Nearly Half Of All Millennials Know Someone Affected By Opiates

The statistics surrounding the American opioid epidemic are becoming more and more alarming with each passing day, it seems. Two weeks ago, we cited a new report claiming that one in five millennial deaths can be attributed not just to drugs - but specifically to opioids.

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.


And today Axios cited a new NBC News/GenForward poll revealing that nearly half of millennials (42%) have been impacted by the opioid crisis in some way, either because they have a friend or family member who is struggling with addiction, or because they themselves are addicted.

Why it matters: Millennials, ages 22 to 37, are expected to make up the largest generation in the U.S. by 2019. Overdose deaths are causing this group of individuals to die at a faster rate that those over 50 years old, according to the CDC.

By the numbers:

  • White male and female millennials have been affected by the opioid epidemic the most — 54% know someone who is caught in the issue.
  • 30% of black millennials say they know someone who has dealt with an opioid addiction. Asian-Americans 26%. Latinos 23%.
  • More people who live in the Northeast part of the U.S. said they know someone who has dealt with opioid addiction than any other region. But about 40% of millennials in the Midwest, South and West still said yes to knowing someone.

Democrats and Republicans have been scrambling to pitch a harm-reduction program to help reduce the number of deaths, but many remain uncomfortable with the idea of needle-exchange vans and clinics that offer emergency services (like supervised injection sites) for addicts operating in their neighborhoods.


Furthermore, the political influence of the millennial generation is being affected by the crisis, as more young Americans are arrested (or are too busy feeding their addictions to care much about voting).

Across party lines, roughly half of young Republicans and half of young Democrats say they know somebody struggling with opioid addiction. The future of the epidemic could be greatly impacted by a series of bills wending through Congress right now: One bill seeks to crackdown on illicit fentanyl - a powerful synthetic - another seeks to remove unused prescriptions out of circulation. Another - what Axios describes as "possibly the most significant" - would lift the IMD exclusion, a ban on federal Medicaid money for mental health treatment, allowing adult opioid users to stay at a bed in an institution for 30 days.

Expanding access to opioid treatment would likely do the most to help improve conditions for addicts on the ground. But as it stands, having access to treatment isn't enough - because nearly all research shows that substance-abuse treatments like rehab are still deeply ineffective treatments for opioids.

When it comes to reducing the number of opioid overdoses, the solution put forth by one small-time Ohio politician still stands out: Just let the addicts die.


css1971 Handful of Dust Tue, 06/19/2018 - 03:09 Permalink

Making drugs illegal just makes gangs, and corruption and violence. Both Prohibition and the failed 45 year War On Drugs are testament to that.

The biggest drug by far though is sugar. And we feed that to our kids. The end result of which is obesity, blindness, amputations, strokes, cancers, heart attacks. By far the biggest killer in the West.

The defining factor is can you function while under the influence? And with opiates that's just dose management.

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exonomic halfbreed Nature_Boy_Wooooo Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:46 Permalink

It is a good thing, that I am sure, our volunteer forces acting in the best interest of the U.S., are protecting the poppy fields for maximum production unlike those bad guys the Taliban who had previously eradicated most of the production just prior to their meeting with Texas oil majors about an oil supply line contact that they did not really want (Bass and others),  The timeline is what you want to look up on this.  Also MSM portrayed the talliban as opium growers when in reality they were the destroyers of the crops at that time.  Yes they are participating now because they need the capital.  Why not study history and put down that god damn phone you stupid addicted SJWs.

A message for all you grunts, seals, rangers etc.  We protect while you facilitate bad shit.  Fast Boat sailors and others are wondering what the f... are you doing?  This shit is fucked up and you guys know it.  I would continue but I have an addiction to oxygen and I just can't stop.  There is no honor in just being tougher than anyone else. (been there,  done that).  There is enormous gratification in doing what is right. I have met so many special forces that are not happy with what has occurred in their lives and have great problems with reconciling that.  You know that I could go on and on but that would be pretty stupid.  Been there, Done that, and Done them.  You think that I am proud?  No, I am ashamed.

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Elvis is Alive exonomic halfbreed Tue, 06/19/2018 - 11:39 Permalink

Nice post, halfbreed. It's just amazing the lie that people go to with demonizing doctors and drug companies as the problem. This is the MSM pedaling a narrative on behalf of the deep state. Thing is when Florida's pill mill problem was at its worse in 2010, AG Pam Bondi shut down these pill mills to thunderous applause. Problem is that in 2010 Florida hit a multi-decade low for heroin deaths at 50.

Now just in Miami-Dade County alone, paramedics and law enforcement are treating 20 overdoses per day, which are heroin or heroin laced with fentanyl. That translates to 600 per month and 7200 per year, and only one in eight Floridians live in Dade County. 

A police officer told me he has never treated an overdose due to pills but heroin overdoses are a near nightly occurrence. In fact, the heroin junkies love to shoot up in Starbucks bathrooms due to the amount of privacy in them. He said once a night he got a call to break down the door of some junkie passed out in a locked bathroom.

Given that there were only a million or so heroin users in 2010 and ten million Americans taking opioid pain pills, the question that needs to be asked is what would you do to increase heroin sales? If you could control the narrative (as the deep state has done), the obvious answer was to demonize and criminalize those producing and distributing pain pills, and that is exactly what was done.

With all the three letter agencies and all their hand wringing over pills, no one mentions the military as having anything to do with the opioid epidemic. The issue, which you and I both know, is that the heroin in Afghanistan could easily be wiped out by the U.S. military. So why isn't that being done? Obviously, there are those in the deep state making serious bank with the sale of heroin. 


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Nicholi_Hel Elvis is Alive Tue, 06/19/2018 - 15:21 Permalink

The Bulk of the Heroin is not from Afghanistan, however, you are right on target with the rest.

In the early 2000's when coke fell out of fashion, the South American coke cartels brought in Afghani " consultants" and began growing poppy in Columbia and Bolivia for the first time.

The result was the most powerful heroin in history.

The Escobars and company had learned their lesson with distributing drugs in the US. This time around they are wholesalers to the Mexican Drug Cartels who are bringing tons of powerful, cheap heroin across the border. They have long infiltrated every single state in the US. Evidently, most politicians have no interest in stopping it as the money is way too huge. Major US banks launder the billions of Cartel profits with Impunity. There was an article on ZH several years back about JP Morgan doing just that. 

Now scumbag politicians like that morbidly obese, abrasive slob Chris Chistie are opening rehab centers while blaming pharmaceutical companies for the heroin pouring that when he was a Governor did absolutely nothing to stop.

They get everything out the pig but the squeal.





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Cryptopithicus Homme 4shzl Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:00 Permalink

Yeah the fentanyl thing is getting bad around here too...  a lot of them are not hard core drug users too.  Just occasional users who think they are buying 1 thing and getting something entirely different their body has no tolerance for.  From an economics perspective it doesn't make sense to kill your custies.  Conspiracy?  Kill off the junkies before the collapse?

Best to stay away from all drugs anyway...

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mkkby Cryptopithicus Homme Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:23 Permalink

This was always the reason for legalizing drugs.  Let them buy it from safe sources, instead of making a black market for gangs or terrorists.

We have to stop the war on drugs to actually stop the crime infecting our cities.  This concept is too complicated for imbeciles on the left or right.  Even though everyone *learned* prohibition was a complete failure.

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Lost in translation Miffed Microbi… Tue, 06/19/2018 - 05:31 Permalink

I have a question for you, MM.

Old pal of mine from USMC takes morphine tabs daily for back pain.  He has a degenerative condition where the cartilage in his spine has disintegrated.  Don’t know the specifics but without the morphine tabs he can’t function, at all.

How long will he be able to live like this?  He’s pushing 60 and has been on these things for 6 or 7 years, already.

Main changes I’ve seen in him so far have been memory problems, which are getting worse...

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Miffed Microbi… Lost in translation Tue, 06/19/2018 - 12:04 Permalink

My advice, which had a dramatic effect for myself, is to address the problem rather than simply patching the symptoms. First is nutrition. Eliminate inflammatory substances which for most is a paleo type diet. Second, add in liposomal vit c,collagen and especially goat whey ( compare an old goat and cow, one will be creaky and barely walking and the other will be jumping on rocks). Add this to green vegetable smoothies. Next, add in yoga. Yin and restorative. This will keep flexibility and help with depression as well. Studies have shown yoga is very helpful for veterans. In fact I am in yoga teacher training and my focus will be to helping the veteran community in our little town. 


10 years ago I was overweight, severely asthmatic and depressed. I puffed on an inhaler ever four hours for 20 years. Walking one mile was a major effort for me. I burst in to tears during a doctor visit once. Crying I wanted a cure, I couldn't live like this anymore. He got in my face and said " Face reality, you have a chronic condition that will never be cured, be thankful you live in a time where medications are available for you." Something just snapped in me. I told him to go fuck himself and I walked out. I decide to find my way to health on my own. It has been a crazy journey with many dead ends and roller coaster rides but after a few years I start to see changes. Last summer I walked the Camino de Santiago. 500 miles. No inhaler, no meds, just a backpack and trekking poles. For me that was an incredible milestone I never could have imagined. 


Tell your friend not to give up. It took me 2 years to slowly wean off my inhalers. The body has the natural ability to heal itself when given the opportunity. If he is interested I would be honored to talk to him and help. Sometimes knowing someone just cares can make all the difference.






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RedBaron616 mkkby Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:06 Permalink

Yes, so EVERY city can be like San Francisco. It will give "driving under the influence" a whole new meaning. And since the druggies won't have insurance, our auto insurance rates will soar.

Actually, during Prohibition, there was actually a significant drop in cirrhosis of the liver. So much better now, with drunk drivers that can kill people but are never put on death row. Funny how that works.

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Return_of_Byzantium Tue, 06/19/2018 - 00:07 Permalink

The “crisis” playing out today has the same origins as China’s opiate “crisis” in the 19th century. Just look at last year’s spike in Afghanistan’s opium production levels. It all comes from there.


I bet you’ll never guess what banking family was behind that 19th-century crisis and never relinquished that control.


They’ll lock away millions of know-nothing street drug dealers but never touch the actual facilitators of the crisis.

RedBaron616 Return_of_Byzantium Tue, 06/19/2018 - 07:12 Permalink

I don't care how much comes here and from where. The question is: Why are people drawn to drugs? Does anyone believe legalizing them is not going to create even more users? The problem is that life, by itself, is pretty unfulfilling without a purpose. What's the point of working for 50+ years, only to find out your retirement security isn't there? We have thrown God out of society and wonder why society in general is starting to circle the toilet.

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Abaco RedBaron616 Tue, 06/19/2018 - 08:49 Permalink

The roots of this particular epidemic are pretty clear. Purdue Pharma produces Oxycontin. It is owned largely by the Sackler family who are worth billions from their long and sordid history of recklessly promoting their prescription drugs through advertising and payoffs to prescribers. With Oxycontin they had a drug that was approved for relieving pain in terminal cancer patients. They produced marketing materials claiming it was non-addictive and had no withdrawal symptoms. They promoted them to anyone with a prescription pad with, essentially, kick backs for the prescriptions. This has been admitted to in the settlement with the State of Kentucky where they paid a fine of $640 million but no one went to jail.

They made sure to prescribe a 30 day supply to anyomne with any pain at all - enough to create withdrawal symptoms in almost everyone. Then, when people came back still in pain, from withdrawal, the doctors prescribed more so they could get their kickback. The result is the Sackler family is worth $14 billion, and hundreds of thousands of people have had their lives ended too soon or severely degraded.

Think about it. You break a bone. Go to the doctor whom you trust because hey he is licensed and the AMA has high professional standards. You take your prescription based on that trust. You get addicted. When it become obvious that you are addicted the doctors cut you off with no help because they don't want to lose their license. You don't even realize what happened to you and turn to the illegal dealers where you get god knows what laced with god knows what and you drop dead.

The Sackler family is pure evil. The "authorities" like Kentucky who took their cut of the pie but didn't put anyone in jail are corrupt. The doctors who handed this shit out like candy are grossly irresponsible. And the people commenting who talk about good riddance as if these lives are worth nothing I wish for them the same ass-cancer I hope drags out painfully, for the Sacklers, the "authorities" who pretend not to know what is happening but need victims to justify their budgets, and the doctors who cast all their ethics aside and cashed in on the trust put in them by their patiens.

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