The Faces of Addiction

I know I said I would talk about how I got off opioids in my next post but I came across some vital information that may interest you.

Women get addicted to opioids more than men do, Recent studies show women are more likely to have chronic pain and visit their doctor more than men do. Moreover, a female stands a better chance of getting an opioid prescription, that according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse. Plus, women tend to metabolize their pain meds slower than men. The Center for Disease Control notes females are more likely to be dependent on opioids in a shorter time frame.

The deaths are staggering: Nearly 48,000 women have died from taking prescription painkillers between 1999-2010. That’s a 400% increase since 1999. Women between the ages between 45-54 are the most likely to die from an overdose,

Several opioid users turn to use heroin at some point. But with the crackdown on prescription narcotics that started in force in 2010, heroin can be cheaper and easier to obtain than pills. A study published in the journal, Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation, in 2011, says 40%  of injectable drug users abused prescription drugs before they started using heroin.

This has got to stop.

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