The opiate and synthetic opioid crisis in America is often looked at in terms of overdose deaths, and indeed the overdose death statistics are pretty frightening. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 67,000 people died from drug overdoses in the United States in 2018, and out of these 70% were due to synthetic opioids and opiates, equivalent to 47,000 deaths in 2018. This translates to 130 opioid overdose deaths per day, which is 5 opioid overdose deaths every hour.
However, these opioid overdose deaths are just the tip of the iceberg. The opioid pandemic is ruining millions of lives in many other ways.
First off, synthetic opioids and opiates are intensely addicting, and the physiological addiction takes over the user’s life. There comes a point where all an opioid user can think of is getting high and obtaining more of the drug, especially since abstaining from the drug for even less than a day leads to terrible withdrawal symptoms.
The addiction is so strong that it becomes more important than the need to eat, love, work, etc. It basically becomes just as much of a need as breathing oxygen. This causes an opioid user to put all their energy into using opioids, and to focus less and less on work and relationships. This leads to opioid users losing their jobs, missing opportunities, and losing relationships with friends and their family.
Further, an opiate and opioid addiction can be extremely expensive. For example, oxycodone and hydrocodone pills usually cost $1 per mg on the street, so a single 10 mg pill is $10. At first a few pills may work for a day, but eventually as tolerance rapidly builds an opioid user will be spending hundreds of dollars per day on pills. This often causes people to switch to Heroin to save money, but eventually the Heroin addiction builds up and costs hundreds of dollars a day as well.
The extreme cost of opioid addiction causes users to burn through their savings, income, and to start pawning off all of their personal property, and ultimately opioid users often lose their house as well.
In a worst case scenario, which happens a lot, an opioid user will end up having no money to their name, and no income either since their addiction was so strong that they couldn’t work properly, yet that opioid user will still have a need for hundreds of dollars per day of drugs. Even someone who has never stolen in their life is likely to start stealing from everywhere possible if they find themselves in this situation, destroying all of their relationships and opportunities, and possibly landing them in jail.
Additionally, buying opioids on the street is obviously highly illegal, and if the user is ever caught with the opioids on them they will go to prison for years. If they get a lucky break and only get probation, they will likely end up in prison anyways since probation performs constant drug testing.
Aside from all of these economic and legal reasons as to why opioids are destructive, numerous opioid users have overdosed but survived, and that may leave them with permanent physical damage to their brain and body.
If this article did not make it clear enough, opioid users eventually find themselves in a living hell where they are in extreme poverty with no food and no place to sleep, have no friends and family, are constantly at the risk of overdosing, and constantly at the risk of being locked up by the police.
Essentially, the 50,000 opioid overdose deaths per year in the United States is tragic, but it is just the tip of the iceberg, since millions of other Americans are trapped in a living hell due to synthetic opioids and opiates.
Fortunately, there is a solution. Kratom is literally a leaf from the Mitragyna Speciosa tree, and it naturally contains the opioid alkaloids Mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine. The special thing about Kratom is that it can provide powerful pain relief, relaxation, and euphoria like opioids, but it is an atypical opioid and a partial opioid agonist, meaning it does not cause respiratory suppression, and therefore has practically zero overdose risk, and it carries very little addiction potential relative to opiates and synthetic opioids.
Indeed, 15 million Americans use Kratom as an alternative to synthetic opioids and opiates, yet there has never been a death scientifically proven to be due to Kratom in history.
Further, even people who are taking the heaviest opioids like Heroin, Oxycodone, and Methadone can switch to Kratom with relative ease, and there are a handful of stories about that in the article at this link.
Finally, Kratom only costs $1 a day when purchasing from quality vendors like Amazing Botanicals, so anyone can afford to take Kratom every day without it causing financial problems.
Thus, the opioid crisis in America kills roughly 50,000 people per year due to overdoses, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Synthetic opioid and opiate addiction is so powerful it robs people of their potential, their family, their friends, and all of their worldly possessions, plunging them into a literal hell. Fortunately, Kratom is an excellent alternative to synthetic opioids and opiates, since it provides opioid effects but simultaneously has little addiction potential, practically zero overdose risk, and is quite affordable since it only costs $1 a day, and that is why Kratom is helping millions of Americans with chronic pain and opioid dependence to get their life back.
Indeed, the way I look at it is that every person with chronic pain and opioid dependence who switches to Kratom is essentially a life that is saved, and that is why I’m so passionate about spreading Kratom knowledge far and wide.