Opioids Are Responsible For 20% Of Millennial Deaths, "Crisis Will Impact US For Generations

The opioid crisis has become a significant public health emergency for many Americans, especially for millennials, so much so that one out of every five deaths among young adults is related to opioids, suggested a new report.

The study is called “The Burden of Opioid-Related Mortality in the United States," published Friday in JAMA. Researchers from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, found that all opiate deaths — which accounts for natural opiates, semi-synthetic/ humanmade opioids, and fully synthetic/ humanmade opioids — have increased a mindboggling 292 percent from 2001 through 2016, with one in every 65 deaths related to opioids by 2016. Men represented 70 percent of all opioid-related deaths by 2016, and the number was astronomically higher for millennials (24 and 35 years of age).

According to the study, one out of every five deaths among millennials in the United States is related to opioids. In contrast, opioid-related deaths for the same cohort accounted for 4 percent of all deaths in 2001.

Moreover, it gets worse; the second most impacted group was 15 to 24-year-olds, which suggests, the opioid epidemic is now ripping through Generation Z (born after 1995). In 2016, nearly 12.4 percent of all deaths in this age group were attributed to opioids.

Children live stream their ‘zombie’ parents ‘overdosed on heroin’ after they return home to find them passed out. (Source: Mirror Online)

“Despite the amount of attention that has been placed on this public health issue, we are increasingly seeing the devastating impact that early loss of life from opioids is having across the United States,” said Dr. Tara Gomes, a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s.

“In the absence of a multidisciplinary approach to this issue that combines access to treatment, harm reduction and education, this crisis will impact the U.S. for generations,” she added.

Over the 15-year period, more than 335,000 opioid-related deaths were recorded in the United States that met the study’s criteria. Researchers said this number is an increase of 345 percent from 9,489 in 2001 (33.3 deaths per million population) to 42, 245 in 2016 (130.7 deaths per million population).

Video: Millennial mother overdoses in store as her toddler cries 

“By 2014, Canada and the United States had the highest per capita opioid consumption in the world and deaths related to opioid use have increased dramatically in both countries,” the study stated, which also said, “opioid-related death rates are increasing most quickly among adults aged 25 to 44 years in the United States. Consequently, the public health burden resulting from early loss of life is substantial.”

Drugs Involved in U.S. Overdose Deaths

National Overdose Deaths Involving Opioid Drugs 

“These numbers show us the dramatic impact of opioid-related harms across all demographics in the U.S.,” said Dr. Tara Gomes, a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s. “We know this is not an isolated public health issue – it is one that spans across North America.”

All in all, the opioid crisis is much worse than we imagined, as millennials are craving, not just avocados these days - but, vast amounts of opioids inducing a tidal wave of fatal overdoses.

Comments

takeaction Hulk Wed, 06/06/2018 - 23:11 Permalink

It can't happen fast enough around here in Portland.  Our business had to deal with multiple WHACKED out druggies at our business today.  Talking to the sky...Yelling at nothing...sleeping in the bark dust.  It is every day now with the warm weather.  

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The police here are overwhelmed...

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Last of the Mi… MasterPo Thu, 06/07/2018 - 07:17 Permalink

As any and all abstinence recovery programs give way to "maintenance" programs with big pharma's favorite drug "Suboxone" the situation will only deteriorate. It's getting to the point where opioid epidemic is a buzzword for the government's intervention into the illegal opioid issue whereby more pharmaceuticals are administered rather than tapered and discontinued for the health of the patient. 

This will not end well and will be a historic failure as the marriage of government and big pharma destroys any chance of true recovery from opioid addiction through "maintenance therapies". 

Good luck with that. 

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Indo_Expat D503 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 11:36 Permalink

It will be a boomer that puts an end to your useless, worthless, wasted excuse for a life coward millennial cockbreath.

Only a matter of time, so save yourself the experience of being hung by your ankles and your skin stripped off, minuscule weenie and little-boy nuts chopped off and sewn in your peter-puffing lips, fucking mincing, prancing branded faggot by blowing your zit-faced head off.

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MasterPo Harry Lightning Thu, 06/07/2018 - 00:33 Permalink

1. experimented with illicit drugs?

Not sure. Grew up in the country - does homemade shine count? 

2. unprotected sex?

Definitely not. I have a concealed carry permit. (Concealment during sex is problematic and I generally can't sit too long for about a week after.) 

3. Drove a car after one too many drinks?

Been working hard on this one, but no matter how much the car uses, no effect. I'm currently using a gas/ethanol mixture, so I'll have to get back to you.

[All in all, I'm really close on this one...] 

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vato poco snblitz Thu, 06/07/2018 - 01:03 Permalink

"20%" 

more fake news bullshit and lies. for all you macho man tough guys popping off about this, I look forward to the day when you/your loved one/family member writhes in pain because there's no doc in town willing to risk his/her license by prescribing a new opiod Rx.

you can explain the righteousness of your stance to your spouse/parent/kid screaming in pain. tell 'em how it's really for their own good, here in these Puritan States of Murrica

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dchang0 Harry Lightning Thu, 06/07/2018 - 01:15 Permalink

Re: "Like you never experimented with illicit drugs in your life ?...Did you deserve to die for your transgressions ?"

Yes, if the game being played is essentially Russian roulette.

"Experimented" makes it sound like this is something safe and playful, but today's drugs like fentanyl are far more lethal than they were a few decades ago.

Unless you think it's okay to "experiment" with putting a live round in one of 5 or 6 chambers in a revolver, point it at your head, and pull the trigger once, then repeat.

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Archibald Buttle Retired Guy Fri, 06/08/2018 - 03:01 Permalink

one would assume free stuff from the government will be to a certain degree exchanged for some drugs. however, i would argue that drug tests keep more people out of the work force than drug use. the guy who shows up all week and works hard, and relaxes by smoking a couple jays on the weekend is relatively unemployable if he has to pass a piss test. a totally inept dumbass that doesn't smoke pot gets the job instead, if it gets filled at all. and we wonder why productivity is not doing so hot, etc.

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Indo_Expat Harry Lightning Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:56 Permalink

Wasted keystrokes, these scumbags are beyond redemption. They will all be eradicated in the coming purge of the millennial brain-deads and the other mindless offal that infests America and has led to the ongoing downfall that we see today. They are not even human, as you can see from the trash spewed out here. Death to all of them, they will reap what they spew.

It's coming you coward cocksuckers. Coming for you. I give thanks every day that I am 10,000 miles away from the living Hell that America has turned into, a land of ghouls and soulless shitbag animals.

Kissinger was right, the herd needs to be culled, and culled by whatever means necessary.

 

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Laowei Gweilo CheapBastard Wed, 06/06/2018 - 23:49 Permalink

both Seattle and Vancouver are the same way.... between opioid and fentanyl, the drug addiction/ODing/homelessness in the north-west is becoming pretty crazy

downtown VAN is a shit hole now... except for maybe the _one_ most luxury street, most of the 'luxury' or financial district of the downtown core has homeless people outside every coffee shop, and a shit hole inside every coffee shop's bathroom. granville smells like piss...  genuinely... like a fucking aroma of piss every single time I walk along it.

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1033eruth roddy6667 Thu, 06/07/2018 - 09:23 Permalink

Its actually a complex and case by case issue but if i were to ATTEMPT to boil down the cause, I would classify it as weak minds and being lazy as the path of least resistance.  That's pretty vague I know but its the type of mind that is susceptible to and accepting of, short term fixes.   Whatever is occurring in "their" minds displaces the work ethic.  Doesn't matter whether you are brilliant or dumb as a rock, showing up on time and having a work ethic will get you by in life.  

I suppose they think they are getting by too, but that's subjective reasoning.

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justa minute Harry Lightning Thu, 06/07/2018 - 06:22 Permalink

They are looking for the Kingdom of Heaven, The drugs give them a glimpse so they want more. The problem is that they don't belong there and they keep getting kicked out, as Christ said, "woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge; ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered". These people who are taking these drugs know there is something better but there is great darkness on this land brought to you by a certain group of people. hiding the truth from people under many layers so people lose all hope. There is a way into the Kingdom of Heaven and only one door and it is not drugs, but that door has been hidden and the fact that there is a door has been hidden also by this group because they want the Kingdom for themselves, only that was taken from them and now they hate and don't want anybody else to find it. As Christ said, "the Kingdom is taken from you"

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Adahy CheapBastard Thu, 06/07/2018 - 01:06 Permalink

That's how it started for one of my friends.  27 years of construction and he gets busted for a joint roach.  Since he could no longer manage his pain with MJ, he went to the Dr., the LEGAL drug dealer.  The doc loaded him up with opiates.  12 years, and several friends' funerals later, he weighs 105 lbs and rarely leaves the house.  Similar situation with my sis when she was around.
Truly tragic.

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