On the bright side, it’s opening up the job market more!
If you’re a citizen of the United States and too young to get a senior discount on McDonalds coffee, beware! Something’s out to kill you! Not terrorism, not mental illness, not radiation from cell phones (despite what my grandmother may think,) but drug overdoses!
“Of course it’s drugs!” I hear you say. “We need to get those nasty drug dealers off the street, they’re getting our kids addicted to meth!”
Well, while illegal drugs do play a part, here’s some interesting news: Prescription drugs are the real danger!
The year 2016 saw 59,000 deaths due to overdoses, which is a 19% increase from last year. One of the worst-hit states is Ohio, which saw 4,100 deaths last year.
CBS reports: Most of it is tied to heroin or prescription painkillers, often laced with a powerful synthetic opioid known as fentanyl.
In Ohio alone, nearly four billion opioid pills were prescribed across Ohio between 2011 and 2015.
Thomas Gilson, the medical examiner for Cuyahoga County, said: “If you look at how many people die in the country from opiate overdose, we’re looking at the same number of casualties as the entire Vietnam conflict.”
The state of Ohio is now suing five major drug companies for hiding the risk of addiction to their product. So the medicine, i.e. the stuff that’s supposed to make us healthier, is now killing us. Oh, joy!
Now this is something I find really weird. You would think that pill-popping would be the main killer of people over 50, not under it. I mean, old people are the one who stereotypically need pills the most, don’t they?