Many experts have described the drug addiction crisis in America as an "epidemic." And despite efforts to prevent addiction and overdoses, it appears things are not getting any better. In fact, according to a new report, things may be worse than ever.
The National Center for Health Statistics reported that drug overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2016 are expected to be higher than the number of deaths in the first nine months of 2015. 2015 was already the highest amount of drug overdose deaths in U.S. history with more than 52,000, meaning that will be two straight years in which America set that record.
Of the 52,000 drug overdose deaths in 2015, about 33,000 were attributed to opioids. Of course, most people visiting this site know that marijuana is a far safer alternative to opioids (0 overdoses), and yet the stigma surrounding the drug, as well as the federal government's insistence on keeping it illegal, have prevented many people from ditching their more dangerous but legal pain treatments.
President Trump has spoken out about the opioid crisis in America and vowed to find a way to stop it. However, his "solution" so far seems to be along the same path as the "Just Say No" campaigns that have done very little to curb America's drug addiction.
Perhaps as more reports and stories like this become public, the American people will realize (even more than they already do) how ridiculous our nation's drug laws truly are.