Drug overdose levels in the U.S. are reaching alarming numbers. The problem has recently been highlighted by media outlets because drug overdoses levels, combined with suicide rates, have caused the U.S. life expectancy to drop for the second year in a row1.

The drug culprit is opioid addiction. As well as ruining lives, opioids are sending the American public to the grave faster than any other drug. How bad is it? Well according to Politico, “More than 70,000 people died of a drug overdose in 2017, the highest number on record and 9.6 percent more than the previous year, according to the final mortality data.”2

Younger generations are being affected the most and are at higher risks for addition, overdose, and suicide. The increasing drug overdose levels in the U.S. are directly related to the overdose levels of millennials and Gen Z.

Opioid detox is dangerous and difficult to manage for those without the help from professionals at a drug detox treatment center. Many people who do not find professional help die from opioid detox related complications3.

How do we fix this? We need to talk about addition. Mental health has never been a major part of the political discussion and that is something that will have to change in the coming years. Doctors are recommending a dual approach to decrease drug overdose levels in the U.S. and improve overall health.

Progress in mental health industry will prevent drug addictions and suicides and cardiovascular education will make us more physically healthy. And we have the system in place to make these changes. The United States is a global leader in so many categories. This should not be happening to us, and it’s time we took notice of our younger generations. If not, we may be in more trouble than ever.


[1]: CNN – US life expectancy drops for second year in a row

[2]: Politico – Drug overdoses and suicides fuel drop in U.S. life expectancy

[3]: National Drug & Alcohol Research Centre – Yes, people can die from opiate withdrawal

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