2015 was the worst year for drug overdose deaths.
Then 2016 came along, taking that dubious distinction.
Now, we’re finding more troubling numbers from 2017.
How can we slow these rising numbers?
If nothing is done, we can expect a lot of people to die: A forecast by STAT concluded that as many as 650,000 people will die over the next 10 years from opioid overdoses — more than the entire city of Baltimore. The US risks losing the equivalent of a whole American city in just one decade.
That would be on top of all the death that America has already seen in the course of the ongoing opioid epidemic. In 2016, more than 64,000 people died of drug overdoses in America — with synthetic opioids (such as fentanyl), heroin, and common opioid painkillers (like Percocet and OxyContin) topping other causes of overdose, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s a higher death toll than guns, car crashes, and HIV/AIDS ever killed in one year in the US, and a higher death toll than all US military casualties in the Vietnam and Iraq wars combined.
In a November response, President Donald Trump declared a public health emergency over the opioid crisis, but requested No Funds. That’s not a good start.
What are HHS and NIH doing about it? In response to the opioid crisis, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is focusing its efforts on five major priorities:
- improving access to treatment and recovery services
- providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction
- advancing better practices for pain management
- promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs
- strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance
This short series on opioid addiction, will focus on the first three points in this list. I believe the answer lies in the essential oils of the cannabis plant. Specifically, the essential oil Cannabidiol—CBD.
Some researchers are finding CBD to have medicinal properties that may become a substitute for opioid medication. American Herbal Science provides a reliable and consistent source of the highest quality, federally legal, American made “medicinal hemp” derived Cannabidiol, CBD. Please consider our company as a reliable source to help those in need. I’ll post Part Two in a few days.