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Opioids have a massive impact on brain chemistry and can quickly lead to dependence. As early as the 1920s, the problem of opioid addiction was well known, but this epidemic became especially relevant starting in the late 1990s. More than two decades later, opioid deaths have exceeded half a million overdose deaths in the United States.

In 1995, OxyContin was created in Purdeu’s laboratories, a miracle drug according to its greedy inventors. Everyone believed that it would be an analgesic that would be able to take away pain and, at the same time, would not cause addiction. But it was all false advertising, although the company was the only beneficiary.

Although its use is legal, and even recommended in medical prescriptions and under medical supervision, addicts consume it without knowledge and sellers irresponsibly traffic it to increase their profits. Fentanyl is up to fifty times more powerful than heroin and 100 times more powerful than morphine and is often sold illegally because of its heroin-like effects.

According to official statistics, 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. Some of the culprits include poor diet, sedentary lifestyle habits, multiple jobs, poor nutrition, and insufficient sleep. And in total, 66 million U.S. citizens take these substances, of which 11 million abuse narcotics.

Drug overdose deaths in the United States exceeded 100,000 in the 12-month period ending last April, a record number, according to official data released Wednesday. According to provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were an estimated 100,306 overdose deaths nationwide during those twelve months, compared to 78,056 reported during the same period last year, an increase of 28.5%.

Synthetic opioids, especially fentanyl, are the leading cause of overdose deaths, accounting for nearly two-thirds (64%) of all such deaths, an increase of 49% compared to the previous year.

Similar drugs continue to proliferate, creating “zombie” neighborhoods, such as Kensington in Philadelphia. Drugs and violence are the main protagonists in this district of the city, as it has transformed the place into a horror movie environment. But the problem is not only these inhabitants, but Kensington attracts hundreds of people from all over the country because of the ease of selling this substance.


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