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    Solutions to the Opioid Crisis

    The opioid crisis is ravaging through communities, taking somewhere around 178 lives a day. The crisis has been charted since 1978, and the deaths per year have been increasing exponentially since. Since 1978, there have been over 600 thousand...

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    • It is my belief that it is extremely important for the American people to do all we can to try to halt this epidemic. Opioid usage is a crisis and even though the 2019 Opioid Crisis Response Act was indeed a very important step towards coming up with a solution, the underlying problem still exists. I think that the relatively new practice of doctors prescribing methadone pills in order to help wane addicts off of powerful opioids while also lessening the opiate withdrawals is important but it will not fix much. The base of the problem must be eliminated, which is the overprescription of powerful opiates like hydrocodone and oxycontin.

    • I think this is an important topic because many people have had examples of this in their lives. For me, I saw the use of prescription painkillers help my mother through chemotherapy, to fight cancer that was taking over her body. While I have not seen abuse, I can see the importance of education and proper awareness to be raised over the issue.

    • Opioid addiction is an extremely important topic that must be addressed. The article states that in 2018 alone, more than 10 million cases of opioid misuse were recorded. This is an important topic for me because currently Utah has an extremely bad opioid problem. Just in 2018 alone, over 500 people overdosed from this drug. Doctors need to use opioids only as a last resort in order to stop the spread of addiction.

    • I agree, the opioid epidemic is a problem that needs solving. Opioids take a lot of lives, at the cost of a larger profit margin for a big pharma corporation. The impact of opioids is perpetuated by the glorification of addiction in American society referencing substances like nicotine, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, etc. A big change needs to occur in what we put in our bodies and what we view is acceptable to be reliant on.

    • What a lot of people have trouble understanding is that drugs like this are not hard to come by. You can get them in nearly any city. Doesn’t matter if it’s a small farm town, or a big urban city. You can get them almost anywhere. A lot of sellers target young kids, because as we all know kids love to try anything that is new to them. Or they can get peer pressured into it. It’s a harsh reality that I don’t think we’re doing enough about. Out of any country, the United States prescribes the largest amount of opiates. We prescribe them sometimes just because people want them, not because they need them. It’s insane.

    • This is an issue in America where opioid usage has came to a point of it being crisis is ridiculous. This brings me to the point of what is so wrong with cannabis? Compared to the number of overdoses and deaths that PRESCRIBED pills are doing and the number of deaths cannabis has come up with, its 0-millions. These drugs are not only legal, they are given to us by doctors. They are given to us for pain, that is all to most surgeries, most er visits, and if you look up what opioids prescribed for it tells us coughing and diarrhea. After reading how many prescriptions are given it has come to a sketchy number, the only thing that is good is the awareness of what is going on and how wrong it is

    • Opioid addiction is a very important topic that needs to be talked about. This is a very big problem in our country and needs to be solved.

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