In the article, “The Opioid Crisis,” by Patricia Smith I have learned that there have been many deaths from overdosing. In a 12 month period there have been over 100,000 people who have died from overdosing. These numbers have been increasing significantly over the past years doubling since 2015. There have been more Americans who have been dying from overdosing than dying from “car crashes and gun fatalities combined.” Most of these deaths have come from people who are ages 25-55. Fentanyl is a painkiller in which people add secretly to illegally manufactured drugs in which it can include counterfeit pills.
I think that overdosing is a huge problem here in the U.S. because of the amount of deaths that there has been. People should be more aware of where they are getting their medication from and if it’s the correct one. It’s not right to be taking medication given from other people because you don’t know what it can include and what it can do to you.
How do you think overdosing can be reduced?