A couple of weeks ago, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a report on the safety of gasoline advertising.
The report, which looked at the gaslighting of millions of people, concluded that while the ads were “safe,” the “messages conveyed in them were not.”
In addition, “the ads were not targeted at people who are at higher risk for addiction and/or substance use disorders, but at the average American,” according to the report.
The researchers also found that the ads had the potential to have “serious consequences for public health.”
It is a dangerous time for Americans.
In the first six months of 2017, the number of people using prescription painkillers more than tripled, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC also reported that in 2017, there were nearly 5.4 million new cases of opioid overdose, a number that is expected to rise to more than 7.4 billion by the end of 2020.
The numbers don’t end there.
In May, the CDC also released the results of a nationwide survey on the dangers of the opioid epidemic, which found that more than 50 million Americans were struggling with addiction, and that at least 3 million of those were young people, particularly black and Latino youth.
The CDC is calling for a national national conversation about the opioid crisis, and its findings should be the starting point for discussions on what to do about it.
If you or anyone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-TALK or visit CNNHealth.com/NAMI for the latest information.
A national conversation is a good thing, especially for those who live in rural areas or areas that are struggling economically.
However, there is a big difference between having a national conversation and actually having a meaningful conversation about what the opioid problem is, and what we need to do to help address it.
“The problem is systemic,” said Dr. Jeffrey Fauci, chief of addiction medicine at Yale University.
“It is not a one-time thing.”
Dr. Fauczis co-authored a report last year called “The Pain-Cured Society: How Pain and the Brain Changed the World,” which found the opioid addiction epidemic is far more widespread than the CDC estimated.
“We’ve never had a comprehensive look at the opioid use and overdose epidemic in the United States.
We’ve never been able to answer the question: What are the barriers to recovery?”
“It’s really important to start from the bottom and work our way up,” said Fauccis, whose group also works with the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
“There is a very, very low-risk population who are vulnerable, and we can’t do anything about that until we start addressing those barriers.”
For those struggling with substance abuse, the report also found many of the problems facing people living with opioid addiction aren’t new.
According to the CDC, the majority of people who used prescription opioids were white, and a large majority of the people who died from the opioid drug overdose were African-American.
Many of those people had been exposed to the painkiller drug on a regular basis.
Facing opioid addiction is a huge challenge, but it isn’t a new problem.
There have been a number of opioid overdoses across the country since 2009, when the opioid painkiller epidemic took off, including a large number of deaths.
The problem is the opioid is still a very powerful painkiller, and it has a much lower mortality rate than heroin, which can kill up to 90 percent of its victims.
The epidemic has also made it hard for people to access care.
For many people who need to get pain medication, that means going to a doctor for an exam or prescription drug, which is extremely expensive.
There is also an ongoing opioid addiction crisis that can put people in danger if they do get addicted.
“Many people with opioid-related pain are going to have to continue to be in treatment for addiction, which in turn is going to put them at risk for overdose,” said the CDC’s Faucci.
“They have a much higher mortality rate from overdose.
The risk of dying from an overdose is higher than the risk of death from opioid-associated pain.”
For these reasons, people who live or work in rural and low-income areas are particularly vulnerable.
“When you live in a rural area, and there is no treatment, you are more vulnerable to opioid addiction, because there are people in your community who are dependent on opioids for their livelihood,” said Scott Schreiber, a professor at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.
“You are living in a community where there is an epidemic of opioid addiction that is really putting people at risk.”
If you think about how the opioid abuse crisis has affected rural America, it can be hard to fathom how much of a problem it really is.
There are people who can