The opioid addiction epidemic is a nationwide public health crisis that’s claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans since the turn of the century. The epidemic has become so widespread that it’s affected every demographic of the American population, including the elderly. Given the unique risk factors that older populations who misuse opioids face, public health efforts and policy should be directed at helping the elderly seek treatment.
One branch of the military, National Guard soldiers, are at higher risk than other service members of falling prey to alcohol addiction. Unfortunately, this group has fewer options for treatment than members of other military branches. These factors create dangerous situations for National Guard members.
Johnson & Johnson and Major Distributors Agree to $26 Billion Settlement for Role in Opioid Epidemic
In late February of this year, drugmaker Johnson & Johnson and three major pharmaceutical distributors agreed to settle with plaintiffs from almost every U.S. state for the role J&J and the distributors played in fueling the opioid epidemic.
A new study revealed that opioid addicts who survive a drug overdose have the same death rate following hospital discharge as people who survive a heart attack. But why draw the comparison? Because while it is well known that heart attacks are a major cause of death in the U.S., Americans are only just now waking up to the fact that opioid overdoses are vying for a top position on America’s list of leading causes of death.
It’s a known fact that alcohol consumption impairs one’s awareness of self, making the individual a poor judge of their physical abilities and tolerance. With that in mind, it’s quite concerning but not surprising that a new study found upwards of 50% of drinkers believe they are sober enough to drive when they are not.
One common belief about drug addiction is that such addictions only occur in people who are unemployed, impoverished, or already beset with a serious life crisis. Contrary to that notion, anyone can struggle with addiction, including business professionals and finance experts.
Years have gone by and the myth of prescription stimulant use for “improved college performance“ still exists among college students seeking to boost their test scores. Finally, there is enough scientific data on the real effects of misusing prescription stimulants to firmly indicate what really happens when college students experiment with these drugs.
Substance abuse negatively affects every American industry through critical harms like: Lost productivity. Workplace accidents. Injuries. Missed work. Excessive sick days. Low morale. Interpersonal conflicts. Increased illness.
Drug and alcohol addiction are serious crises of the body and mind that can affect anyone. Even managers and business owners, persons who appear to be doing well in their chosen careers, can fall prey to addiction.
Drug addiction can appear in all walks of life, even among the very successful. Given the psychological stress and the physical demands of professional sports, even America’s top athletes can sometimes become addicted to opioid pain relievers, alcohol, and other mind-altering substances.