Trying to figure understand how some many people through legal means got addicted to opioids and why it had a greater impact on
In the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies reassured the medical community that patients would not become addicted to prescription opioid pain relievers, and healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
This subsequently led to widespread diversion and misuse of these medications before it became clear that these medications could indeed be highly addictive.3,4 Opioid overdose rates began to increase. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans died as a result of an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and illicitly manufactured fentanyl, a powerful synthetic opioid.1 That same year, an estimated 1.7 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, and 652,000 suffered from a heroin use disorder
While affecting people across race and ethnicity, the opioid crisis gripping the nation has been concentrated largely among low-income whites, and has been labeled a problem primarily of public health, not of criminal justice. The epidemic is thought to have been touched off by a combination of social factors – including trauma, poverty and a lack of economic opportunity – and the widespread availability of prescription opioids beginning in the 1990s.
“The prescription drug crisis should really be thought of as a double-sided epidemic,” says Joseph Friedman, the study’s lead author and a medical student at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. “Essentially, the systematic racism within the health care system has led to increased addiction and overdoses in low-income white areas, but also, (to) insufficient treatment among communities of color.”https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest- ... y-suggests
Some states are suing the opioids manufacturers, but reads like some deep rooted cultural issues.