Drug overdose is now the main cause of death for Americans under the age of 50, they are more likely to die from a drug overdose than a car accident or gun.
More than 70,000 people died from overdoses last year as opioids and illegal fentanyl – which is up to 50 times stronger than heroin – unleashed the worst public health crisis in American history.
Two years ago, BBC News reported on the growing problem of opioid addiction in the US, now we return to find out what happened to the people we met along our journey down the notorious I-95, the interstate that runs from Florida to Maine, and to see what has become of their struggle against addiction.
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Escribo en español porque soy latinoamericana...bueno yo opino que este es un problema a nivel mundial la gente se vuelve adicta porque es una manera de suicidarse ..el mundo esta lleno de prejuicios y indiferencia...nadie te llama ni te busca nadie te dice que te ama si no hay dinero o algun interes de por medio vivimos en un mundo material lleno de odio y resentimientos ...si hubiera ese amor que todos necesitamos ya no exisitirian los suicidas los adictos los vendedores de drogas las prostitutas las.mafias ...
Good people get addicted. Usually starts through a doctor. A major injury or something. It happened to me, I was a leader in the community and went to living on the streets. All I wanted was my life back from the minute I figured out I was addicted. Unless you been on opiates you don't understand the physical pain, not sleeping, wanting death hoping it's better than the withdrawals. Losing all sense of self. It's like becoming a vampire, without the lifeblood your in a physical state worse than death. Since clean I've broken my back, burnt a finger to to where the bone was exsposed. The pain from those injuries failed in comparison. You can't imagine the pain and suffering. There are no words for it. It's almost super natural. No matter how a person gets addicted it's the same. I never imagined I'd pull my life together at the height of my addiction. I'm making well over six figures. Suboxone saved my life.
What better way for the communist Democrat's and Soros who thinks he's a God to depopulate the earth for their New World Order than with Fentanyl. They only want 500 million people left for their slaves. They've been working with the Mexican Cartel since Obama got in office.
This is very sad ! There is no future in this but jail or death ! Big pharm did a great job getting everyone hooked ! And then just leaving them in the streets for the dealers to prey on ! This is what America does to its forgotten ! Its all over ! working just as the government planned RIP !
My mom's in the other room with my child and,
and I just kind of nodded off and I felt OK for a little bit.
And my mom's voice got distant and then everything went black.
And I had the baby in my arms and I go into the bathroom
and she is passed out, gurgling and drooling from the mouth,
leaning against the wall, sitting on the toilet.
BLAME OURSELVES !!! WHO MADE THIS DRUG? IT WAS MAD IN A LAB!! WHO THOUGHT WE NEED SOMETHING at least 50 times stronger than heroin ...I've had my battles with that mother fucker...my best friend od and died Feb7th 2010
The source of all of this the BIG PHARMAS it's important to understand that an opiate/opioid addiction was first brought by those compagnies and the doctor's office where you are prescriebed the drug .. for 5 months I used Percocet which contains Acetaminophen and the Opioid Oxycodone in it and I was getting it from my dentist .. Now knowing how it is to get high on this stuff I understand how it leads to addiction and heroin which is now often laced with Fentanyl .. Sad sad world ..
Cynthia Harris exactly and they can’t use the it’s a sickness excuse I know close friends that have battled heroin and they are all like “it’s our actions we are responsible for them” it is not a disease people just say that but the users feel different, thank you for commenting this, also my mom always tells me she would never do anything to harm me and my sister and she stuck to it always has now she counsels kids with crappy meth parents at a school it’s terrible the things people do.
This isn’t coming with a certain class, race, or any thing else! It’s happening even in the best of families. Keep your eyes open and bend over backwards to help your friends and family off this shit or lose them just like I did my father and just recently my brother. It starts usually with prescription meds.
I almost lost my life to addiction before I met my husband and had my son, that I opened my eyes. I have lost so many people, one recently last month...it's honestly more then I can count on 2 hands. I live in NJ by Camden, look up the death rate and what kind of area that is. I lived on the streets there for almost a year. It's awful and tragic.
I hate that you say OPIOIDS, I am chronically ill and have to take opioids to live each day worth the day. I am tired of the doctor's not giving pains killers for chronic pain patients . I have to pay for the addicts. I told you below that my daughter died from fentanyl but I don't take meds like that. I take them to function each day and have taken them for 20 years. I have had no record of using them out of control. Look at my record, and it is not abused. What about people like me and so many others with debilitating pain every fucking day. I can't work, and the social security have denied me twice, and I am going for a third time. I am going to raise my daughter's two sons and I have to function to take great care of them. They are getting raised Christian and will never see a public indoctrinated school. I have to have my medication because over the counter is bad for my liver. I have been there. I have quit every drug (Pain) and I don't have withdraw. I am taking something now that I will not mention but it helps my pain and my pain level is about a 4 and I can function. The doctor's and nurses are disgusting these days. I had a two hour panic attack about a month ago and then I had something weird happen to my legs where I kept collapsing and the doctor's can't figure it out. I know what medicine that works but they don't want to give it to me because of the abusers and I had a gran mal seizure in May of last year and I still haven't gotten any help with meds for it as of yet. They want to give me this Lamectal or something like that which is like Depakote. NO WAY, been there, and will not take any ANTI DEPRESSANTS EVER> They re highly addictive and they are chemical lobotomies. I just want regular phenobarbital. I had this seizure nd I had my ex husband called the ambulance because I thought I was going to die. THe police showed up with fire and EMS and the cops said to my ex husband that if I am Overdosing, I am GOING TO JAIL. The EMS man checked me out and told the dickhead cop that this woman is NO Overdosing but was having tremor's or a seizure. My husband was pissed the pig would say such a thing. I know there are many people who overdose in Sumpter TWNSHP but not me. I dislike the corporate, socialist medical complex. They are all women PA's and NP's females. I hate female medical careworkers. They are all have suspicions that EVERYONE IS ON DRUGS AND ADDICTS. THey are addicts but are quiet about it. Read about these bitches. NURSES ARE NAZI's. They are hypocrites and there are more addicts in the hospital and are worse that street addicts. They are keep it quiet, sent them to rehab after stealing patient drugs and shoot that up and go to work HIGH. SO quit talking about the addict on the street. The nurses are driving high too. Doctor's too. I know for a fact about these people. HEROIN and COCAINE they take to.
I understand the people not wanting to go to hospital. I live in Australia, but it's like super expensive even as an inpatient for one night there right? Most of these people wouldn't be able to afford it/have insurance etc
Fentanyl is garbage.its fast acting and has almost no euphoria.it just makes ya fucked up feeling and gives a nasty nod along with that whack ass chemical smell it gives ya when you sweat.
Heroin is far better imo.i feel bad these folks are so addicted they don't have the will power to quit using opiates/opioids for the simple fact that they don't like the content and quality of the opiates/opioids.i know this is a massive incentive for myself to not use.
I sincerely believe that The United States; as well as every other nation- should
decriminalize all drug use. This: "War On Drugs" has never worked and it will
never work. All of the money that goes into Law Enforcement and Prison systems
is a 100% complete waste of resources. People should not go to prison for harming
themselves. Did it look like ANY of those people was having a difficult finding drugs?
Did ANY of them say that sometimes they can't find drugs or that there are shortages
because the "War On Drugs" is stopping the supply??? All of those funds could be
much better spent on helping society in areas like Education and Health Care; where
it WILL make a difference. OR, just keep on doing the same thing that doesn't work
and continue to get the same results. What was the definition of insanity again???
My brother relapsed again. Its his 5th time this time around. He now has married but wouldn't understand. My mom is 50 over and she has taken this trauma all her life. I wonder when he will start thinking about himself and us. He is 31 and we are planning to get him to a treatment centre this week. I never took drugs but i have seen its effects on my family for a good lifetime. Please Don't do drugs. Its of no good.
I don't believe anyone is worth less than ANYone else. Everybody deserves compassion and help. Including those who have children. We need to support them by giving them help and putting their child in safe hands until the parent is ready, if ever, to be those safe hands. Everyone is worth saving and I appreciate the men and woman of emergency services who believe and who try to save those who need saving 😇God Bless those Angels
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. (Titus 2:11-12)
Your tax dollars, folks. I feel no remorse for these junkies, BUT for those kids of those junkies. And even then, they carry their DNA. Waste of space - don't anyone tell me that it's circumstantial. No one with a single brain cell would take ANY chemical drugs. Lesson: Weak-ass DNA that is holding us back. We gotta move forward. If it were up to me, I'd establish places for them to take all the fentanyl they desire, let them take it in a controlled, safe environment, and hope to rot them away from our society. ASAP
Trump needs to step up and admit the United States is in a state of emergency! You don't turn a blind eye to people dieing in war,or starving or disease. This shit has to be brung to the light. #AddictsLivesMatter. #BigPharmasFault.
also the crack and herion issues are different at the time crack was americans first drug issue so they didn’t know how to properly deal with it not to mention it was in the 80s not to long after segregation ended
Something that I think would help is for the government to open state funded Methadone/suboxone. Clinics where the patient doesn’t have to pay an arm and a leg for treatment and also making it more widely available to obtain Narcan the antidote to opioid overdose. Another thing that I don’t think they’ll ever do but possibly a center for safe injecting where addicts can go and do their opioids but the center is equipped with Narcan Incase of overdose. Making a ban obviously doesn’t work and cracking down on drs prescribing opioids doesn’t work and only hurts the 20 million chronic pain patients in the US.
they should pass laws so that this drug is not available outside of the hospital. and if they do that in addition to increased efforts in stopping the people who peddle this shit onto our streets... then we won't have so many people dying from ODs. if they thought the death toll in 2017, the toll may have doubled throughout the entire year of 2018. AND I HAVE A BAD FEELING IT'S ONLY GOING TO GET WORSE
+bobby bagley oh yeah then why do people get it as a prescription in the form of a patch or pill? the goal would be to tell china to stop exporting fentanyl to any country especially through mexico or anywhere else. or just telling china to stop manufacturing the stuff period
Folk do not realise you can detox by changing your addiction substances... *Strange as it may seem,* however one can slowly exchange *opiate addiction for steroid addictions.*
Steroid addiction will give you the *extra time* to professional/properly withdraw from such large doses of
The Euphoria can be derived by maintenance via steroid
Use, less opiate and natural enzymes the body releases for coping.
I'm a paraplegic my name is Mase i got shot in my L1 and L2 and the nerve damage is so bad at some points and ppl that legit have pain problems are in the circle of this but i understand why we need to pull togeather America 🇺🇸
I understand I wish I could run a house to teach people how to live again cuz they put you in a programs and teach you how to get off of drugs then they put you back out there in that world some people strong enough some people are not but you do have to learn how to live all over again and I think that's the hardest part
Ah pain killers, mercias favorite drug. Even their old people are addicted to prescription grades in which they are not accounted for.. Darwins way of sorting out people. Either that or you die of boredom or troll deaths(suicides) due to social media which is more common now for youths. Parts of europe/scand/asian where its more modern with education/quality of life without religion, suicide rates are high, while CRIME/rape/violence/etc Is very low vs low educated/religious countries like USA where rates are much higher; hence why you see overdoses, crimes, gangs, and such; drug addicts are treated much in worse in the USA even with religion which is suppose to help them lol.
Poor Anna lost soul if she loose her piece of shit boyfriend she can be ok he pimp's her uses her gets her high damn only 23 she looks older she be rotting her feet lower leg maybe she needs to get locked up
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