BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Illegal drugs have always been a problem for the United States. According to a new study, most overdose deaths are caused by them than those caused by an opioid prescription. The study was made by researchers from the state Department of Public Health, who wanted to find out how much opioid-related deaths increased in the last years.
They discovered that they have increased by 250 percent from 2000 to present. Only a few of those who died due to overdose had a prescription for the drugs. Most of them died because of illegal drugs, such as heroin. Those who overdosed on opioids were also using other drugs and cocaine was found in 30 percent of people who are addicted to heroin. Researchers said that using two or more illegal drugs at the same time can be very harmful to your brain health.
One of the biggest issues regarding this matter is what happens with people released from prison. The study shows they are 56 times more likely to die from an overdose. When they are having a hard time and the first month after release proves if they are able to have a normal life. Even though there were prison inmates who received the treatment, there was no big difference between them and those who did not receive it. The authorities should focus on finding opportunities for them or there will be more over drugs deaths that we could think.
It is hard to know that illegal drugs are killing so many people. Unfortunately, most of them do not realize until it is too late. They just want to forget about their problems and begin to use heroin or other drugs that will destroy their lives. They do not know when to stop and this leads to an overdose death.
There are also many doctors who write opioid prescriptions too fast and too many people can use them. However, the real problem is still on the streets. What happens will all those illegal drugs which can be bought by anyone who has the money? Even though the authorities tried to protect citizens from them, it seems that the overdose deaths number is rising. Some changes need to be done in the future, or the number will rise even more. There are millions of people who die due to illegal drugs every year.
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