Article by Sarah Booth | esPResso Staff Writer
Every day people are making choices; some that are beneficial and some which threaten their lives. Within the United States, drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death and in the past 15 years, the death rate due to opioid overdoses had quadrupled according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. A choice is always made when it comes to using drugs, but for those with an addictive personality they at times feel like there is no choice.
On September 16, 2016, President Obama released an official proclamation declaring the week of September 18 through September 24 as Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week. Obama notes that “During Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, we pause to remember all those we have lost to opioid use disorder, we stand with the courageous individuals in recovery, and we recognize the importance of raising awareness of this epidemic.” Additionally, President Obama seeks to call upon congress to provide $1.1 billion to advance treatment services and centers for those with an opioid use disorder.
President Obama only has a few more months left in office and by the looks of it, is truly trying to make a lasting impact while he can. He states, “Let us ensure everyone with an opioid use disorder can embark on the road to recovery, and together, let us begin to turn the tide of this epidemic.”
” I call upon all Americans to observe this week with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities that raise awareness about the prescription opioid and heroin epidemic.”
If you or someone you know struggles with this or a similar type of addiction, or if you would like to know more, please see the Opioid Fact Sheet provided by the Obama Administration.