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Opioid Abuse - Joining the Fight Against This Epidemic

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Opioid Abuse - Joining the Fight Against This Epidemic

In the late 90's the medical community was duped by pharmaceutical companies looking to sell their opioid pain medications. These companies assured the community that these types of pain medications posed a very low risk of addiction. Consequently, many doctors began to prescribe these medications to more and more patients, secure in the false knowledge that the drugs would effectively treat their patients' pain without causing addiction. 

This was, of course, false, and the misuse of these drugs and subsequent opioid abuse rates began to rise dramatically. It quickly became apparent that these drugs were highly addictive.

Opioid Abuse Statistics

Today, opioid abuse is more prevalent than ever. The abuse of these drugs has become so problematic that new standards have been put in place in an attempt to curb the widespread abuse of these pain medications. Take a look at these statistics:

  • About 21% to 29% of patients who have been prescribed opioids misuse them.
  • Between 8% and 12% of patients become addicted.
  • An estimated 6% of opioid abusers will transition to heroin.
  • Around 80% of heroin addicts started out on opioids.
  • Between July 2016 and September 2017, opioid overdoses increased by a whopping 30%. 
  • In the midwest, opioid overdoses increased at an even more alarming rate in that same period - 70%

RIZE Massachusettes is Fighting Opioid Abuse

One of the states hit hardest by the opioid epidemic has been Massachusetts. Since 2013, the state has seen a sharp increase of 60% in opioid overdose deaths. It has become such a huge problem that one organization has stepped forward to help spearhead the fight against opioid abuse.

RIZE Massachusetts is a state-wide, private sector initiative created to help in the fight against the opioid epidemic currently sweeping through the state. Their goal is to build a $50 million fund with a focus on bringing real, lasting change to those in the state struggling with opioid abuse. 

By working to provide a full range of substance abuse resources and programs, RIZE aims to prevent, treat, and aid in long-term recovery from opioids. 

Eighto2 Shop is Joining the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

Opioid abuse is a terrible thing, and it affects the lives of families in every social and financial circle. The opioid crisis isn't limited in scope. That's why Eighto2 Shop is joining the fight against opioid abuse.

All proceeds from select items from the website's sales will go directly to RIZE Massachusetts to help combat the growing opioid epidemic. Our hope is that we can contribute to this wonderful website and do our part to help fight this growing crisis. It's more important than ever to join in the battle against opioids and help addicts and families take back their lives. 

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