Opioid Crisis


Jade Banks

After a staggering report of 64,000 deaths from opioid overdose in 2016, after more review, America’s life expectancy is expected to drop by another year due to recent reports. Opioids are substances that act on the opioid receptors in the body to give morphine like effects. Medically these aren’t dangerous because they are given at registered amounts for the patients to reduce pain and used for medical procesures.
Side Story: (About me)
*I was in the hospital a few years back (maybe about 4 or 5 years) for a stomach virus and I was in a lot of pain. I was given morphine while in the hospital and it felt like I was floating on a cloud, with a minor light headed feeling. I understood why some people would want to feel that all the time, but under no conditions should opioids be used for recreational use.* – End
Dangers of Opioids:
Opioids are not medicine, they are off the counter drugs that are used to produce the same effects as the ones used in the hospital.
People who use opioids, abuse them and get addicted in a dangerous way. Most people can get opioids from dealers and sometimes as over the counter medication.
The following dangers:
– Abuse
– Addiction
– Overdose
– Developement of Tolerence
– Damage to body parts and internal organs
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