You've probably seen plenty of headlines talking about an "opioid crisis" in the news. The rampant use and misuse of prescription painkillers and opioids has affected millions of Americans and those numbers have only increased in recent years. It's an issue that is not just national but also local.
Opioid is a broad term that includes many prescription painkillers but also includes illegal drugs like heroin and cocaine. Prescription painkillers are typically prescribed by a doctor for serious pain management, but these pills often fall into the wrong hands quickly and are highly addictive. Due to their prevalence, many teenagers and young adults are already very familiar with powerful pain pills like hydrocodone and Vicodin. It is very easy to become addicted to opioids due to their chemical makeup and addiction to opioids often quickly escalates from the occasional pain pill to street drugs as the body builds up a tolerance to the medication.
As funeral directors, we see far too many families ripped apart by addiction and overdose. Awareness of this issue is a vital step to overcoming this crisis. If you would like to download a copy of the 2018 CDC Annual Drug Surveillance Report you can find it here: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pubs/2018-cdc-drug-surveillance-report.pdf.
If you or someone you know needs help, please reach out to us ... we want to be a resource for addressing this ongoing, national crisis. We are here for the families in our communities whenever they need us.