How the Opioid Crisis Hurts Everyone

510,000 people are estimated to die from the Opioid Crisis in the next decade while addiction issues continue to affect families across the United States.

opioid crisisAccording to a study in the American Journal of Public Health, an estimated 510,000 Americans could die from the Opioid Crisis and related deaths — including needle-transferred diseases and rampant addictions. The problem seems to be more pervasive than ever.  2017 was a year for the highest drug overdose related deaths according to the Center for Disease Control.

Addicted individuals, family and friends can suffer in many more ways:

Financial Strain

The estimated financial cost of opioid addiction varies with some studies estimating as low as $10,000 per patient and the White House reporting as high as $30,000 per patient.  These costs are relative to healthcare costs associated with addiction treatment, not the accrued cost of the addiction. There also added financial burdens placed on hospitals, municipalities, counties and states.

Beyond medical, people suffering from addiction often lose their jobs, homes or access to loans due to the financial strain caused by their opioid addiction.

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Job Loss

Addiction and unemployment are often closely related.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHA) reports that in 2016, opioid abuse was reported in 9.1% of adults over 18 who are unemployed as opposed to 4.7% of adults employed full time. It is undetermined if unemployment or addiction leads to the other.  Without a job, addicts can be left without financial support or health insurance, leading to further struggles and, perhaps, a more advanced addiction.

Strained Relationships

As with any addiction, relationships can be strained or lost over time.  Without strong relationships, addicts often drawn to a more dangerous lifestyle.  Loss of friends and family may also prevent a person from seeking help with their addiction and access to financial means to support treatment.  In more severe cases, addiction can be grounds for divorce or custody re-arrangement.

Other Health Issues

Opioid addiction can lead to many other health issues including but not limited to HIV/AIDS, mental disorders, infections, organ damage and seizures.  Some of the related health issues may be treatable or reversable with ending opioid use. However, with these other health issues, opioid addicts may face adverse effects for the rest of their lives.

What Can I Do?

If you or a loved one has been affected by the Opioid Crisis, you may be entitled to compensation. Tate Law Group is honored to represent individuals and municipalities in legal suits regarding the Opioid Crisis and opioid addiction. If you believe you have grounds for a case, contact Tate Law Group today at (912) 234-3030, or by clicking here.


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