older their bodies lose the ability to metabolize these powerful drugs. This means that they often take more of the drug at more frequent intervals to experience its healing effects. Despite seniors’ biological vulnerability to these powerful prescription opioids, generic hydrocodone was the most commonly prescribed drugs for patients on Medicare in 2014. This phenomenon is just one of the cultural developments that has changed the face of the opioid crisis.

The Journey from Pills to Heroin

The Journey from Pills to Heroin

The effects of illegal opiates like heroin are identical to commonly prescribed opioids like OxyContin and Vicodin. It’s common for those who began taking prescription painkillers for a legitimate medical issue to get hooked on the drug. Once these prescription pills become cost-prohibitive, addicts often resort to the cheaper and more accessible alternative of pure heroin. The average street price of an oxycodone pill is between $30-$50, while the prices of a baggie of heroin can go for as little as $5. This unfortunate cycle of desperation happens to addicts of all ages, from young adults to middle-aged professionals to senior citizens.

Combatting the Opioid Crisis

While politicians, the medical community, prevention advocates and other stakeholders from the opioid crisis continue to search for macro solutions to this epidemic, you or your loved one can insulate yourself from the opioid crisis by seeking quality addiction treatment. Recovery Unplugged offers comprehensive, music-based care for adult men and women suffering from opioid addiction. Whether you’re looking for inpatient, outpatient, long-term or any other type of treatment, we are ready to help you or your loved one overcome opioid addiction and live the life you deserve. Recovery Unplugged blends traditional treatment methods like medically supervised detox and comprehensive rehab and behavior modification with innovative music-based therapies like songwriting, lyric-writing, production and performance. Contact us today at (954) 703-1975 to learn more about what we can do for you or your loved one.