What affects do opioids have on the community?
Opioids affect the community because each year our community loses so many lives due to opioid deaths and overdoses. When people lose their life to opioids the community has to pay for it. In the last 15 years opioid overdoses have claimed 300,000 lives; 33,000 in 2015 alone (Anthony). This happens when people have been taking the same medication so often extended periods of time; however, in certain cases just a matter of days. When an individual dies from an overdose, people don't know and understand their lifestyle as well as what they have been through. More and more lately you see children losing their parents to opioids, and having to be put in some occasions foster homes that the community needs to fund. The number of people losing their lives is only drastically increasing and because of this solutions are being proposed. If this trend continues, it’s inevitable that the negative effects of opioid abuse with continue to grow and affect the community. One way approach to slowing down how many opioids is prescribed to patients was issued in March 2016, when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines for prescribing opioids for chronic pain (Meldrum). Communities have high hopes that when changes are made this epidemic will decrease. Although, it is not promised. Taxpayers are paying significantly more than before because now they are paying for lost productivity, health care costs, criminal justice costs, and lost labor. These increases in cost do not just affect one group of people, everyone who makes money gets taxes taken out to support these funds. If this trend continues, the cost that taxpayers will need to pay will only increase because the amount of people using opioids has only gone up and will continue to. Not only is the community affected by these funds but so is everyone around the world because people under the influence can create a danger to society through their actions.
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