In the article, “The Opioid Crisis”(Upfront) I learned about the recent high rates in deaths due to overdosing. Studies have shown that deaths have nearly doubled since 2015 and that people tend to die of overdose more compared to car crashes or gun injuries. It is said that the pandemic could be a huge cause of this as this prevents people from getting their treatments or they’re mental health problems have risen. As well as fentanyl being to blame which is a synthetic painkiller. It has been known to be added into drugs or counterfeit pills to make the strength of them even stronger.
I think this is a huge issue that needs to be dealt with. We need to find a safer way to help these people who are in need. Though some of these people may be drug users we must keep them safe even if they are using such as suggested (clean needles), we do not want to lose any more people to overdosing. Another safe way suggested in the article is to check for fentanyl in the drugs or pills to keep people from overdosing.