The Texas House Committee members met on April 17, 2018, to discuss the rising rate of deaths due to the ongoing menace of opioid crisis. According to the experts, the rate of opioid overdose deaths has been consistently increasing by 10 percent every year since 2014. They said fentanyl and heroin were the major contributors to the rising death rate. Matt Feehery from the Houston’s Memorial Hermann Prevention and Recovery Center, apprised the legislators that a variety of treatment choices should be available for tackling the newer challenges posed by synthetic drugs like fentanyl.
Given the lower positive outcomes due to the abstinence from substances, he further added that many state and federal responses are focusing on harm reduction. This strategy is playing a crucial role in preventing the incidence of unintentional deaths by decreasing the prevalence of communicable diseases (e.g. AIDS and hepatitis C) and keeping tabs on criminal activities due to opioid abuse. There were 1,174 opioid-related deaths in Texas in 2015, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Adverse effects of opioids The above rise in opioid overdose deaths due to the foray of deadlier synthetic drugs like fentanyl that is manufactured clandestinely, the need of the hour is to spread awareness about the impact of such drugs. As such, opioids are tied to various adverse effects. Some of them are:
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The long-term use of opioids not only causes physical harm but also affects a person psychologically, socially, professionally, financially, etc. Thus, one must seek treatment at addiction drug rehabs.
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