According to Data, Opioid Shipments Increased by Over 50% As Addiction Crisis Grew
New Federal data shows that drugmakers increased the shipment of painkillers during the acceleration of the opoioid crisis across to the United States.
According to Time, the data showed that companies distributed 8.4 billion hydrocodone and oxycodone pills to pharmacies in 2006, a number which increased to 12.6 billion in 2012, an increase of over 50%
It was during that time that over 100,000 deaths were attributed to the opioid epidemic, and things have yet to show signs of improvement, especially across rural areas in the United States, which seem to be the ones getting hit the worst by this problem.
As I have mentioned before, this is a serious problem that has persisted because it stems from the top; drug companies profiting billions of dollars without true regard for the people that are dying, and a government that has not done enough to curve this epidemic, most likely due to the huge lobbying campaigns that Big Pharma runs in Washington.
As citizens of this country, it is imperative for us to educate ourselves and understand the dangers associated with painkiller abuse, taking every precaution needed not to be the next victim of its wrath. We have to understand that this is a problem that not only affects lower classes or people predisposed to addiction, this is a problem where educated people, doctors and even professional athletes have fallen victim to its power. Opioid drugs have no mercy and do not discriminate.
We must also make sure to do our job in holding those at the top accountable for these issues, and we can do it primarily by having our voices heard.