Opioid Crisis Continues to Strike As Women’s Organizations Join Together

Opioid Crisis Continues to Strike As Women’s Organizations Join Together


Americans have traditionally been addictive in nature. American society has immersed itself phases of heavy smoking, credit building, coffee drinking (average American drink 1.6 cups of coffee a day), and more recently, technology. Though these addictive habits (aside from smoking) aren’t directly a threat to the nation’s health, a much more serious addiction issue is striking across the country that even cigarettes cannot civil its rapid fatalities.

Drug addiction and specifically the opioid crisis has hit the U.S. extremely hard.

According to the National Survey On Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12 battled some time of drub abuse disorder in 2014.

And heroin addition specifically, between the ages of 18 and 25 year olds, has doubled over the past decade. In 2015, an estimated 21,000 kids admitted to using heroin during the year.

“The United States is currently experiencing an epidemic of prescription opioid overdose,” said a spokesperson for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). “Increased prescribing and sale of opioids — a quadrupling since 1999 — helped create and fuel this epidemic.”

According to Women’s Health, more and more women, specifically, are falling victim to this fatal addiction issue because of initial legal medication use.

“Women are more likely to have chronic pain, be prescribed prescription pain relievers, be given higher doses, and use them for longer time periods than men,” said a report by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).

ASAM reports that national women’s organizations have been working together to fight this growing epidemic, and have been pressing congress to pass comprehensive policies to help improve the addiction state in the country.

“There remains an urgent need for simple and achievable prevention, treatment and recovery policies that can reduce opioid overdose,” said R. Corey Waller, M.D., Chair of the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s Legislative Advocacy Committee. “Now is the time for us to come together as a unified group to ensure that Congress sends meaningful legislation to the President’s desk this year.”

When it comes to millennials, about 40% have shown some level of life insurance policy, but even their health insurance policies aren’t always that effective — especially if the organization is trying to take advantage of heroin addicts.

In addition to the horrible health problems that heroin addiction is inflicting on Americans, the crisis has spawned an industry of predators who have figured out how to exploit health insurance companies and recovering patients.

As Penn Live repots, insurance brokers are searching for addiction through treatment facilitates and then sign the addicts up for expensive health insurance packages.

“We need to do more to prevent these life-shattering, or even life-ending, events,” said Jay Kaplan, MD, President of the American College of Emergency Physicians.