A Crisis of Despair: Christian Mental Health Professional Reveals the Reason Behind Recent Surge in Suicides and Drug-Related Deaths

Writer – March 6, 2019

 

America is in the midst of a suicide epidemic, reflecting deeper problems that go beyond mental illness.

A new report released this week revealed that the number of U.S. deaths related to alcohol, drug use, and suicide are at an all-time high. The data analysis, conducted by public health nonprofits Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust, used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention dating back to 1999. Their findings show that 2017, the most recent year that data were available, reflected the highest level of these preventable deaths since federal data collection began in 1999

At the root of suicide, alcohol and drug abuse is the affliction of despair. A very basic conclusion we can draw, then, is that America is experiencing an uptick in despair, of which there are many causes. To help make further sense of this troubling surge, Faithwire reached out to licensed professional counselor and Dallas Theological Seminary graduate, Carly Graham.

As a mental health professional who works with clients dealing with suicidal thoughts, drug and alcohol addiction, and general feelings of hopelessness, Graham described a troubling stigma that exacerbates these issues.

“The stigma surrounding mental health challenges is often associated with one’s mental and emotional ‘strength’ or a perceived lack of it,” Graham explained. “This assumption does an unfortunate disservice to those who could benefit from treatment; as a result, many resort to using alcohol, drugs, and other destructive behaviors because they may feel able to accept those unhealthy coping mechanisms easier than accepting treatment.”

And while increased mental health awareness has helped to reduce that stigma, other cultural factors contribute to the loneliness that leads many to seek harmful forms of escape.

The need for community

“One of the prevalent problems I’ve seen with clients over and over is social isolation,” Graham said. “Even though we have a society that is active on social media and we have a 24-hour news cycle, I’ve found that individuals feel more disconnected than they used to because they don’t have a supportive community in-person.”

“Many individuals isolate while they deal with mental and physical health symptoms, as well as addiction. In the isolation, many individuals are often driven to despair,” she added. “Many friends, family, and other loved ones often times are not sure how to help an individual who is suffering, and that can result in frustration on both sides.”

Graham noted that while “many other factors can cause social isolation,” she has “witnessed numerous times how clients’ symptoms and general outlook on life have improved when they were a part of a supportive community and truly felt that others cared about them and expressed that to them.”

A culture of death

Kimberly McDonald lost her father to suicide in 2010. As a licensed clinical social worker who has worked in a hospital, for county government, and in a private practice, she’s witnessed how our modern culture often leads people to despair.

“We are a society that criticizes and lacks compassion, integrity, and empathy,” the Wisconsin native said, as reported by USA Today. “I work daily with individuals who each have their own demons.”

McDonald’s father took his own life after he was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

“He knew the trajectory of where the disease would take him,” she said.

We live in a cultural climate that is increasingly secular, with legislators commonly pushing policies that ignore or attack the dignity of human life. Liberal assisted suicide laws and a growing push for abortion up until birth serve as troubling examples of this deadly shift.

Could there be a possible link between this shift and the rise of suicide, drug and alcohol-related deaths? It certainly makes sense.

When our culture denies that life has any transcendent meaning, or that God has sovereignty over life, we can’t be shocked when people take that message to heart.

Hope is the opposite of despair. If anything, the latest data reflect a nation in desperate need, not for escape, but hope.

Reversing the deadly cycle

Christians find a message of eternal hope in the person of Jesus Christ, and the Bible is filled with verses that describe the hope we have in God.

Graham described how her Christian faith has been an asset in her efforts to help those seeking peace, hope, and relief amid feelings of despair.

“My Christian faith in the foundation of my counseling theory and approach,” she told Faithwire. “Even though I work in a non-Christian treatment facility, I strongly believe that I am in a position to show acceptance, patience, and care to my clients in a way that hopefully helps them feel safe enough to work on their core emotional challenges.”

The licensed professional counselor noted, however, certain problems within Christian communities that can do great harm to the vulnerable.

“One of the most destructive things I’ve heard in church culture is [people] assuming that experiencing a mental illness means the individual does not trust God enough or have a strong enough faith,” she said.

“I believe this misconception increases the stigma even more,” she added, “and that is why seeking help in church can feel risky. This is tragic but many counselors such as myself are working to increase dialogue about mental health and normalize that many people deal with this.”

Graham shared some helpful ways that average individuals can work to combat this crisis of despair.

“One way is to share openly about these struggles and how common they are,” she said. “Another way is to educate yourself about mental health and mental illness.”

Graham recommends the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI) and Mental Health America as great resources for those looking to learn more about mental illness. (Click to Source)

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Think About What This Means – An Adviser To The FDA Issues Blunt Warning To America: ‘Congress Is Owned By Big Pharma’

‘Those who corrupted Veterans health care & profit from our endless wars are one and the same’

By Stefan Stanford – All News Pipeline – Live Free Or Die

March 14, 2019

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In an extraordinarily blunt and surprisingly refreshing warning recently given by a medical adviser to the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Raeford Brown recently stated in an interview that nothing will be done to ‘Big Pharma‘ for their role as the lead drug pushers in America’s deadly opioid crisis because “Congress is owned by pharma“.

While more than 70,000 Americans died due to opioid overdoses in 2017 alone and President Trump once endorsed the death penalty for ‘drug pushers‘, why isn’t ‘big pharma‘ being held responsible for their obvious role in the spread of deadly drugs all across the country? As Dr. Brown told Yahoo Finance in his interview, “the pharmaceutical industry pours millions of dollars into the legislative branch every single year. In 2016, they put $100 million into the elections. That’s a ton of money.”

And as we see in the graphic below taken from that Yahoo story, Democrat politicians and Republicans alike benefit from donations from ‘Big Pharma‘. And while there is no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry has brought life-saving medicines to the world, as even far-left Salon surprisingly reported back in August of 2016, ‘big pharma‘ was helping to ensure that United States Veterans were losing the war at home while making America ‘pain-free‘ for ‘plutocrats‘. From their story.:

Those who corrupted veterans’ health care & those who profit from this country’s endless wars are one and the same.”

Near the end of his invaluable book cataloguing the long, slow disaster of “America’s War for the Greater Middle East,” historian Andrew Bacevich writes:

“Some individuals and institutions actually benefit from an armed conflict that drags on and on. Those benefits are immediate and tangible. They come in the form of profits, jobs, and campaign contributions. For the military-industrial complex and its beneficiaries, perpetual war is not necessarily bad news.”

Bacevich is certainly right about war profiteers, but I believe we haven’t yet fully wrapped our minds around what that truly means. This is what we have yet to take in: today, the United States is the most unequal country in the developed world, and the wealth of the plutocrats on top is now so great that, when they invest it in politics, it’s likely that no elected government can stop them or the lucrative wars and “free markets” they exploit.”

So we’ll take a look below at some options to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘ that are readily available for all to use that come to us from nature. And while we are not doctors nor are we providing medical advice within this story but sharing stories of what has worked for us or others, in a very real TEOTWAWKI scenario, do you really think ‘big pharma‘ will be around?

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With the graphic above showing that members of both parties are receiving roughly the same amount of money from ‘big pharma‘, and showing the money given to politicians by ‘big pharma‘ has been accelerating steadily since the early 1990’s, there is little doubt that Dr. Brown is correct in his assessment. Especially when we factor in the fact that these same people are also making a killing off of the endless wars while doing very little for the men and women fighting them, US Veterans.

And with the cost of big pharma’s drugs now skyrocketting as reported within this January of 2019 CNBC story and heard in the 2nd video at the bottom of this story, many Americans are being ‘priced out‘ of the medications they need.

And while some of ‘big pharmas‘ medications absolutely save lives, and we’d never suggest that people not take the medications that have been prescribed to them by a doctor, other medications ‘big pharma‘ has created have actually been them mimicking nature.

As DTSS reported back in December of 2017, the actually origins of ‘big pharma‘ are linked to the suppression and destruction of natural medicines. And the pharmaceutical industry DOES NOT create cures, it creates customers! And from their story we see one ever present name that has been repeated over and over again through ‘NWO‘ history.:

The creation of Western medicine starts with John D. Rockefeller (1839 – 1937) who was an oil baron and America’s first billionaire. In the 1800s, using ‘organic chemistry,’ or the chemistry of carbon, the petrochemical industries were created. In the 1800s, it came to light that various traditional herbal remedies contained active ingredients called ‘alkaloids.’

These alkaloids could often be produced synthetically by the petrochemical industries. Sometimes the active ingredient of a medicinal herb could be chemically modified and patented. This new business was called the ‘pharmaceutical industry.’ The resulting patent medicine could be sold at great profit, compared to the herb from which it was originally derived.

By the turn on the 20th century, Rockefeller controlled 90% of all oil production in the U.S. through a multitude of oil companies owned by him. There were only 1,000 cars in existence in 1900 that burned gasoline. Not much profit was to be found in cars. The petrochemical industry, however, was flourishing.

The pharmaceutical industries promised to be the most profitable part of the oil industry. Rockefeller invested heavily in the newly created pharmaceutical companies. He formed the Rockefeller Foundation in 1913 and focused on the pharmaceutical industries and medical education.

Back in May of 2018, the website ‘Wake Up World‘ published this story titled “Big Pharma vs. Natural Alternatives: The Agenda to Eradicate Competition” within which they detailed for us many attempts that have been made over the years by ‘big pharma‘ to wipe out their competition in the natural world, most notably the criminalization of the cannabis plant all the way back in the early 1900’s.

While cannabis was illegal nationwide for over 80 years before the last decade has brought about some relaxation of laws, especially in the medical marijuana field, just think about why ‘big pharma‘ may have wanted to ‘make illegal‘ a naturally growing plant that has the potential to do all of this.:

Helps regulate and defeat diabetes. Fights cancer. Helps with depression. Potential to fight autism. Regulates seizures in many. Helps to heal broken bones faster. Treats glaucoma. Relieves muscle spasms. Helps to slow the development of alzheimer’s disease. Helps to relieve arthritis. Helps to treat those with PTSD. Helps regulate our metabolism. Treats nausea effectively. Helps chemotherapy patients to eat and survive. Helps to treat headaches and migraines.

As the Free Thought Projected had reported back in 2017, a recent study revealed legal pot DESTROYS big pharma’s profits!

And now, ‘big pharma‘ is pushing Congress to make all natural Kratom illegal because it, too, is cutting hugely into their profits in the painkilling field. And while ‘big pharmas‘ poisons are killing Americans EVERY DAY, kratom has proven over many years to be safe and extremely effective at alleviating very real pain in Americans. Yet ‘big pharma‘ wants it criminalized because it cuts their profit margin. We’ve seen the way this will go should they be successful in 80+ years of horrific US cannabis policy.

The following books all take a look at natural health and some of our alternatives to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘.

Natural Remedies, Medicine and Cures: Herbs, self-healing and how to treat and cure all common ailments and major diseases

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide: 33 Healing Herbs to Know, Grow, and Use

Body into Balance: An Herbal Guide to Holistic Self-Care

The Herbal Medicine-Maker’s Handbook: A Home Manual

The Herbal Medicine Cookbook: Everyday Recipes to Boost Your Health

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Please take note, the lists below are by no means even close to exhaustive with all of the different health ailments that people suffer from and all of the alternative and natural products to treat those ailments available so we absolutely welcome any suggestions you might have in the comment section below. Your suggestions could save lives.

As the website Healing Harvest Homestead reported back in July of 2017, there are a number of herbs and supplements that can purchased to ensure a healthy heart including:

Cayenne Pepper (so powerful it can stop a heart attack in its tracks!) – Motherwort – Rooibos Tea

As the website Herbal Equivalent reported in this story, there are a number of natural ways to allieve allergies.:

Black Seed Oil – Stinging Nettle – Spirulina

And as the website ADHD Boss reported back in 2017, there are actually many natural alternatives to Xanax including:

Rhodiola Rosea – Valerian Root – ORGANIC INDIA Ashwagandha Herbal Healthy Stress Response Supplement

As the website Resperate reported back on March 3rd of 2019, there are many natural alternatives for those who are suffering from high blood pressure including.:

Cat’s Claw – Hibiscus Tea – Arguna – and my personal favorite, Dark Chocolate.

As the website Medical News Today reports, alternative and all-natural antibiotics include:

Garlic Oil – Oil of Oregano – Echinacea – Ginger

So with US Congress clearly owned by ‘big pharma‘ and many signs pointing at potential trouble ahead in America that could leave us as a shell of our former nation, with numerous alternatives to ‘big pharma’s poisons‘ readily available and many as close by as the nearest supermarket, we’d all be serving our families best by getting ready for whatever the future may bring. (Click to Source)

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“TIMES HAVE CHANGED”: ALABAMA SCHOOLS TRAINING STAFF TO TREAT OPIOID OVERDOSES

Published: March 13, 2019

SOURCE: ZEROHEDGE

Alabama educators are embarking on a new program to treat overdosing students amid the nation’s growing opioid epidemic, according to the BBC.

Times have changed. Kids are getting things out of their parents’ cabinets. They don’t have to go out on the street, and they don’t know what they are taking,” says Shelby County school nursing supervisor Jan Cibulski.

The new program will include teachers, coaches and administrators as opposed to only school nurses.

Until the start of the year, the state – like most others – recommended school nurses administer the treatment, but now they are widening the training to other teaching staff, as the opioid epidemic spirals nationwide.

The medication – naloxone – is being included in schools’ standard emergency kits, alongside defibrillators and allergy-remedying Epipens.

For US teaching staff, the training could become another standard procedure, like shooting drills. Florida is considering a similar initiative. –BBC

The first training courses – held at a Career Technical Educational Center (CTEC) high school in Alabama’s Shelby County – will include an instructional video and life-sized dummies.

If a student appears to be overdosing, administrators are instructed to call 911 and perform mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, before pressing an Evzio auto-injector the size of a cigarette packet against the patient’s outer thigh through their clothes for five seconds.

It takes approximately one minute for the active ingredient – naloxone hydrochloride (a.k.a. Narcan) – to bind to opioid receptors in the brain – preventing the brain from flooding with dopamine.

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Once a student has been injected with Evzio, educators are trained to expect them to pop up, confused and agitated.

How big is the problem?

While no child has officially overdosed in an Alabama school, administrators say it’s only a matter of time. In 2015 the state prescribed the most opioids for pain relief according to the CDC – while the BBC reports that the state is said to have more opioid prescriptions than people.

The non-mandatory scheme is available to every high school in the state. The costs are covered by a grant via the state’s department of public health.

Jennifer Ventress – nurse administrator for the state’s department of education – says there has been a “tremendous interest”, and around 21 local education agencies have signed up since the scheme was first unveiled in January.

If funding can be secured, it will be offered to elementary schools, too.

Amy Mason, a principal at Madison County Elementary School in Gurley, a tiny town in the state’s north, says she would definitely be interested. Her school takes pupils aged up to 13.

She had a wake-up call in 2015, when some of the older students were rushed to hospital after taking prescription drugs in the classroom. They did not overdose and the drug – Lyrica – was not classed as an opioid, but she says it was a career first for her and a sign of a widening problem. “The more training, the better it is for all involved,” she says. –BBC

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said that he was initially hesitant to back the training program, as he worried it would lead to more drug use.

“I was talking to one of the doctors about that, and he looked at me and said, ‘Well, I can’t help them if they’re dead'” said Marshall in an interview with WAAY-TV. “That was an eye-opener for me.”

“We still use terminology about letting people hit the bottom, we have to change that. We don’t have the luxury of waiting. And there may be many bottoms, not just one,” said Selina Mason – a board member with drug awareness group Not One More Alabama.

As the mother of a son with addiction problems, Mason said “I carry naloxone in my backpack. If a loved one is an opioid addict, you need to have it in your home, in your car, in your purse.”

The US surgeon general gave the same advice last year, instructing at-risk Americans of carrying naloxone. The FDA is also considering a similar recommendation.

Naloxone also comes as a nasal spray

Florida, meanwhile, is considering a bill that would supply naloxone to schools. Introduced by state lawmaker Jason Pizzo (D), the bill remains under consideration. (Click to Source)

 
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Where you live may influence how much opioid you use

March 11, 2019

In a recent study, researchers found where people live may determine how many opioids they can get.

For example, people who sought care for a sprained ankle in states that are “high prescribers” of opioids were three times more likely to get a prescription for opioids than people in “low-prescribing” states.

The research was conducted by a team from Penn Medicine.

Previous studies have shown that opioid abuse and addiction has become a serious public health issue.

In the current study, the team examined private insurance claims data from more than 30,800 people who visited U.S. emergency departments for an ankle sprain from 2011-2015.

They found that overall, about 25% of patients received a prescription for an opioid painkiller, even though opioids are not the first-line treatment for the health condition.

In total, more than 143,000 opioid tablets were prescribed for patients.

Moreover, there was wide variation across states in opioid prescription. The high prescribing states offer opioids much more easily to patients than the low prescribing states.

For instance, only 3% of patients received an opioid prescription in North Dakota, compared to 40% in Arkansas.

In addition, the team found when patients received opioid prescriptions for long courses (e.g. more than 30 tablets of oxycodone 5 mg), they were five times more likely to fill additional opioid prescriptions over the next 6 months than those who received just a few days’ supplies.

The findings suggest wide geographic variability in prescribing patterns for minor injuries.

The team suggests it is important to reduce the size of new, initial opioid prescriptions, which can increase the risk of prolonged opioid use.

If opioids are absolutely necessary, doctors should prescribe the lowest initial dose possible, which should be no more than 10-12 tablets.

In addition, there should be more specific opioid and non-opioid prescription guidelines.

It is also important to find better non-opioid alternatives for pain management of minor injuries.

The lead author of the study is M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at Penn.

The study is published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine. (Click to Source)

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Americans more likely to die by opioid overdose than in a car crash

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(CNN) — For the first time on record the odds of accidentally dying from an opioid overdose in the United States are now greater than those of dying in an automobile accident.

The grim finding comes from the National Safety Council which analyzed preventable injury and fatality statistics from 2017.

The NSC also found the lifetime odds of death for this form of overdose were greater than the risk of death from falls, pedestrian incidents, drowning and fire.

Examining a variety of federal and state data the NSC found the lifetime odds of dying from an accidental opioid overdose were 1 in 96. For motor vehicle accidents the odds were 1 in 103 and 1 in 114 for falls. The lifetime odds of suicide were greater, at 1 in 88.

“Too many people still believe the opioid crisis is abstract and will not impact them. Many still do not see it as a major threat to them or their family,” said Maureen Vogel, spokeswoman for the National Safety Council told CNN in an email. “These data show the gravity of the crisis. We have known for some time that opioid overdose is an everyday killer, and these odds illustrate that in a very jarring way.”

The NSC highlights, however, that the odds given are statistical averages over the whole US population and do not necessarily reflect the chances of death for a particular person from a particular external cause. In addition they are lifetime odds, based on dividing the one-year odds by the life expectancy of a person born in 2017.

In 2017 preventable injury deaths were 169,936 — an increase of 5.3% from the year before and a 96% increase compared to the figures in 1992.

“The data really underscore the importance of knowing the biggest risks to our safety,” said Vogel. “The Council calculates the Odds of Dying not to scare Americans but to empower them to make safer decisions and improve their chances of longevity.”

The organization has highlighted these numbers in a bid to help prevent future deaths from preventable causes.

“For too long, preventable deaths and injuries have been called ‘accidents,’ implying unavoidable acts of God or fate that we are powerless to stop. This is simply not true,” it wrote. “In the US, preventable injuries are at an all-time high.”

Comparing 2017 to 2016, home and public deaths saw large increases of 6% or more being driven largely by an 11% increase in poisoning deaths (including opioid overdoses) and a 5% increase in fall deaths (primarily among the older population).

In 2018, unintentional injury was found to be the leading cause of death in the US, with more than 61,000 people aged 1 to 44 dying from this cause in 2016 — nearly twice as many as from cancer and heart disease combined. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, these deaths were predominantly a result of motor vehicle accidents and unintentional poisonings.

Last month the CDC reported life expectancy in the United States declined from 2016 to 2017 due to increased drug overdoses and suicides. One study also found that a growing number of children and adolescents in the United States are dying from opioid poisonings.

“What began more than 2 decades ago as a public health problem primarily among young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription and illicit opioid abuse that is taking a toll on all segments of US society,” the researchers wrote.

Overdose deaths reached a new high in 2017, topping 70,000, while the suicide rate increased by 3.7%, the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics reports. Illegally manufactured fentanyl was suggested to be the driving force.

From 2013 to 2017, drug overdose death rates increased in 35 of 50 states and DC, with significant increases in death rates involving synthetic opioids reported in 15 of 20 states, the CDC said in a previous statement.

A separate December report found that in 2016, fentanyl surpassed heroin as the most commonly used drug in overdose deaths in the US. (Click to Source)

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Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh

By Bill Perkins

March 10, 2019

Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh.

Can I give such a gift as this,

To the Son of God

Born in Bethlehem?

Wise men from the East

Came bearing their gifts,

Searching for the One born King of the Jews.

They spread their valuable presents of

Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh,

Before the Child and worshipped the One named Immanuel (God with Us).

Then I came to the realization,

That no gift I could give Him,

Would compare to the gifts that

Jesus gave to mankind.

Free Salvation, Forgiveness of our Sins, and Eternal Life

in Heaven with Him for Eternity.

There will be a time in the Future,

That every tear will be wiped from our eyes.

A time will come,

When there will no longer

Be any sorrow, suffering, or pain.

These are the gifts Jesus gives to you and me.

They compare better than Gold,Frankincense and Myrrh.

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Kansas doctor gets life in prison for selling opioids that led to patient’s death

Updated 6:14 AM ET, Sat March 9, 2019

(CNNA doctor in Kansas was sentenced to life in prison Friday for distributing prescription drugs that resulted in the death of a patient, federal officials said.

Wichita doctor Steven R. Henson, 57, was convicted in October after dozens of charges, including conspiracy to distribute prescription drugs outside the course of medical practice, presenting false patient records to investigators and money laundering, according to the Department of Justice.
Henson postdated prescriptions and wrote them without a medical need or legitimate exam in return for cash, federal officials said. In some instances, he prescribed opioid medications in dangerous amounts.
“There was ample evidence that Henson was prescribing opioid medications in amounts likely to lead to addiction, and in amounts so expensive that the patients would likely be forced by economic circumstances to support their addiction by selling some of the drugs to others,” US District Judge J. Thomas Marten said.

One of his patients died

Prosecutors also presented evidence that his prescribing of alprazolam and methadone resulted in the 2015 death of one of his patients, Nick McGovern, CNN affiliate KOAM reported.
Some of McGovern’s family members spoke in court, according to the station, saying this case should serve as an example to prevent it from happening to another family.
US Attorney Stephen McAllister sent a similar message.
“For any doctors, pharmacists or nurses who disregard their oath and distribute powerful drugs illegally to enrich themselves, the message today is that they will be prosecuted to the full extent allowed by federal law,” McAllister said.

Crackdown on opioid epidemic

McAllister said his sentencing is part of a crackdown on the national opioid epidemic.
“We are dealing with an epidemic,” McAllister said. “Nationwide, more than 70,000 Americans died in 2017 from drug overdoses. That is more than all the American casualties during the war in Vietnam.”
Experts say the United States is in the throes of an opioid epidemic with more than 2 million people dependent on or abusing prescription pain pills and street drugs.
More than 130 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses in 2016 and 2017, according to the US Department of Health & Human Services. (Click to Source)
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