What’s Causing the Opioid Epidemic?
This surge in Opioid abuse and addiction is largely attributed to the misdirectives of pharmaceutical companies, many of which are now being sued by the federal government for their part in starting the epidemic. In the mid-1990s, when pharmaceutical companies began pushing potent opioid prescription painkillers, they insisted they were non-habit-forming and safe to use. Medical professionals began prescribing medications like codeine, morphine, hydrocodone and oxycodone at alarming rates. By the time the government implemented nationwide crackdowns, many individuals had developed physical and psychological dependencies on these medications, and rather than seek professional treatment many transitioned to a more readily available alternative: heroin. Strong synthetic additives such as fentanyl and carefentinl that are being cut into street heroin have made it exponentially more dangerous. The DEA says carefentinl is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 100 times more potent than fentanyl, which itself is 50 times more potent than heroin.
Guardian Takes Opioid Addiction Seriously
Guardian Recovery Network recognizes the often fatal outcome of opioid addiction. We take the Opioid Epidemic extremely seriously and are doing our best to help individuals struggling with opioid and heroin addiction to break free. We know how physically, mentally and spiritually difficult it can be to detox off these potent drugs. We know opioid withdrawal is agonizing and causes many addicts to continually turn back to the drugs even when they desperately want to stop.