Traditionally, Americans enjoyed a good life expectancy. A multitude of factors such as the economic boom post World War II, technological advancement and sufficient access to health care services were responsible for this. Recently, it has come to limelight that for the first time since 1993, life expectancy has decreased.
A research undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Imperial College London—and published in the medical journal Lancet—predicts that in the years to come, the United States will lag behind other developed high-income countries such as Canada and South Korea in terms of the average life of an individual. The grim forecast says that by 2030, life expectancy of America will be similar to that of Mexico, while South Korea and Canada will have increased expectancy rates. Estimated average age of women will be 83.3 years and for men 79.5 years.
Earlier, another groundbreaking work by the Nobel laureate, Angus Deaton talked about the rising deaths of despair among non-Hispanic Whites in America, which were attributed to opioids, alcohol and suicide in the wake of the economic losses suffered by this community. The 2016 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that opioid overdose death rates have tripled since 2000. Heroin and prescription pain relievers remained the widely abused drugs.
Infant mortality not responsible for drop in life span
According to a new paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Drug-poisoning deaths increased from 17,415 in 2000 to 52,404 in 2015,” and “drug poisoning death rate per 100,000 people increased from 6.2 to 16.2, mostly due to opioids.” Researchers from the CDC have also found that on an average drug overdose fatalities were responsible for a loss of .21 years and two and half months. It is also clear that infant mortality is stable and therefore is not accountable for the decreased life span of the average American. The researchers suggest that life expectancy can be increased if adequate measures are taken to prevent opioid-related poisoning deaths.
Demographic of opioid abusers
The current report highlights the role of opioids in exacerbating the current drug crises. Frequent use of opioids as a means for controlling pain is responsible for lifelong dependence, abuse and addiction. The demographic of opioid users is exhaustive. It includes people who have legal prescription for use and students, homemakers and teenagers who are hooked to the drug. Lack of awareness regarding usage can be critical for those who have obtained drugs without a doctor’s prescription.
According to the WHO, people who are at high risk of overdose are people:
- with opioid dependence, in particular following reduced tolerance (following detoxification, release from incarceration, cessation of treatment);
- who inject them;
- who use prescription opioids, particularly the ones habitual of taking higher doses;
- who mix opioids with other sedating substances;
- with medical conditions such as HIV, liver, lung disease or depression;
- at home in possession of opioids (including prescription opioids)
Getting started with detox
Whether one indulges in opioids or illicit drugs on the street, the result is the same. Using drugs for long is responsible for causing disruption in the chemical makeup of the brain. It is possible to mitigate the damage by seeking treatment at the right time.
Detox is the foremost step in weaning off the effects of drug addiction from the body by cleansing it and preparing it for further treatment. The NAD/NTR detox method is an innovative approach , which helps in bringing back the brain to its normal, healthy state by replenishing it with essential nutrients that may have been depleted during substance abuse. This form of detox uses naturally occurring vitamins and amino acids to help restore the body and mind from the damage. In addition, it also controls the withdrawal pangs.
A detox can be effective only when it is administered under the guidance of trained doctors. If you are looking for help, the Florida Detox Helpline is a good resource to get information on some of the finest detox facilities in Florida. You can call at our 24/7 helpline 855-920-9869 or chat online with one of our associates to get information on some of the renowned Florida detox centers.