Trends of Opioid Overdoses and Overdose Deaths over the past 10 years in the United States

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Trends of Opioid Overdoses and Overdose Deaths Student’s Name Institutional Affiliation Trends of Opioid Overdoses and Overdose Deaths over the past 10 years in the United States Abstract Recent research has revealed an increase in opioid overdoses and deaths related to the same, making this a serious public health problem in the United States. The rates in the mortality and morbidity related to these drugs have been on the increase in the last two decades. The effects of the problem are major, including emergency cases and deaths of the affected persons. The trend highlights the need for policy actions and interventions to prevent the overdoses and related deaths. Prevention is the most effective intervention as it will address the problem before it occurs. There are intervention policies that are in place at the local, state and federal levels, although they have not been effective in reversing the trend. Thus, it is important for more effective actions, which are based on an understanding of the factors relating to the problem. This paper will seek to review these factors and identify effective solutions for current problems and possible future issues as well. Introduction Among the primary public health problems in the United States is the epidemic of opioid overdoses and overdose deaths. There is a remarkable rise in the number of drugs being prescribed that have the capability of being habitually used and also addictive and also an increase in the abuse of prescription drugs by the public (Cheatle, 2015). Besides the prescribers who prescribe the drugs that tend to be abused, abuse by the people suggests consumption of drugs in a higher amount than

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