Helping Affected Groups Fight the Opioid Epidemic
Millions of Americans have been hurt by dangerous highly addictive prescription opioids. The Bramzon Law Firm PLLC expert legal team is fighting for justice on behalf of individuals, municipalities, Native American tribes, and other minority groups. Contact us today, we can help.
The Opioid Epidemic is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives.
The opioid epidemic is not like other drug fads, which are primarily limited to the young. Here is a chart from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality that explains in detail who this epidemic is affecting. Take a look at the ER visits among the young (purple line). This are much higher than among senior citizens (light blue line), but both are skyrocketing at about equal rates! Among the young, emergency room visits have increased 109 percent since 2005. Among senior citizens, visits have increased 112 percent. This is an equal opportunity destroyer of lives, possibly because it’s our first-ever drug epidemic with corporate backing and big marketing budgets. We can help, contact us today.
Native American Tribes
Native American tribes across America have been affected the hardest of any group with some Nowhere has the country’s opioid crisis hit harder than in Indian Country. Compared with other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., American Indians have the highest rate of drug-induced deaths in the country. The use of OxyContin by American Indian high-schoolers is double the national average. disproportionately negative by the opioid crisis, with some estimates that are very alarming.
Cities and Municipalities
Officials in Montgomery County, Ohio, blame America’s opioid crisis for an ignoble title: the overdose capital of America. “We’re on a pace to have 800 people die this year due to overdose in our county,” Sheriff Phil Plummer told NBC News. “Per capita, we’re Number 1 in the nation in overdose deaths.” Overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 — they now claim more lives than car crashes, gun deaths and the AIDS virus did at their peaks.
Our widespread abuse of prescription painkillers has led thousands of Americans who never would have used heroin to become addicted to the narcotic. Not all painkiller addicts go on to use heroin, but studies show a significant amount of new heroin users have previously abused prescription opioids. Individuals addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to become addicted to heroin. We call it the opioid epidemic, instead of the OxyContin epidemic, because this scourge goes beyond prescription pills.
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