The concept of “sex, drugs, and rock and roll” has saturated the music industry since it’s start. What starts as experimentation oftentimes evolves into a serious issue with devastating consequences. A major shift in the music industry has contributed to a massive promotion of substance abuse, to the point that it leans towards making it acceptable to live in active addiction. The drug use is actually viewed as an asset or a marketing tool, which almost makes it mandatory to merge it into the lyrical content. As stated in several media outlets, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50.
Missing in the media coverage of the unrelenting legions of drug overdose deaths in the United States is an equally important but less heralded story. What subsequently happens to people who experience a drug overdose but are successfully rescued through emergency medical intervention? What is their fate after they leave the hospital or other emergency care setting? New grassroots recovery community organizations (RCOs) are collaborating with first responders and hospitals to influence such outcomes.
Researchers examined six years worth of death certificates to determine the accuracy of opioid-related death statistics for a new study. The overdose epidemic may be vastly underestimated, according to a new study out of the University of Virginia. A closer look at death certificates from 2008 to 2014 led Dr. Christopher Ruhm to the conclusion that opioid death rates could be 24% higher than previously estimated. “Opioid and heroin involved mortality rates were 24% and 22% greater than reported rates,” the study says. “The differences varied across states, with particularly large effects in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Louisiana.”