Since the pandemic struck the US, there has been an alarming surge in drug overdoses, according to the article “The Opioid Crisis” (Upfront). Opioids are painkillers that can be prescribed by a medical professional, yet they seem to be the root of addictions that lead up to the deadly usage of fentanyl, a synthetic drug with potent effects. The most affected age group are those between 25 and 55 years old, but teens are also at risk of this danger. Purdue Pharma, a pharmaceutical company, is facing several lawsuits for their prescribed medication known as OxyContin, which is believed to contribute to this national issue. Experts and researchers suggested two solutions: providing accessible (and affordable) treatment and using “harm reduction” methods for those who suffer from addiction. Although the pandemic might have contributed to this surge in drug overdose, many experts say this issue was already continuously rising.
I think that the proposed solutions should be taken into serious consideration. Think about it: people who suffer from addiction are people who have a family and loved ones. Anyone could suffer from addiction at the hands of irresponsible medical prescriptions with dangerous drugs. The article made a point that treatment should be more accessible than accessing a daily fix.
Who do you think is responsible for our nation’s drug problem and how should it be fixed?