Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses Climbs Sharply in U.S.

Number of Fatal Drug Overdoses Climbs Sharply in U.S.

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We are in the midst of what the CDC characterizes as a major public health crisis – the spiraling epidemic of drug addiction in America.

The scary question is, “Can it get any worse?”

Sadly – newly released data shows it is.

In 2016, there was a 19% increase in drug overdose deaths over the prior year.  And 2015 was a record.

The new death rate stands at 62,000 Americans a year.  That is more American fatalities than U.S. lives lost during the entire Vietnam War.

The leading cause?

You guessed it.  Opioid drugs.

Did you know that almost a third of all adults in the U.S. were prescribed opioid drugs in 2016?

That’s approximately 100 million people.

Incredible – right?

So we’d like to ask this very important question…  How in God’s name is that possible???

It’s possible because the drug companies keep pushing these profitable drugs, and physicians remain addicted to prescribing them – despite knowing they are among the most dangerous drugs on earth.

Another chilling stat?

Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in those under 50 years of age.

Here’s the bottom line… This problem is massive in scope, and only a concerted effort by everyone involved will stem this deadly tide.  And it starts with medical professionals.  They simply must learn to rely on other, safer treatment options when treating pain.  To do otherwise is both cruel and irresponsible.

If you or someone you love is addicted to opioid drugs, programs like Aware Recovery Care can make a big difference.  Aware has developed research tested treatment protocols that are substantially increasing rates of recovery for those addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.  If you or someone you love is in trouble – learn more about the work Aware Recovery Care is doing right now.  You can learn more by contacting  Recovery specialists are ready to start supporting your recovery today.