What are Opioids?
Most of the population does not understand the vast amount of addictive substances that opioids entail. Most hear the word opioid and automatically assume heroine. However, the opioid epidemic is much broader; opioids include many types of drugs, illegal and legal:
Majority of these opioids listed above are prescribed by a doctor, legally. With this being the case opioids are affecting everyone in the United States. Athletes, elderly, young adults, and more of the population that has ever had to have pain management medication are at risk to misuse substances.
Stories to Learn From
The opioid crisis is a public health and economic crisis that is eroding the quality of life for Alabama residents. People are dying and families are being devastated. It impacts every sector of our economy, including healthcare, education, business, and local governments. The opioid crisis recognizes no neighborhood, no race, and no class. It is neither limited to backstreets in urban settings nor isolated in rural communities.
The Opioid Epidemic affects us all. Now is the time to work together to end this once and for all.
In order to make progress, it is important that we all understand opioid addiction and what we can do individually to take action.
Opioid addiction doesn’t just happen; 4 out of 5 of heroin users it starts with a dependence on prescription painkillers.
The U.S. is among the largest painkiller consumers in the world. Alabama is tied for first place for the number of opiate prescriptions per person. Opiates are commonly prescribed for everything from dental work to sports injuries. When medically necessary use turns into addiction, and a legal source of supply is no longer available, illegally purchased pills become expensive and hard to get. Heroin is cheap and readily accessible.
Below are 6 short videos that dive into the issue, and keep scrolling for KNOW DOPE: The Documentary.
Watch the 12 minute video below
If you’ve watched the videos and want to tell others about the issue, check out the additional videos and discussion questions we’ve put together.