As you likely have heard in the news, America is officially experiencing an opioid epidemic. An exponential increase of prescription drug-related deaths has unfolded over the past decade, with tragedies that have infiltrated even the smallest rural American communities, involving adolescents and adults alike. Since 1999, prescription opioid drug sales and deaths have quadrupled, killing 165,000 people and counting.
Oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others are stupefyingly potent pain-relieving drugs that, when administered carefully for short durations, have a warranted use under dire circumstances. However, they pose a serious threat to public health due to their highly addictive and deadly qualities, and often lead users to turn to heroin which is easier to procure when prescriptions run out, despite its illegal status.. All too often, people in pain visit their medical doctors seeking help, and walk away with a prescription poison that is intended to reduce pain, while giving rise to more health problems dubbed "side effects" and never fixing the problem that caused the pain in the first place.