Opioids Take Months Off of U.S. Life Expectancy

Taking a look at the general timeline of our physical vessel, we know for certain that we were born and we know for certain t

Oct 9
2017

Taking a look at the general timeline of our physical vessel, we know for certain that we were born and we know for certain that one day we will die. Nobody is quite sure of what goes on in between. Everybody’s reality is different while everybody’s perception follows suit. We all have comparable journeys that are completely dissimilar at the end of the day. Nothing is guaranteed and everything is possible. What we do with this time is up to us.

Trying to jog your memory as best as capable, nobody is able to remember what it was like before birth. We have speculation and theories but no evidence. The same goes for after death. Keeping this in mind, it’s wise to take advantage of the time we have. It’s safe to say that most of us hope to stave off death for as long as possible while we stay on the better half of the U.S. life expectancy census. This for many ends up being a pipe dream ending in powerless and unmanageability. Addiction and alcoholism will sneak up on even the most cunning of individuals. The opioid epidemic has sadly become one for the masses as the U.S. life expectancy continues to plummet.  

Fearing the Plague

Medications like opioids play a vast role in our never-ending quest for life’s answers. Although originally manufactured and supplied for the purpose of alleviating pain, opioids have long been abused for their euphoric delivering effects. It is without question that some people require certain medications to get by and function in everyday life and there is nothing wrong with that. However, a profound amount of American citizens are wrongly prescribed opioids every day. This negligent prescription writing wouldn’t be such a large deal if research didn’t show the correlation between these little poppy seed devils and the decline of the U.S. life expectancy rate.   

Opioids are derived from the poppy seed, (as I’m sure most who are reading this are already aware of). Some of them include but are not limited to:

  • Morphine
  • Heroin
  • Codeine
  • Opium
  • Methadone
  • Dilaudid
  • Percocet, Percodan, or Oxycodone
  • Demerol
  • Vicodin/Hydrocodone
  • Fentanyl

These are the haunting names of the prescription chemicals that are setting the bar low for U.S. life expectancy. These are the pharmaceuticals that are being passed out as expiration dates for countless addicts and alcoholics just looking for relief from their misery.

man doing drugs

Can We Call a Time Out?

In more recent years, the DEA has made several minor attempts to try and contain the resulting epidemic. Such attempts have been limiting the number of prescriptions allowed to be produced by pharmaceutical companies as well as limitations on the amount of times doctors can throw that infamous signature on an MD notepad. It was recorded that the year of 2014 holds the record for the most overdose deaths in one year. Even with taking the death part off the table, the overdoses and brain damage done from opioids is a definite set back.

According to studies done at the Center for Disease Control, opioids subtract away from U.S. life expectancy on an average loss of .21 years- the equivalent of about two and a half months. With these numbers, the amount of addicts and alcoholics that are shortening their lives is alarming. However, even with the damage done and the lifespan subtracted, this is still a better outcome than the possibility of overdose death. Between the two chemical controversies, the U.S. life expectancy is only expected to continue to decrease in upcoming years.

Even with lower amounts of prescriptions being dosed out, this isn’t enough to stop the alcoholic mind that is America. A number of people have just turned to heroin in recent years due to the crackdown on painkillers; the demand beckons as the supply continues to flow. In trying times, opioids produce a false confidence that seemingly makes everything better temporarily. When put into those words it doesn’t seem very enticing huh?  

The Facts Don’t Lie

Most would be unpleasantly surprised as to how quickly our minds decide they enjoy the feeling of opioids. You don’t have to see or recognize yourself as an addict for the trouble to accumulate. Not only do most of us prefer taking an easier path that is null and void of silly emotion, but most people (addict or not) enjoy a little bit of euphoria here and there. Everybody wants to giggle and feel at ease but it’s only a matter of time before we start to accustom this chemical joy with the proceeding discomfort that addiction usually delivers as our own U.S. life expectancy drops and we become part of the statistics.

The record states that last year was the lowest in U.S. life expectancy since 1993 and there’s more than enough evidence to speculate why. Sure there are always other factors that come into play when looking at the totality of U.S. life expectancy, but numbers show the association of the two. The ironic part to all this is that mortality rates and modern medicine are at an all-time high- imagine that.

Opioids are a devastating enigma to the United States and it’s about time that something was done about it. As the overdoses continue to collect on a daily basis, everybody is scratching their heads wondering when the President will become involved and something drastic is going to change it all. Stricter measures are not the answer but providing more viable solutions to treatment services is. Opioids will not be disappearing anytime soon, so it’s on the people to survive through the harsh times of the epidemic. It’s on us to allow the U.S. life expectancy to increase once again.

Pain is real in All Forms

Addiction has no limitations or boundaries. It can be difficult trying to abstain from the calls of the chemical sirens. We know that sometimes it takes a little help to see the greener side of the grass. If you or a loved one has been struggling with getting a firm grasp on sobriety and need a drug and alcohol treatment facility, please call1-866-663-3030 or visit www.pasadenarecoverycenter.com. Our teams of specialists are waiting by to help figure out what options are best for sending your life is a comfortable direction that you can proudly stand behind.

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