As the opioid crisis has intensified and doctors are scrambling to find a solution, many are finding themselves in an awkward position: How do you help those who are struggling with an opioid problem and who can’t access their medicine?
In the past year, the opioid market has grown at an incredible pace, with more than 100,000 Americans dying from overdoses.
The crisis has become a national and international crisis, and the response has been slow and patchy.
A recent New York Times report found that while states have begun scaling back opioid-prescription restrictions, some are not doing enough to help those living in rural communities.
At the same time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is cracking down on states that are still expanding their opioid-treatment programs and is ramping up enforcement efforts.
This has created a delicate situation for those who need medication.
While the federal government has put a halt to new Medicaid expansion in states like Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia, some states are not taking the same steps.
So what can you do if you’re in an opioid-dependent population?
First, you need to understand that the problem of opioid addiction does not have a singular cause.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s a combination of factors, including genetics, family history, family environment and the environment in which a person is raised.
If you or someone you know has an addiction, then there is a chance that they have the genes for opioid use, but they’re also likely to have an environment that fosters opioid abuse, according to Dr. Richard Fennelly, a medical epidemiologist at Emory University in Atlanta.
While it’s easy to blame other factors, Fennella says that genetics is often at play.
“We often hear about things like the effects of smoking, drinking, drug abuse, depression and substance abuse,” he says.
“These all play a role in the risk of developing an addiction.
These things are also likely contributing to an individual’s risk for developing an opioid use disorder.”
For those in rural areas, finding a doctor who can prescribe medications to them is particularly important.
There are so many reasons that a person might choose to get prescriptions for their own pain and that they may not be able to find one that can provide them with the medication they need.
For instance, a family member may not have the prescription to prescribe opioid painkillers for their child, or a doctor might not have enough knowledge about opioids for their patients.
It can be difficult to find an expert that can prescribe opioids, and that’s why so many people are turning to private physicians.
When you are unable to access the medication that you need, your options may be limited.
There are two main ways that you can help the population in need.
First, you can go to your community health centers, which are open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
These providers offer the most comprehensive treatment options for those living with opioid addiction.
They offer pain medication, as well as supportive housing and other support services, to people who can not access treatment at home.
Second, you could go to a pharmacy.
Even if you can’t go to the pharmacy, you may still be able call a local pharmacy and ask them to provide the medication to those in need who are in need of it.
You can also ask a pharmacist at your local pharmacy for a prescription and ask if they will prescribe opioid medications to you.