WEB Notes: Of course it is getting worse. We live in a world where we are told, ‘if it feels good do it’. Drugs may give you a high, but you come down off that high and reality sets in. You become broke, drive away your family and in the end depressed. Drugs are not the answer, they will not help you. People who take drugs wish to escape reality, but you cannot escape this world. Instead of seeking an artificial escape, open your Father’s Word. Talk to Him and reach out to Him. He changes lives and makes them happy and complete.
Drug overdose deaths in 2016 most likely exceeded 59,000, the largest annual jump ever recorded in the United States, according to preliminary data compiled by The New York Times.
The death count is the latest consequence of an escalating public health crisis: opioid addiction, now made more deadly by an influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. Our estimate of 62,500 deaths would be a 19 percent increase over the 52,404 recorded in 2015.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under 50, and all evidence suggests the problem has continued to worsen in 2017.