When methadones are a solution, the opioid crisis is an opioid crisis
The opioid crisis has been a constant threat to the lives of countless Americans, but now that the drug is legal, it has become a solution.
And it’s not clear that it’s the best solution, according to the latest report from the National Institutes of Health.
The report found that for the first time since the opioid epidemic hit the U.S. in the 1980s, the number of Americans using opioids more than doubled between 2012 and 2017.
It’s a sharp reversal from the nearly 20 percent decline that occurred between 2007 and 2009.
And it is a significant shift from previous years.
Since 2010, opioid overdose deaths have decreased by less than 1 percent, and deaths from overdose increased by nearly 40 percent.
However, the decline in overdose deaths was even more dramatic for non-medical use, with the opioid overdose death rate dropping by over 70 percent over the same time period.
The CDC’s most recent analysis of the opioid abuse crisis found that more than 2 million Americans died of opioid-related overdoses in 2017 alone.
That’s an estimated 40,000 more people than died of alcohol-related deaths in 2017.
And while opioid overdose rates have been declining since 2014, it’s unclear if this is an actual decline in deaths or a temporary effect of the new regulations that took effect in March 2018.
In the first year of the restrictions, the rate of non- medical use of opioids dropped by nearly 25 percent.
However, the overall increase in the number and frequency of opioid prescriptions has continued to climb, with nearly 10 percent of all Americans over the age of 18 having prescriptions for opioids at some point during their lifetime.
In addition, there have been several reports of patients who have died after overdosing on opioids.
For example, in 2017, the CDC reported that one person died in the United States from an opioid overdose after taking OxyContin, which is a prescription painkiller.
In other words, we’re seeing a clear trend that the current system is not working, but the regulations are doing more harm than good, according a senior CDC official.
And this could be a turning point in the opioid-drug epidemic.
As more people start to switch to non-medicinal opioids, the trend is likely to continue.