The CDC released a chart of life expectancy from which is decreasing abnormally. The government concludes that opioid is one of the causes of the Americans life expectancy decreasing all over the country. The source of the opioid crisis may be the abuse of prescribed medications such as “…Methadone, LAAM, buprenorphine, naltrexone…despite the effectiveness of the medications.” according to Thomas R. Kosten, M.D. and Tony P. George M.D. on a PMC article and also oxycodone and hydrocodone according to the CDC Overdose Data. These medications are synthetic or semi-natural opiates called opioid. They could have the same effect on the brain as a natural opioid and cause an addiction if someone abuses of them. The natural version of opioid comes from “the poppy papaver somniferum is the source of all natural opioids” stated by the department of justice.
source: CDC WONDER
Concerning the District’s area the opioid crisis is getting known in Maryland more than any other states around including the District of Colombia, by number Maryland has reached as high as 20.9 per 100,000 , D.C. reached 18.6 and Virginia has the lowest death rate at 12.4 population according Henry J. Kaiser foundation data on opioid overdose death rates. Among the states with the highest risk to enter a major crisis of opioid in the next years Maryland appear with Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, Florida , Louisiana , Maine , Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, West Virginia with the highest rate nationally of 41.5 , Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode island, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Washington (CDC data). Also below show the crisis took the life of over 25,000 people life from 2002 to 2015, meanwhile the progression shows that the crisis could lead to more death if any prevention do not start soon.
In Maryland, the Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive 01.01.2017.02 declaring the state of emergency all across Maryland, along with the Lt governor Boyd Rutherford announcing 50 millions in funding to help prevent and overcome the crisis in Maryland ( Bha.health.maryland.gov ) the Governor is taking big steps and the Marylander hope toward the end of the situation. Mayor Bowser is working in order to prevent the crisis to expand in the District of Colombia by expanding the Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT). The expansion of the MAT is supposed to provide counseling and medications to stop the cravings of opioids ( DC.gov ). The mayor granted the MAT with 2 millions dollars to support their efforts toward recovery. The Governor McAuliffe has declared the state of emergency and create a campaigned named: REVIVE! Opioid overdose and naxolone education for Virginia ( Virginia.gov ). The Virginia officials hope to include the population in their path to recovery from an opioid crisis.