Opioid is a substance that is illegal in a few countries. This substance is considered as a drug when not used through a medical prescription. Opioid use has been increasing lately due to the fact that it reliefs pain and stress; which is why most opioid users are cancer patients.
However, a recent study have shown that the high use of opioid is actually related to a high spread of infectious diseases spreading. The study conducted by a team from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, and the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore was published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases.
These infectious diseases are very dangerous including HIV and AIDS, which is why a decrease in the use of harmful substances, including opioid should be handled. Results show that almost 400,000 people in the United States alone have overdosed from opioid up to the level of fatality. This number has been increasing ever since 1997, making a total of 47,600 from the total sample dying in only 2017.
The spreading of the disease has led to a catastrophe that should be controlled. Different bodies are working on releasing campaigns that will spread awareness on the issue, hoping to find a decrease in the number. Opioid might be helpful through medical prescriptions and at certain events, however, it should only be taken through care.