The Time is Now
According to the CDC, overdoses kill more Americans than car crashes or guns – and experts say the crisis hasn’t peaked. Since 2000, the rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%, including a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids (opioid pain relievers and heroin). From 2000-2014 nearly half a million persons in the US have died from drug overdoses.
Opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can affect anyone. It could be a friend, co-worker, a spouse, a brother, a sister, or a parent. If you or someone you know may be dependent on opioids, it’s very important to remember you are not alone. Help is available.
STEVEN V GUPTA, MD
*ABOM affiliated with the American Board of Medical Specialties.
The specialty recognition identified herein has been received from a private organization not affiliated with or recognized by the Florida Board of Medicine.
American Academy of Family Physicians
Florida Medical Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine
American Academy of Pain Management
Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians