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Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.

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05-16 US witnesses upsurge in opioid-related deaths

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US witnesses upsurge in opioid-related deaths

As the up-to-date statistics on opioid-related deaths were made public in the United States, it was shocking to find out that opioid overdose and deaths have continued to edge on, thereby taking death tolls to new uncharted heights. The opioid crisis has indeed been a rambunctious ordeal that has consistently posed problems for the American citizens, especially due to the upsurge of new synthetic drugs in the market that are being manufactured in the overseas laboratories. As a result, the law enforcement agencies have their hands full in a bid to keep these poisonous compounds off the streets, particularly from the reach of the youngsters.

According to the speculations by the United Nations’ Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), new psychoactive substances are materializing worldwide at a frenzied pace of one per week. Despite various attempts to curb the opioid crisis, drug dealers have found innovative ways to cater to the growing demands for opioid substitutes and to make a quick buck. In fact, they have always stayed several steps ahead of the policymakers and have remained beyond the authorities’ radar.

Almost half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. Between 1999 and 2015, over 183,000 people perished to opioid overdose deaths. Some demographics of the U.S. have been hit harder than others, displaying unprecedented rise in opioid-related deaths.

  • In 2014, drug overdose death was at 47,055, including 28,647 (60.9 percent) deaths that involved an opioid.
  • Illicit opioids are fueling opioid overdose deaths.
  • In 2014, drug overdose deaths increased to 52,404, including 33,091 (63.1 percent) deaths due to an opioid.

Steady stream of designer drugs from overseas laboratories

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) speculates that the Chinese laboratories are the main contributor of designer opioids to the U.S. Additionally, these laboratories are able to cater to the online delivery of designer drugs. When medical personnel and law enforcement agencies encounter new opioid analogs, they face major challenges in relaying information to other laboratories as the surveillance system for new compounds is based on a loose informal network.

There has also been a slew of heroin substitutes entering the U.S. borders from the laboratories in Mexico. Most of these synthetic opioids are more dangerous than artificial opioids and stimulants (bath salts), as these illicit opioids are loosely based on the formula for fentanyl, which is 50 times more potent than heroin. The shift from conventional opioid drugs to laboratory-produced synthetic opioids can be attributed to the following factors:

  • Heroin requires large farmable lands for poppy production, while fentanyl can be produced within the confines of a laboratory with far less costs, infrastructure and manpower.
  • Overseas laboratories are replicating abandoned research on opioid drugs that has been deemed unfit for consumption and distributing the drugs illegally.
  • The crackdown on conventional drugs has led opioid thrill-seeking enthusiasts to search for more alternative means for fueling their addiction that has created a huge demand for these drugs.

Abusing prescription drugs is dangerous

Since prescription drugs have mind-altering psychoactive properties, it is essential to not consume these drugs without consulting an expert. Due to the increased practice of self-medication, people tend to misuse prescription drugs. Being habit-forming in nature, the consumption of such medication can turn into an addiction. Therefore, it is essential to avoid such habits and seek treatment in case of any problem.

If you or your loved one is suffering from prescription drug abuse, it is imperative to seek professional help. The Colorado Prescription Abuse Helpline assists in accessing the best prescription drug abuse treatment centers in Colorado that specialize in delivering evidence-based intervention plans. Call us at our 24/7 helpline number 866922-5915 or chat online with our medical advisers to know more about the prescription abuse treatment centers in Colorado.