Drug withdrawals can be debilitating to both the individual overcoming addiction and their families. Most addictions start with over the counter prescription drugs, like Oxycodon and Vicodin—in 2013 1.8 million Americans were classified as having a prescription drug abuse disorder. Overdose deaths involving opioid prescriptions have quadrupled since 1999 and from the years of 1999 to 2014 the death toll hit over 165,000. According the National Institute of Health, people who start drug treatment programs often relapse after the first six months and/or become addicted to the medicines used to treat those drug withdrawals like Benzodiazepines and Methadone. 46 Americans die everyday from overdose of opioids with most of them being over the counter prescriptions, which has some states even declaring a “state of emergency” because of this opioid epidemic.
Each year over 18,000 American Veterans take their own lives. That equates to a little over 50 a day, or 2 every hour. Many of these are overdoses on prescription drugs, taken with the hope of coping with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Too often these drugs end up causing more harm than good in the form of physical side effects or financial cost. Sadly until now, prescription drugs have been the only option open to our military servicemen and women once they return home from war. Thankfully, there is an organization working to change all of that.