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Opioids: Timeline of an American Addiction [INFOGRAPHIC]

Author: Libby Peck

Lately, the news has been inundated with stories about the opioid crisis happening across America.

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Lately, the news has been inundated with stories about the opioid crisis happening across America. Whether it’s a federal government update on how officials plan to tackle this public health issue or tragic tales of overdoses taking over quiet communities, sometimes it feels like you can’t escape hearing about opioids.

This class of drugs, which includes prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl, is constantly newsworthy because it’s a prevalent part of modern American life. The opioid epidemic doesn’t discriminate by gender, race, or socioeconomic status, and statistics suggest that you or someone you love are already directly affected by it.

So how did the United States get to this point? We put together a timeline of the emergency sweeping the country so you can better understand how the rate of opioid addiction rose so quickly and just how many people are suffering from it. 

To learn how you can get help with beating your or a loved one's addiction to opioids, contact a care advocate any time at  sunspirehealth.com.

Topics: Addiction