What is driving the Opioid Epidemic?
As I am sure you are aware, the United States is currently faced with a deadly and costly Public Health crisis – the opioid overdose epidemic. Opiate overdose deaths now are the leading cause of adult deaths under the age of 54, and the mortality statistics continue to climb. In addition to the tragic impacts on families and loved ones, there is a growing concern that our communities may not be able to continue to sustain the cost of responding to, and treating the ever-increasing numbers of overdose victims in our cities and towns across the nation.
Use this week’s readings and the videos you choose from the list above to view to discuss this question:
What is driving the Opioid Epidemic in the United States?
In your post, consider what caused it (point out specific factors), why you think it has grown so drastically, and why there does not seem to be any end in sight for this deadly and costly rampage across our country. What do you think needs to be done to try to curb this crisis?
As part of your discussion, demonstrate your understanding of the disease concept of addiction (you may not believe that it is valid – but support your comments!) and physiological and psychological dependence.
Submit your first original post of a minimum of 150 words. APA FORMAT
Please watch this!
View one of the videos linked below and in a post of no more than 50 words, write an “appeal” to your peers to watch the piece that you viewed. Think through this – what is the most important message or piece of information that the video shows? Why should people take the time to watch it? What might it mean to viewers? How was it important to you? How can you get them to stop and take notice?
The idea is for you to catch someone’s eye and motivate him or her to watch the piece. How can you get them to invest their time in the video?
Of course, you have to tell them the name of the video or provide a link.
For example, you might start with a statement like, If you have loved ones that struggle with addiction, I urge you to watch this brief video because……………………….
Or, you might say something like, please watch this video to understand the threat that opiate addiction poses to our communities………………..
Choose one of the following:
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