Death by Overdose, these words are scary to hear today. With prescription drugs and heroin quickly flooding schools throughout the United States we tend to hear this more and more. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse there was over 25,000 Deaths from Prescription Drugs and over 11,000 Deaths from Heroin in 2014. Opioids are the most common type of prescription drug abuse that results in death by overdose. Respiratory failure is typically the cause of death in cases of opioid overdose.
Prescription painkillers, such as OxyContin and Vicodin, were responsible for more than half of all drug overdose deaths. Most people who start abusing prescription opioid drugs quickly find themselves turning to illicit street drugs such as heroin for a cheaper and faster way to get high. An estimate of 45 percent of people who use heroin also are addicted to prescription narcotic painkillers.
No Fear of Death
There is an extreme rise in death by overdose amongst teens and young adults throughout the united states. Many reports showing that young adults ages 19 to 25 are particularly at risk for a fatal overdose. The national overdose death rate for that age group is 12.7 percent per 100,000.
Many say these young people have no fear of death, the truth of the matter is they are victims of a horrible disease that is consuming them and like many others before them they may end up paying the ultimate price, their life. To beat their addiction and prevent themselves from becoming another death by overdose statistic there is an immediate need for addiction treatment.
Getting the Help You Need
If you are suffering from an addiction to drugs the first step is admitting that you have a problem and asking for help. This could be reaching out to a loved one, turning to your doctor or making a very important phone call to an addiction treatment center.
For years you have battled with addiction, leaving you life on the line. Today is the day you take your life back and get the help you truly need.