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What Caused The Escalation Of The Heroin Epidemic?

In 2010, there was a reformulation of one of the most powerful painkillers, OxyContin. This was the starting pint for an epidemic of a heroin crisis that would sweep across the United Sates. Although there were cases of drug abuse before that time, it is obvious that the escalation was totally because of this reformation. In the years that followed, there was an explosion in heroin overdoses and deaths. Researchers have also found out that the trends in the supply and consumption of drugs changed after this incidence. This is the reason why they strongly believe that it is the..  - Read More

How The Opioid Epidemic Sweeps From New England To Los Angeles

From New England to Los Angeles, the opioid epidemic has been casing sleepless nights to families, communities and authorities. The effects of abusing opiates have been felt far and wide. Over the years, people have watched helplessly and their loved ones succumb to the effects of drugs. There are orphans, widows, and childless families thanks to drug abuse. No matter where you live in America, you can see the devastating reality that has been caused by this condition. People overdosing in corn fields in rural areas or street corners in cities have become a common scene. However, it is the..  - Read More

Staten Island’s Catholic Community Has Joined Forces To Combat The Local Heroin Crisis

In 2016, drug overdoses resulted in approximately 90 deaths on Staten Island. To combat the heroin epidemic that has been plaguing the borough of New York City, a new program is being collectively launched by the Staten Island H.E.A.R.T Initiative. H.E.A.R.T is an acronym for Heroin Epidemic Archdiocese Response Team, and this initiative was designed by the Catholic Charities of Staten Island and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO). The coaches and members of H.E.A.R.T aim to enlighten, help and motivate families on Staten Island to fight this crisis. Coaches, parishes in need of help and referees are undergoing NARCAN training with..  - Read More

Steps That Need To Be Taken To Win The American War On Drugs

The National Institute on Drug Abuse claims that in 2015, 55,404 citizens in the United States died of drug overdoses. That amount is greater than the combined amount of deaths that resulted from automobile accidents, gunshots and suicides that year. 80% of these people died had misused opioids like heroin, prescription painkillers and synthetic fentanyl. Over 2.5 million people in the United States take legal opioid like hydrocodone, hydromorphone and oxycodone. Back in 2012, doctors in the United States wrote approximately 259 million opioid prescriptions. Apparently, 80% of all opioids in the world are being consumed in the United States...  - Read More

A Closer Look At America's Opioid Epidemic

If you though that the opioid epidemic in America is just a problem of specific people, you need to think again. A closer analysis reveals that this is a problem that has engulfed all the 50 states. The effects are similar across all the states. You only need to look at some of the victims or the stories narrated by survivors to understand how sever this epidemic is. In addition to that, it does not choose based on color, race, religion or anything else. As long as you are in America, regardless of where you live, you are always likely..  - Read More

Summit County Children Services Affected By The Opiate Epidemic

The heroin epidemic in Summit County has hit its worst levels in recent years according to recent assessments. According to statistics released recently, there was an increase of about 50 percent in the number of custody cases. The number of children who have been affected by opiate related cases is sharply rising and this points to an even deeper crisis. For instance, it is an indication that families are falling apart because of drugs and the communities are threatened. Summit County Children Services are concerned that if this trend escalates, things could get out of hand. This is the reason..  - Read More



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