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Americans Consume More Opioids Per Person Than Any Other Country

Americans Consume More Opioids Per Person Than Any Other Country | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

America has about 4 percent of the world’s population — but about 27 percent of the world’s drug overdose deaths.

 

That’s one of the startling conclusions from a recent report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

 

The US has always been ahead of much of the world in drug overdose deaths — for a variety of reasons. For one, Americans are relatively wealthy, so they can afford to buy drugs. But there also appear to be cultural and socioeconomic factors at play, driving a broader increase in “deaths of despair” — such as suicides, alcohol, and drug overdose deaths — in recent years. (If you ask experts what these factors could be, you can expect them to name, well, basically everything — a weak social safety net in the US compared with other developed countries, poor access to health care in general, subpar mental health care and addiction services, manufacturing jobs moving out of the country, cuts to local government services like parks and recreation, individuals losing a sense of spiritual or existential meaning, and so on.)

 

But recently, America has gotten much worse due to its massive opioid epidemic, which has contributed to a huge spike in drug overdose deaths over the past couple of decades. In 1999, fewer than 17,000 people died from drug overdoses. In 2015, that grew to more than 52,000.

 

This is, for now, largely an American problem. After pharmaceutical companies heavily marketed their opioids in the US, and doctors followed through with massive numbers of prescriptions, America became the world’s leader in consuming opioids — with UN data putting the US at the top of opioid consumption. (Notably, other developed countries have tighter restrictions on pharmaceutical marketing than the US does.)

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Aimee Washington's curator insight, July 8, 2:28 PM
Lopez, German. “America Leads the World in Drug Overdose Deaths - by a Lot.” Vox, Vox, 28 June 2017, www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/28/15881246/drug-overdose-deaths-world.

The diagram shows that 52, 400 Americans died in 2015 due to drug-related deaths. The US had more deaths to to drugs than all other continents. The other diagram shows that the US exceeds most countries in opioid doses for every one million people. This issue is bigger than the normal American can see. Doctors are giving opioids to patients to treat pain, but they are giving more than the patient needs due to the patient saying they need more. More Americans died in 2015 from opioid overdose than they did when the AIDS/HIV epidemic hit its peak in 1995. This is not about the man made illegal drugs. This started with legal drugs being prescribed by a family doctor that wanted to help their patient. Unfortunately, helping their patient has now lead to an opioid crisis. The crisis has lead law enforcement to threaten doctors license to get them to crack down on patients and no longer give extended prescriptions to patients. Insurance companies have also stopped covering medications over a seven say period. The author used facts to justify his work.  This article is intended for the general public. The graph and the article show the public that the US is the leading country for opioid use.
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Death Rate from Drug Overdose Continues to Rise

Death Rate from Drug Overdose Continues to Rise | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

The crude death rate for drug overdose for the 12-month period ending with the second quarter of 2015 was 15.3 deaths per 100,000 population, higher than the death rate of 14.2 for the same period of 2014. The age-adjusted death rate was also higher in 2015 than in 2014 for the comparable periods (15.2 and 14.1, respectively).


In 2015, the crude death rate for drug overdose was 16.2 deaths per 100,000 population for the first quarter and 15.5 for the second quarter.  The crude death rates for drug overdose for the first two quarters were higher in 2015 than in 2014 (15.3 and 14.4, respectively). The age-adjusted death rate for drug overdose was 16.1 for the first quarter of 2015 and 15.5 for the second quarter. These rates are higher than the age-adjusted rates for the first two quarters in 2014 (15.3 and 14.3, respectively).

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