Thesis Statement: Opioid addiction and abuse is a rising problem in the United States claiming hundreds of thousands of lives and creating an epidemic. Opiod addiction needs to be controlled by doctors and the drug manufacturing companies supplying them.
Background and Evidence: The epidemic of opioid abuse has been rapidly growing in the past 2 decades, and has claimed over 400,000 lives. While needing the drugs for pain is a different scenario, big pharmaceutical companies are giving them away like candy.
As for enforcing the drug epiudemi, the DEA didnt do much to slow it down. The drug abuse was not regulated, despite more and more poeple dying from the drugs. The DEAs main job is top regulate the use and sale of drugs of all kinds. It has been said that the DEA allowed large quantitys of the drug to be produced while the death toll raised.
People of all ages are given these drugs, even as young as 11. An 11 year old kid was prescribes painkillers at such a young age, one pill led to another leading him in a downhill spiral. By just 18 years old, he was fully addicted to ocycotin with no turjning back, and at the age of 21 he died from his addiction.
Opioid is a very difficult situation to stop because of the people that actually need these prescribed painkillers. The issue is for the severely addicted people of all ages dying at the hands of their addiction. The US is personally dealing with this struggle first hand to put an end to an epidemic.
Sources I Have Found:
Opioids are an Equal Opportunity Killer : The crisis of opioids brings equal grief and death to all races, parties, classes and groups. If there’s one thing this country has it common, it is that we are at a peak of an epidemic that needs to be stopped.
Making Drug Companies Pay for the Opioid Epidemic : Are the courts where we will find justice for the epidemic? Many are blaming big pharmaceutical companies that make and prescribe painkillers and opioids. The company’s were still producing mass amounts as deaths were rising.
D.E.A let Opioid Production Surge as Crisis Grew : The D.E.A was slow to catch onto the crisis, and for the poeple beng ion charge of regulating drugs, that should be concening. The anound of deaths causes by opioud should be seen as a epidemic and attempted to be stopped immediatly.
Sources I havent found:
I want to find more sources about the lawsuit against the big manufacturares of these drugs .
I want to find more information on which opiouids are more addictive and if more poeple are dying from certain types of opioids.
Counter arguments to refute:
Big Pharmaceutical companies have no part in the drug crisis and prosecuting them will not improve the epidemic.
Cutting back on opioids will do more hurt than help for patients that need the drug.