Addictions & CBD

In a recent press conference, President Trump publicly declared that the US federal government will be backing the fight against the deepening opioid crisis by declaring it a national emergency. 

By far, this is the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history. Overdoses are common and lethal with this class of drugs which includes opium, codeine, fentanyl, heroin, hydrocodone, hydromorphone, methadone, morphine, oxycodone, oxymorphone, paregoric, sufentanil, and tramadol.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, overall drug overdose deaths, largely as a result of opioids, reached a new record high — surpassing deaths from guns that year. Things got worse in 2016 as drug overdoses killed more Americans than the entire wars in Vietnam and Iraq, based on a New York Times analysis of state data.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS):

  • More people died from drug overdoses in 2014 than in any year on record, and the majority of drug overdose deaths (more than six out of ten) involved an opioid.

  • Since 1999, the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids—including prescription opioid pain relievers and heroin—nearly quadrupled, and over 165,000 people have died from prescription opioid overdoses.

  • Prescription pain medication deaths remain far too high, and in 2014, the most recent year on record, there was a sharp increase in heroin-involved deaths and an increase in deaths involving synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.

In fact, on an average day in the U.S., there are more than 650,000 opioid prescriptions dispensed and there are 3,900 people who initiate nonmedical use of prescription opioids. Of those 3,900, 580 people initiate heroin use and 78 people die from opioid-related overdoses every day.

 

The Nicotine Problem

Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the U.S. It causes colorectal cancer, liver cancer, adverse health outcomes in cancer patients and survivors, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, orofacial clefts in infants, ectopic pregnancy, rheumatoid arthritis, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for stroke, tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. It is a known cause of erectile dysfunction in males as well.