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Most people are aware of opioid addiction’s impact on a personal level. However, the cost of opioid addiction goes beyond those grappling with the disease. Its impact can be felt, in part, by everyone. That’s because the opioid epidemic has far-reaching consequences, even having an adverse effect on the nation’s economy.
The danger of opioids is evident through the economic fallout from heroin and prescription painkiller abuse. The Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) estimates that this crisis has cost the U.S. $2.5 trillion over four years from 2015 to 2018. By the end of 2020, that number is expected to rise by another $500 billion.
Understanding the economic variables associated with the opioid epidemic is crucial to finding better interventions to combat this crisis.
When it comes to opioid addiction, it’s difficult to weigh its impact in dollars and cents. However, the trillions spent shows that the opioid crisis is having a nationwide impact on America’s economy.
You may be wondering how the CEA calculated this number. There are a variety of factors to consider when weighing the opioid epidemic’s effect on our economy, including:
Governments, businesses and independent community organizations are playing a role in finding a solution to our nation’s opioid crisis. Although we have yet to discover a single solution, there are many factors being considered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to help treat and prevent opioid addiction, including:
One of the leading clinical intervention methods is medication-assisted treatment (MAT). This approach involves the use of drugs like methadone and buprenorphine to help patients manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings. For example, MAT is widely credited with dramatically reducing France’s opioid fatality rate over the past two decades.
While the economic impact of opioid addiction may seem staggering, the solution must happen in small steps. Each time a person struggling with opioid addiction gets the help they need, their recovery serves as a source of hope and encouragement to others.
At Health Care Resource Centers, we offer medication-assisted treatment supported by professional substance abuse counseling. Our comprehensive treatment plans address physical dependency on opioids as well as the mental and emotional effects addiction has on a patient’s life.
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