The buzz words on everyone’s lips are opioid crisis. The theme is universal, everyday thousands of people die from drug overdoses.   While heroin has been the drug of choice for much of the last decade, fentanyl is quickly taking the number one spot on the list of most deadly opioids.  According to the US Centers for Disease Control, last year over 45,000 Americans died of opioid overdoses.  Unfortunately, this statistic is growing as opioids are becoming more prevalent throughout our society.  How do we fight this epidemic?

As the death toll from opioid overdoses increases, addressing the crisis becomes more urgent.  Every year millions of Americans use opioids to manage pain. … In 2017, healthcare providers across the US wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication—a rate of 66.5 prescriptions per 100 people. The goal is for healthcare providers to find alternative solutions for pain management.  Addiction often begins with a legitimate prescription for pain but the patient can quickly become addicted.  When the prescription runs out, they often turn to other drugs like fentanyl and heroin to give them the same type of sensation as their prescription provided.

What can we do about it?  Across the county, state and local governments are investing in programs that provide help for those who are suffering from addiction.  More importantly, financial resources are being devoted to help prevent opioid addiction.  The federal government is also devoting resources to help solve this public health crisis.  The US Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with The National Institutes of Health to work on finding a solution to one of the most pressing epidemics in our country’s history.  They include:  improving access to treatment and recovery centers, promoting use of overdose-reversing drugs, strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance, providing support for cutting-edge research on pain and addiction, and advancing better practices for pain management.

For InXite Health Systems, the opioid crisis is forefront.  We want to help be the answer to the opioid fight.  As part of our Get Involved Campaign, we are constantly looking for resources, education, and support for those suffering from addiction.   Please make sure you go to our website, and find the tools that can help you and those you love fight the opioid crisis.  You will be glad you did!