Join Together Northern Nevada Staff
As I look back on my career I think about some of the "drug epidemics" America has gone through. Some of these include heroin in the 1960s and 70s, LSD in the 70s, cocaine in the 80s, and more recently, methamphetamines. These are all drug trends that the media and popular culture have used to send shock waves through our collective consciousness by showing graphic details of illicit drug use, crime, babies affected by mother's drug use while pregnant, and more.Today, we still face challenges with all of the drugs I've named. But as we speak, a "new" trend is coming upon us and it's one that at first glance doesn't look so threatening. That is, the illicit use and abuse of prescription drugs, particularly the Opioids, which include drugs such as Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Methadone, and more. These are all powerful painkillers that have great potential use in treating many ailments and controlling pain.