Check out the highlights of the webinar below:
The opioid epidemic by numbers in 2016
- 116 people died every day from opioid-related drug overdoses.
- 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids.
- 42,249 people died from overdosing on opioids.
- 2.1 million people had an opioid use disorder.
- 948,000 people used heroin.
- 170,000 people used heroin for the first time.
- 2.1 million people misused prescription opioids for the first time.
- 17,087 deaths attributed to overdosing on commonly prescribed opioids.
- 19,413 deaths attributed to overdosing on synthetic opioids other than methadone.
- 15,469 deaths attributed to overdosing on heroin.
- 504 billion in economic costs.
“In 2012, 259 million opioid pain medication prescriptions were written – that’s enough painkillers for every American to have a bottle of the pills.” – NPR
Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times stronger than morphine.
“59,000 to 65,000 Americans died due to drug overdoses last year.” – CDC, 2018
How Your Brain Reacts to Addiction
Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder discovered:
“Addiction therapy should not only target brain chemicals – it should also target the immune system and inflammation.”
Other research points out that inflammation in both the gut and liver – common in alcoholics – leads to inflammation in the brain. In animal studies, compounds that shut down this inflammatory “pathway” could reduce signs of alcohol dependence. Microglia have opioid receptors. Opioid drugs – such as heroin, morphine, Vicodin, and Percocet – as well as alcohol, methamphetamine, and cocaine provoke inflammation in the brain. These substances are also notoriously addictive.
Addiction is Brain Inflammation
Stem Cell Administration Inhibits Relapse-like Alcohol Drinking in Rats “Brain inflammation and oxidative stress are known to self-perpetuate each other, creating conditions which promote a long-lasting relapse risk.” “Within 48 hours of a single intravenous stem cell treatment the rats had reduce their alcohol intake by 90 percent.” – Alcohol and Alcoholism, Volume 52, Issue 1, 1 January 2017