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Opioids Epidemic in America Opioid Addiction Explained Documentary 2018

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Opioids Epidemic in America Opioid Addiction Explained Documentary 2018

This documentary is about Opiods Epidemic in America and opioid addiction stories. Know how opioid addiction inside the brain works. You must know how do painkillers work before trying them.
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The opioid epidemic or opioid crisis is the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada beginning in the late 1990s and continuing throughout the first two decades of the 2000s. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (commonly sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet), hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a very strong painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin. The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them popular both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing, opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression, and may cause respiratory failure and death.[2]

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, “overdose deaths, particularly from prescription drugs and heroin, have reached epidemic levels.”[3]:iii Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths in 2016 involved prescription opioids.[1] From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales, and substance abuse treatment admissions related to opioid pain relievers all increased substantially.[4] By 2015, annual overdose deaths from heroin alone surpassed deaths from both car accidents and guns, with other opioid overdose deaths also on the rise.[5]

Drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with two-thirds of those deaths from opioids.[6] In 2016, the crisis decreased overall life expectancy of Americans for the second consecutive year.[7] Overall life expectancy fell from 78.7 to 78.6 years. Men were disproportionally more affected due to higher overdose death rates, with life expectancy declining from 76.3 to 76.1 years. Women’s life expectancy remained stable at 81.1 years.[7]

In 2016, over 64,000 Americans died from overdoses, 21 percent more than the almost 53,000 in 2015.[8][9][6] By comparison, the figure was 16,000 in 2010, and 4,000 in 1999.[10][11] While death rates varied by state,[12] public health experts estimate that nationwide over 500,000 people could die from the epidemic over the next 10 years.[13] In Canada, half of the overdoses were accidental, while a third was intentional. The remainder were unknown.[14] Many of the deaths are from an extremely potent opioid, fentanyl, which is trafficked from Mexico.[15] The epidemic cost the United States an estimated 4 billion in 2015.[16]

CDC director Thomas Frieden said that “America is awash in opioids; urgent action is critical.”[17] The crisis has changed moral, social, and cultural resistance to street drug alternatives such as heroin.[18] In March 2017, Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, declared a state of emergency to combat the opioid epidemic,[19] and in July 2017 opioid addiction was cited as the “FDA’s biggest crisis.”[20] On October 26, 2017, President Donald Trump concurred with his Commission’s report and declared the country’s opioid crisis a “public health emergency.”

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20 thoughts on “Opioids Epidemic in America Opioid Addiction Explained Documentary 2018

  1. The Traveler

    …overexposed to all kinds of medications.

  2. soulspeaker1979

    I'm glad the doctors in The Netherlands are intelligent and just tell you to take some aspirin or ibuprofen after surgical procedures.
    Only in rare and serious cases do they subscribe opiode medication.


    EXCELLENT Video…I encourage everyone to be aware n informed.

  4. rochelle123ist

    And cancer patients don’t get adequate pain relief b cause the government is restricting access to these necessary medications

  5. Russada

    Everyone is addicted to something some may be more sever than the other. Don't judge someone because they sin different than you. If this world can just speak more love and existence then hate we will be ok.

  6. Chris Trinder

    Thank goods the NHS and medical governing body in the U.K. prevents this kind of tragedy here.
    Opioids are only usually scripted for patients that are with terminally ill, usually terminal cancer sufferers.
    Ibrobrufen, paracetamol etc are our most common painkillers, over the counter type meds.
    When someone is scripted opioids in the U.K. the medication is reduced in stages over a period. In the USA is that doctors just stop the scripting the opioids, cutting the supply dead, instead of reducing the medication in stages so their patients don’t have acute withdrawal symptoms, which then leads people addicted to turn to black market drugs.

  7. John Minner Kyle

    Oxycodone is LIFE

  8. Marissa Gomez-Davis

    The American women doctors are SO STUPID and the American men doctors are NOT SMART ENOUGH*…AMERICA does not deserve to know. *ALL OF YOU CAN GO TO HELL…You will never know ha ha ha ha ha

  9. Chainsaw Maniac

    You're a bunch of whiny little snitches.

  10. Brandon Pennington

    It's the person's choice,they can't go around controlling everybody's lives.i garuntee if the people talking in this video was hurting they would want to feel better too.if someone makes the choice they don't wanna live anymore that is a choice made regardless of what they are taking,they may act like they know but they don't know why he done that.blame it on the Drs if y'all want but they didn't force it down his throat.thats all I'm saying.

  11. Brandon Pennington

    LMAO, I know it's tragic but they cannot blame the Drs for someone killing themselves,that is a choice one makes on their own.

  12. Brandon Pennington

    They are not looking at this right,they are trying to stop the prescription of meds when they should be looking at ways to monitor the drugs they prescribe,and then if whoever gets them is selling them, lock them up,there just has to be a logical way to do this besides taking them away,people really need these drugs.i garuntee that there will be just as many suicids in people that have to suffer because somebody that DNT need the meds sell them and get everybody cut off.think about it people.figure a way to monitor,count everybody's pills not just some,and if people start getting cut off for not having them they will either stop selling pills or go to jail

  13. Brandon Pennington

    These people got it all wrong,if they could understand who needs it and who don't,then they can give it to people that need it and I doubt they'd ever go to heroin if they had what they needed,there is two sides to every coin.the problem is knowing if some needs them or not and if they're using them correctly or not.there has to be a way.

  14. ihoxti

    These overprescriptions of Opioids are a crime against the humanity!

  15. Olafsos Huber

    USA: 326,000,000
    90,000 death by alcohol
    72,000 death by drug overdoses
    39,000 death by guns (14,000 by assault, 25,000 suicide)
    480,000 death by smoking
    680,000 avoidable death every year in the USA (no gun control, no drug control, no alcohol control, no tobacco control)
    welcome to the last stage of capitalism

    Germany 83,000,000
    74,000 death by alcohol
    1,300 death by drug overdoses
    808 death by guns (60 by assault, 670 by suicide, others accidents)
    121,000 death by smoking
    197,000 avoidable death in Germany (good gun control, good drug control, no alcohol control, no tobacco control)
    welcome to the second stage of capitalism

    the tobacco death are pretty much the same which shows a similar addiction in both countries
    guns is also clear, too many guns cause too many deaths by guns
    drugs seems to be a real problem with the guns in the US
    and Germany has a real alcohol problem (maybe because of the none availability of cheep drugs)

  16. Olafsos Huber

    yes that can happen only in America, because the market will "regulate itself"
    why does this not happen in Europe? because they have strict regulations how the market should work and what safety for product is mandatory

  17. Anthon Deutsch

    He was prescribed 185 pain pills in a months period, I have RSD and I am prescribed 660 pain pills per month. The worse thing is that they no longer take the pain away effectively.

  18. Charlene Osias

    I am enjoying. Karma.

  19. Patricia Egan

    "Maybe we're not doomed", thank you for sharing this video. It's heart breaking to hear but needs to be heard. It's a prescribed enemy of our country, our youth, our people.

  20. Anna Warner

    Survival of the fittest and natural selection in progress. Doctors are making money to buy exotic cars and beautiful houses by prescribing opioids.

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