The Daily Sheeple
June 8, 2017
Drug overdoses kill more people under the age of 50 in the United States than anything else — more than vehicle crashes, homicide, gun-related incidents — anything.
Unsurprisingly, more of those overdoses pertained to opioids — legal, prescription medications, or illicit heroin, too frequently of dubious quality, sought by those for whom State-sanctioned painkillers no longer killed the pain — than to any other substance.
“To put the death toll into perspective,” Democracy Now! reports, “opioid deaths have now surpassed the peak in death by car crash in 1972, AIDS deaths in 1995 and gun deaths in 1993. After 20 years of heavy combat in South Vietnam, U.S. military casualties represented only one-third of the death toll from 10 years of opioid overdoses. Meanwhile, counties and states around the country have filed lawsuits to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for the public health crisis.”
Were it considered a contagious disease, the wildfire plague of opioid abuse and addiction would be pandemic.
“The United States is in the midst of the worst drug addiction epidemic in its history,” Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, toldjournalist Amy Goodman in an interview. “And when I say that, I’m referring to the number of people who are addicted and the number of people dying from overdose deaths. The epidemic isn’t new. It began 20 years ago and has gotten worse every year steadily.”
Over half the 52,000 people who succumbed to substance overdoses in 2015, according to the Department of Justice, did so using opioid medications, heroin, synthetic fentanyl, or other opioids.
As if the crisis weren’t a horrendous in its own right, experts warned an astronomical uptick in overdose fatalities within just the past few years…