Putting the Opioid Crisis into Perspective
The opioid epidemic has inflicted great pain and tragedy across America, and it is now indelibly etched in our collective public consciousness. The connection between prescription opioid misuse and heroin addiction has been well publicized. Statistics are useful in telling a story, but substance abuse is complex and doesn’t exist in a neat little package. Addictions tend to occur together – or like prescription drugs and heroin, a domino effect takes place. For example, people with sex addiction often drink alcohol excessively to deal with unbearable shame. Individuals with anxiety disorder may start smoking marijuana to cope with severe emotional turmoil. Looking at drug abuse in a different context provides new insights on the powerful, chronic impact of addiction.
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