Free Case Review

Free & Confidential Consultation

What You Can Expect: At 1-800-LAW-FIRM, you can count on affordable pricing with zero hidden fees and 100% transparency into our legal process. Your experienced legal professional will provide you with an honest evaluation of your issue which will enable you to make educated decisions regarding the options available to you.

The Opioid Crisis: A Public Health Emergency

Nov 6, 2017 - Blog by

Recently, the opioid crisis made headlines when the President declared it a public health emergency. This epidemic is a major concern, but what does it mean and why is it happening?

Let’s start with the basics. First, what is an opioid? An opioid is a type of drug that includes illegal substances such as heroin and opium. Synthetic opioids are legal and often prescribed to treat severe and chronic pain.

Prescription opioids include:

  • Demerol
  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone (Lorcet, Lortab, Norco, Vicodin)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
  • Methadone (Dolophine, Methadose)
  • Morphine (Astramorph, Avinza, Kadin, MS Contend, Ora-Morph, Roxanol)
  • Oxycodone (Encode, OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicet)

Opioids disrupt pain signals in the brain which can make these drugs highly addictive. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse in 2015, an estimated 2 million people in the U.S. suffered from prescription opioid drug abuse. That same year, more than 33,000 died from an opioid overdose. This means that nearly 91 Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. It is also reported that opioid prescription sales quadrupled from 1999 to 2015. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there was not any change in the amount of pain in Americans during that time.   

Addiction is one of the main reasons why opioids are now being considered a public health emergency. The declaration is supposed to do a few things. One of which is to increase telemedicine services. Telemedicine allows health care professionals to treat opioid addicts from a distance through technology such as mobile apps and video chat. An increase in these services allows those living in remote locations who suffer from opioid addiction to get the help they need more accessibly.

Many believe that the opioid epidemic should be declared a national emergency due to the difference in funds available. Nevertheless, we hope that this public health emergency announcement is a step in the right direction towards putting an end to the opioid crisis.

In the news: 

CNN: Opioid Crisis Fast Facts 

CNN: Trump Declares Opioid Epidemic a National Public Health Emergency

USA Today: Trump Orders a Public Health Emergency for Opioids


Tags: ,

Stay Informed

Sign up for our free enewsletter to receive updates on subjects that matter to you most.

1-800-LAW-FIRM reserves the right to review all submitted videos before they are featured on Any video deemed inappropriate or not applicable to the purpose of this page, will not be posted

The information on this site is ATTORNEY ADVERTISING. The material provided is strictly for general informational purposes and does not imply the formation of a lawyer-client relationship nor should it be considered as legal advice. 1-800-LAW-FIRM strives to ensure that all information provided is accurate and complete, but does not guarantee the information is accurate and complete. Prior outcomes of other lawsuits by 1-800-LAW-FIRM or other law firms, does not guarantee a similar result.