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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Millennials Who Know People Living With Opioid Addiction

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Opioid use disorder is a progressive disease affecting more than 2 million Americans. Each day, more than 100 people in the United States die of an opioid overdose. What’s more, given that addiction often goes unreported, there is a high likelihood that an even more significant number of individuals are struggling with either prescription opioids or heroin.

Using and misusing opiates of any kind is inherently dangerous, all of us must do what we can to encourage those who we love and care about to seek addiction treatment services. Opioids are both ubiquitous and pervasive in certain parts of the country; more and more people are finding that they know someone either taking or struggling with prescription opioids. The vast majority of persons procure such drugs from a doctor, friend, or family member; if such channels disappear, many will turn to the black market rather than face withdrawal.

Deciding to turn to the black market, to acquire prescription painkillers or cheaper and stronger heroin, significantly increases people’s risk of synthetic opioid exposure. In recent years, the charts showing the prevalence of illicit fentanyl use only go in one direction, up! Fentanyl is 80 to 100 times more potent than morphine and can be 50 percent stronger than most heroin. Most individuals, to make matters worse, have no way of knowing that the drug they are about to use contains the deadly synthetic.

It doesn’t matter where you are from or how educated you are; if you're white or black, young or old; opioid addiction can touch anyone. There is a good chance you know someone who is struggling; perhaps you are in the grips of an opioid use disorder? In either case, we implore you to seek help.


Do You Know Someone Dealing With Opioid Addiction?

Opioid addiction affects people from all walks of life and experts suggest that the disorder is impacting overall life expectancy for Americans. While adolescents and young adults are not the demographic at highest risk of opioid use and misuse, a survey shows that nearly half of millennials know someone who has dealt with opioid use disorder, NBC News reports. A new NBC News GenForward millennial poll indicates that more than four in 10 millennials (42 percent) know someone with a history of opioid addiction; 17 percent report knowing someone in their immediate family.

Those up to date with current events relating to the opioid epidemic know that among the various affected demographics, white Americans are most significantly impacted by the epidemic. The survey shows that 54 percent of white millennials know someone who has struggled with an opioid addiction; whereas, only 30 percent of African-American millennials knew an individual with such a history.

Most cases of addiction do not receive any form of treatment or therapy, despite the fact that recovery is an attainable goal. Among young, white Americans, 22 percent know someone in their immediate family who has misused opioids; it stands to reason that many of those same family members are still in the grips of the disease. With that in mind, it is critical that young people compassionately encourage their loved ones to utilize addiction recovery resources.

If you know someone is struggling, please do not keep it to yourself; helping them get assistance could bring about lasting addiction recovery for your mother, father, brother, or sister.


Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

The Haven at Pismo can help you or your loved one break the cycle of addiction and assist you in learning how to manage the symptoms of co-occurring mental illness. Please contact us today learn more about our program.