Drug abuse in the US continues to rise at an alarming rate. A 2018 report from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that overall drug overdose deaths rose by 9.6% from the year before, and deaths involving synthetic opioids increased by 45% in the same time period. Overdose deaths have skyrocketed in the country from 1999-2017 with no end in sight for the epidemic.
Almost all drugs cause sensations of pleasure or euphoria if abused, leading the user to continue chasing a “high” even as they put themselves at risk by increasing the dosage. Whenever we feel a pleasurable experience, a burst of dopamine is released in the brain that signals something important is happening — something that needs to be repeated again. This makes it easy for people to form a drug habit quickly, even while they think they have their usage under control.