Opioid Addiction

A guy comes back from Afghanistan who’s suffering from serious back pain. He mentions this to the doc, who prescribes hydrocodone, and for the first time in a very long time he’s totally pain free. Even his mood is better! No longer does his wife seem nagging or his kids annoying. This pill makes him feel amazing. Literally, it makes everything wonderful.

Then the prescription runs out.

The pain comes back. He’s pissed off and depressed about everything now. He needs more of those pills, so he looks into getting some through other means. He finds a seller and though they are crazy expensive, he knows it will be worth it.

These pills however, are made of fentanyl and heroin – a dangerous combination created in shady, secret labs and 50-100 times more potent than morphine[1]. In short time he depletes the family savings, loses his job, wife and kids leave, house foreclosed, and he sells the truck he’s living in for more pills.

This is the tragic, yet not uncommon story of, tens of thousands of average men per year[2]!

It doesn’t just happen to “other” people; it’s happening all around us. Recognize it. Fight it!

 


[1] https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

 

[2] https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-veterans-opioids/opioid-abuse-crisis-takes-heavy-toll-on-u-s-veterans-idUSKBN1DA1B2