According to the CDC about 114 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Over the years the opioid epidemic has increased. Every year the death rate gets higher with no chance of slowing down anytime soon. In 2015, 33,000 people died from opioid overdose and coming into 2018 that number has risen from 15% to an outstanding 30%.
Recent studies at the national drug abuse center shows that patients prescribed an opioid anywhere from 21-29% of people misuse them and this leads to an overdose.
This issue has become a public health crisis with devastating consequences such as overdoses which can result in death and extreme birth defects from misuse of pregnant women.
Symptoms of Overdose
- Increased or decreased body temperature
- Passing out
- Skin color chances (pale if a depressant was used and flushed if a stimulant was used)
- Abnormal breathing
- Fast or slowed pulse
If you witness an overdose please call 911 right away
Improving Help for others?
- Seek treatment and recovery services in your local area
- promote use of overdose-reversing drugs
- help people understand the effects and consequences
- providing support
- Call 211
If you or a loved one are suffering and need help, you are not alone, call 2-1-1 today. Please check out my Public Service Announcement regarding awareness of the Opioid Epidemic.
Author: Tim Misny | For over four decades, personal injury lawyer Tim Misny has represented the injured victim in in birth injury, medical malpractice, and catastrophic injury/wrongful death cases, serving Cleveland, Akron/Canton, Columbus, Dayton and neighboring communities.