A Tribute to the 175 Lives Taken Daily by Opioid Abuse
Opioid abuse, the opioid epidemic, the opioid crisis; whatever you want to call it, it’s affecting people in every corner of the country. Opioids and opiates are taking the lives of over 175 people in America every single day. And, while the President has declared the issue a public health emergency, the government has done little to provide individuals with the help and support they need to get free from opioid and opiate addiction and prevent the number of overdoses experienced in our country on a daily basis.
Here at Simple Path Recovery, we know that a life of recovery is possible for those struggling with opiate and opioid abuse. But, without providing individuals who need it with the means or even education to understand that recovery is possible, more people will keep dying. We believe that spreading awareness for the effects of the opioid epidemic by talking about the lives taken every day can eventually persuade our politicians to do something about what’s happening. So, in this post, we aim to give the opioid epidemic a face and honor the lives taken by opioid abuse.
Who Opioid Abuse Affects and Why Awareness is Needed
Spreading awareness about opioid abuse can help to save lives. With all of the death caused by opioids and opiates seen every day, there needs to be something done. Not enough people are aware of the overwhelming potency of narcotic medications, the additives of Fentanyl to street heroin, and the likeliness of developed addiction with a single use of these drugs. And, even when told about these dangers, individuals still may not be persuaded that opioids and opiates are really that great of an issue.
Spreading the stories and pictures of individuals who have lost their lives provides hope that people who encounter them may understand that these people weren’t just drug addicts, they were loved ones. They weren’t just people who chose to use drugs; they were mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and good people. They’re not monsters of the night; they’re pastors, police officers, high school students, lawyers, doctors, paramedics, counselors, and every level of social existence. There is no one demographic being taken by opioid abuse. Additionally, there is not one person who has died during this declared opioid epidemic that hasn’t mattered. Every single individual who has lost their life from the battle of an opioid or opiate addiction deserves to have their story shared. This way, they are not just another numbered statistic; they are the spark that brought about the awareness that we hope will be successful in preventing countless others from losing their lives too.
Helping us Spread Awareness by Sharing Your Story
If you have lost a loved one to opioid abuse or addiction, you’re not alone. Your loved one lived a life which should be commemorated. And, what better way than to be an advocate for preventing future overdose deaths? Here at Simple Path Recovery, we invite any and all who have been touched by a life lost due to opioid abuse to jump on board with our opioid abuse awareness efforts. Our online campaign, #175, represents the 175 fatalities due to opioids or opiates our nation experiences every single day. By sharing your loved one’s story, name, and photograph using the hashtag #175, you’re teaming with a number of other individuals who have lost people due to this horrific epidemic.
For so many, 175 is just a number. But, to those who have lost a loved one due to opioids or opiates, it represents a loss to live with each and every day. The #175 campaign is designed to bring reality to the devastating opioid epidemic which not only affects the 175 lives taken daily but each one of their family members and friends. Putting a face to the numbers gives the crisis an identity; not a stigma. Far too often, the opioid epidemic may not be on someone’s mind until one of their own loved ones are affected. But, it shouldn’t be the case! Everyone should know the severity of this problem so that we can hold our government accountable for providing the help that’s needed.
If you have been affected by the opioid epidemic by losing a loved one, we want to invite you to take part in our #175 campaign. On our social media pages, we’ve been encouraging those who have lost a loved one to opioid abuse to share their story, image, and dates of lost loved ones. This way, we can hope that all of the faces posted are seen by individuals within our government who can actually do something. And, rather than being just a statistic, it’s noted that our lost loved ones were, in fact, special and unique individuals with a heart and soul. While we tag our Congressmen and women and other various politicians who have promised to make the initiative of developing a solution to this mass epidemic, we hope you’ll share your story with the others who have also lost their loved ones using the hashtag #175.
Additionally, if you or someone you know needs help with an opioid or opiate addiction, now is the time to get help. With so many people dying of overdose each day, you don’t know which dose will be your last. Don’t give up hope; get the help you need today by enrolling in treatment at Simple Path Recovery. Call us now at 855-467-3625.