By David Mittleman

Addiction and Overdoses Have Skyrocketed

Opiates are a class of drugs derived from the poppy plant and include heroin, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone, oxycodone, and similar compounds. Over the last twenty years, opiate medications have been prescribed in huge numbers to combat conditions such as chronic pain. Unfortunately, these medications are susceptible to abuse and misuse. As the availability of opiates and opioids has increased, so have emergency room visits and deaths related to overdose. And while the epidemic occasionally makes headlines when a celebrity such as Prince succumbs to overdose, it quietly …read more