The opioid epidemic, a global health crisis, has wrought profound devastation, claiming countless lives and straining communities with its far-reaching consequences.

In 2017, a public health emergency was declared due to the opioid drug epidemic.

The pharmaceutical companies convinced doctors that opioid pain relievers were not addictive for twenty years, and they began to overprescribe them with little oversight.

It was too late by the time science caught up and recognized how addictive and destructive they were. Millions of people have been adversely affected by the opioid epidemic, and the pharmaceutical companies have shouldered most of the blame. Not only were the abusers of opioids the victims of the drug companies’ unchecked greed, but just like with the crack epidemic, newborn babies of addicts experienced withdrawal symptoms due to extensive opioid use during their mothers’ pregnancies. There were 42,000 deaths due to opioid overdoses in 2016. That was more than any of the previous years on record. In 2019, almost 50,000 people died from opioid overdoses. There is a long way to go before this opioid epidemic is over. However, help is available at Paramount Recovery Centers. Our opioid addiction treatment program helps people to begin and then maintain recovery. If you or someone you care about is stuck in the endless cycle of opioid addiction, reach out to our Paramount Recovery Centers team today by completing our online form.

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