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A. Chantelle Cornett ENG102-04-OLC-1819-2 - English Composition II 10/11/18 When you hear the word drug overdose what do you envision? Do you think of the addict with the needle sticking out of their arm as the paramedics arrive, the teenager who has taken handfuls of pills to escape the bullying they experience daily, or maybe your favorite celebrity who has smoked, drank and shot up till they died? What about the word suicide? Does that also bring gruesome images? Could suicide be an escape from the harsh reality of living with chronic pain? Some chronic pain sufferers would tell you that if they no longer have access to the medication that helps regulate their pain, they would rather kill themselves. When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency , he noted that “last year we lost at least 64,000 Americans to overdoses.”[Wil171] An analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the toll at 64,070 in 2015. What gets mentioned less frequently in these overwhelming figures is that a substantial number of opioid deaths/overdoses are considered to be suicides. In that same year, 4,837 opioid- related fatalities were coded as “intentional self-poisoning” — 9% of all deaths. [Wil171] Is this number acceptable? With all the new government regulations on pain medications, to try and control the opioid epidemic, patients with chronic pain are being pushed into situations of life and death. They are having to chose between a life full of pain and possible non-functionality or death. Many of them are choosing death, for what good is life if you can not have a decent quality of life.
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A. Chantelle Cornett ENG102-04-OLC-1819-2 - English Composition II 10/11/18 Let’s take my cousin Michele for example. A beautiful wife, mother of two young children, educated and successful lawyer. Her life was like a white picket fence kind of perfect until it all came crashing down. All through elementary
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