Recent studies paint a mixed picture of addiction trends in Texas. By many measures, the Lone Star State fares better than the rest of the nation, trailing the national averages and its surrounding states in illicit drug use and overdoses. But there are some troubling measures in the statistics, too — specifically in the significant increase in overdose deaths over the last two decades.
The prescription drug problem in the United States has become an epidemic. Around 2.1 million Americans used drugs non-medically for the first time last year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health . The problem is, prescription drug addiction can happen to anyone. It affects people of all ages, genders, and backgrounds. […]
Drug overdose deaths have become such a serious problem that they are now cutting the nation’s life expectancy. Figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put drug overdose deaths at 63,600 in 2016—up from around 52,000 the previous year—with a full two-thirds of those occurring from opioid addiction. These are devastating […]