Opioid epidemic fueled by untreated depression
Opioid abuse is on the rise and mortality rates have almost quadrupled since 1999. But why? Many Americans are unfortunately turning to opioids to remedy what may be depression. According to drugabuse.gov “Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as pain relievers available legally by prescription, such as oxycodone (OxyContin®), hydrocodone (Vicodin®), codeine, morphine, and many others.” In particular, “Adolescents with depression were also more likely, in one study, to use prescription painkillers for non-medical reasons and to become addicted.” Read more about recent opioid abuse research here.
If you or someone you know may be struggling with depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. We are available 24/7/365 to provide support and resources to help you. Please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or chat online here.