With the Ebola disease spreading, there has been much news coverage about taking control of the situation. Meanwhile, other diseases like addiction have taken the back burner while statistics provide concrete evidence towards how severe a state of a public health crisis the nation is truly in. Did you know that there were an estimated 42,000 drug overdose deaths in 2012? There is an unbalanced amount of concern and preventative measures being used to address the issues at hand, as well.
Understanding Ebola Disease and Addiction
Most recently hitting news headlines this past March for spreading in Africa, the Ebola disease has tragically claimed the lives of over 4,500 people. While a few cases were confirmed in the United States following the major outbreak, the President of the United States saw the disease as such an issue that he felt it should be watched closely so that it can be properly monitored. Therefore he immediately designated a team specifically tasked with responding to the Ebola disease in the event that the disease may spread severely or rapidly. The matter absolutely should be taken seriously seeing as it does impact the lives of others and now the nation as a whole. Ebola is a terrifying, deadly disease that needs to be viewed carefully so that spread does not continue, and harm remains as minimal as possible with the ultimate goal being it is diminished entirely. However, when the numbers are looked and the amount of people in the nation who are actually affected by the Ebola disease, compared with the lives that have been lost to drug overdose deaths, it can be argued that addiction is a disease posing a risk that deserves far more attention than it is getting. Although efforts have been taken to tackle and address the substance use disorder dilemma in our nation, there needs to be more action in putting these changes into effect. In no way does this mean that the dangers of the Ebola disease are any less significant, but the amount of support and awareness put toward the disease highlights how much effort should go into educating our nation on addiction, a disease that affects a significant amount of people’s lives on a regular basis and has been for decades upon decades. The stigma behind addiction has remained mainly because people refuse to see it as the chronic brain illness that it truly is and it needs to be viewed accurately so proper treatment can be put into effect for the individuals suffering from the sickness.
Lack of Drug Prevention
Since 1992, the amount of overdose due to drug use has only continued to rise. With that, there has been a 117% increase in drug overdoses from 1999 to 2012. A huge aspect that impacts the rise shown in these recent drug use statistics is that there is a lack of drug prevention particularly in the younger community and schools. Why aren’t children being taught the dangers and risks that drugs pose in schools any longer? Is the country not in the midst of a severe substance abuse (particularly heroin) epidemic? With more focus brought to educating youth and at least making them aware of what could happen if they experiment by putting hazardous substances into their bodies, a preventative measure is taken and knowledge on the disease of addiction is planted as the first seed of awareness.
The Ebola disease has affected the United States and impacted the world because it is a disease that is killing people. Couldn’t you say the same for the disease of addiction? Addiction is taking the lives of people regularly with 114 people dying from drug overdoses every single day and 6,748 others left to be treated in the emergency room. It is time to focus on the disease with skyrocketing amounts of people affected because addiction has reached the point of a public health crisis not just in the nation but world-wide.
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