5.5 million people in the US are currently addicted to opioids.
Every American has been touched by addiction in some way, whether it was an addicted parent or child or in the form of higher health costs, insurance, or taxes. Addiction costs this country in excess of $400 billion a year in lost productivity, healthcare, law enforcement, prison, etc.
This country has been fighting drugs for over 100 years. Drugs such as cocaine and opium have been used as early as 3000-4000 B.C. In 1890 the US Congress passed its first legislation on narcotics by imposing a tax on morphine and opium. Despite over 100 years of diligent law enforcement and legislative deterrents, addiction to opium-derived drugs (opioids) is still common. In fact, a recent household survey concluded that 5.5 million people in the US are currently addicted to opioids. See opioid law timeline.
To suppress the debilitating symptoms of cravings and withdrawal, enabling the patient to engage in therapy, counseling and support, so they can implement positive long-term changes in their lives which develops into the new healthy patterns of behavior necessary to achieve sustained addiction remission. - explain -