According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the opioid epidemic is growing larger and deadlier each year. Prescription opioids are commonly abused because they are so addictive. The “addiction” is caused by the opioids binding to areas of the brain that control pain and emotions that increases the levels of dopamine, a natural hormone our brain produces, giving an intense feeling of euphoria. As the brain becomes familiar with such feelings, it often requires more of the drug to produce the same levels of pain relief and “well-being.” This leads to a dependence on these drugs, which can possibly lead to an addiction to the drugs.
At Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., we understand how prescription opioid addiction can put someone’s life on hold or tragically cut it short. The opioid epidemic gets increasingly worse year after year, as statistics demonstrate. When major pharmaceutical companies benefit from pushing these drugs on to the market, they put the lives of innocent people at risk. We’re not afraid to hold them accountable for what they’ve done. For a free consultation with our team of attorneys, contact us today.
2018 NSDUH Annual National Report
Drug and Opioid-Involved Overdose Deaths — United States, 2017–2018