Fentanyl is perhaps the most deadly substances this country will have to face in generations. Maybe it doesn’t kill the most people, but it sure grabs a hold of anyone it can and snatches a hold of their life in an attempt to strangle it out.
According to the New York Times, fentanyl deaths are up 540 percent over three years. It’s a staggering number that very few could have predicted would come out of 2016. Deaths from fentanyl doubled from 2015 to 2016, which is absolutely staggering. On a bigger note, overdose addictions are up 22 percent in 2016 also. These staggering statistics mean that the opioid addiction is killing so many more people than ever anticipated.
It turns out this is the first time there has been decent data to compare on the state-wide level also. Though, according to the New York Times, there were only a few states with good enough data to use. The most affected state from the data was undoubtedly Maryland. They topped the overdose charts for 2016. Nebraska, Arkansas, and Wyoming are the only states that saw a decrease in opioid deaths while.
The saddest thing about these statistics is that opioids are the leading cause of death for people under the age of 50. There is so much potential that is being lost because of these synthetic opioids. All signs point to 2017 being even worse than 2016. At least according to data that’s being reported anecdotally. More young people are dying, meaning that the future of the country is at stake.
Seeing how dangerous fentanyl is might be the most terrifying thing to happen in 2017. Even compared to the geopolitical destruction going on all over the world right now, the fentanyl epidemic is even scarier. Hopefully, the politics surrounding the opioid epidemic can fix it, because there won’t be enough rehab facilities in the country to help everyone in just a few years. Chapters Capistrano is doing their job right now, so call if there is someone that needs help.