Most narcotics and non-synthetic drugs have medicinal values that have helped in treating various conditions in medical practice. Opium is a typical plant that has proved remarkable medicinal values. Opium extracts (opioids) are the most effective analgesics available for tackling pains. Unfortunately, while healthcare and pharmaceuticals exploited the health benefits of the substance, its dirty aspect (addiction) unveiled. As people developed dependence, the pharmaceutical players involved in opioids production increased quantities and enticed medical practitioners to increase prescriptions for the opioid-based painkillers. Consequently, the addiction grew, and healed patients continued the use that has led to widespread overdose and deaths. Currently, the opioid epidemic is a critical healthcare event in America. While the opioid epidemic is a global problem, exploring the subject with a focus on the United States (U.S) provides a clear understanding of the phenomenon. Understanding the opioid epidemics requires covering topics like history, causes, impacts, prevention, and risk factors. A short review of the global status of the pandemic helps diversify the coverage of the epidemic past the U.S.
Year Manuscript Completed
Senior Project Advisor
Dr. Scott M. Douglas
Bachelor of Integrated Studies Degree
Field of Study
Ford, Amy, "Opioid Epidemic" (2019). Integrated Studies. 242.