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02 July
Senator says FDA must plan public service broadcasts on opioids
By APAH Team

Senator says FDA must plan public service broadcasts on opioids

Healthcare providers, civil servants and the public in the United States are shocked at the growing opioid epidemic ravaging the country. Opioid overdose has the capacity to damage individuals and communities. To combat the opioid addiction, there is a need to increase awareness about the ill effects of drug use and abuse. The best way to fight this crisis is to air TV campaigns on the perils of opioids, as suggested by Sen. Sherrod Brown.

He said the TV commercials will be on the pattern of anti-smoking commercials named “The Real Cost” planned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2014, launched to discourage young people aged 12-17 from smoking.

Opposition claims Brown seeking re-election

The announcement that FDA must air TV commercials on opioid use was made in a public meeting at the Cleveland City Club. He said the comprehensive, targeted and sustained health campaign will enhance the efforts for preventing opioid overuse and treating the patients of overdose. He further said the teenagers targeted by the anti-smoking campaign had a 30 percent lesser chance to smoke as the campaign was designed and tested by professionals.

The Opposition had raised the point that Brown was in office for the last 40 years, but he was taking steps now to combat this issue in the state in order to manage the vote crisis. According to Brittany Martinez, a Renacci spokeswoman, Brown is ineffective in finding a solution to this devastating problem, and by planning campaigns, he is only seeking re-election.

Dealing with opioid crisis

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2016, over 40 percent of opioid overdose deaths in the U.S. involved prescription opioids. The most common drugs involved in overdose deaths are methadone, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Moreover, drug overdose resulted in more deaths than car accidents. As a result of drug overdose, 52,404 people died in 2015, with 63 percent deaths involved opioids.

However, despite so much risk factor involved, addiction caused due to opioid can be treated with the right therapies and guidance. It is important to identify the symptoms of opioid addiction. The following are the symptoms of opioid use disorder:

  • Powerful craving for opioids
  • Necessity to take larger dosage to build tolerance to get same effects
  • Facing difficulty at work
  • Having legal problems due to the use of opioids
  • Spending a lot of time in acquiring and using opioids
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms due to decrease or stoppage in dosage

Opioid addiction is a complex issue and it is not easy to overcome the problem; however, to it is not an impossible task. The most important factor is to educate people about the risks of consuming opioids, be it prescription or illicit. People need to be encouraged to accept the problem and seek timely treatment. Also, treatment therapies are available at various drug detox facilities for opioid addiction. One must not shy away from seeking help due to the associated stigma, as it can further worsen the situation.

If you or a loved one is suffering from opioid addiction, it is advisable to seek help at the earliest. You may contact the Arizona Prescription Abuse Helpline to find the finest drug abuse rehabilitation centers in Arizona where patients are treated in a safe and secure environment through experiential programs. You can call at our 24-hour prescription drug helpline number 866-692-3563 or chat online with an expert for more information.

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