Despite increases in the total number of people living with HIV in the U.S. in recent years, the annual number of new infections has remained relatively stable overall. However, HIV infections continue at far too high a level, with approximately 50,000 Americans becoming newly infected with HIV each year. — Brian Mustanski Ph.D.
With about 36.9 million people living HIV, how do we keep ourselves safe? We commonly know that it is transmitted through unprotected sex. However, there are other ways we can get infected. The key is spreading awareness because out of the numbers mentioned above, 1.8 million are children, and most had it even before they were born!
If there is one thing that you need to know about drug addiction, it is the fact that a family member’s addiction is not only the personal problem of that person but of his entire family. The truth of the matter is that you are not responsible for the drug dependency of your brother, sister, mother or father. Regardless of who among them is addicted, your role stays the same. All you have to do is to guide them on the right path.
Over time, a person with opioid use disorder develops habits revolving around their opioid use, eventually leading to the person’s entire life being consumed with either gaining access to their next dose, using it, or trying to recover from their last hit. — John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
Opioids — prescription pain relievers and heroin — are an epidemic in the United States, with millions of people having significantly problematic relationships with this addictive class of drugs. — John M. Grohol, Psy.D.
If there is one thing that is becoming a more significant threat in the United States, it would be opioid overdose. It is now one of the major causes of death in the country with over 115 people dying every day due to overdosing on the said drug. These overdose cases that eventually lead to death is due to the misuse, abuse, and addiction to the drug. It often includes prescription pain relievers, heroin, and fentanyl. Continue reading Opioid Overdose Crisis
Two cities in the US had opened an area wherein heroin addicts can use drugs without being arrested or also known as the safe injection space. These are San Francisco and Philadelphia. While there are now safe injection sites in the cities, it could be a long time before they become a working facility as there have been measures made to prevent more openings of this site. Continue reading Safe Injection Sites: A Fix For Overdose Deaths
If you are using opioids, then, there is a significant risk that you might develop an addiction to it. While how long you have been using it or what your history is of using it is a factor in determining the chances of your dependency on the drug, it cannot be predicted. According to data, opioids are one of the leading causes of overdose deaths in the U.S. Continue reading Opioid Addiction