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Running head: OPIOIDS BILL
Opioids are the category of drugs that include all of the illegal drugs such as heroin as
well as pain relieving drugs prescribed legally, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine,
morphine among others (Kennedy et al., 2016). Opioid addiction is real and long-lasting
condition and can cause significant, economic, social and health problems. Opioids function by
changing the brain’s communication centers and ultimately end up causing their effects in the
long run (Kennedy et al., 2016). In the United States, the subject of opioids has been an issue of
concern, and this prompted the Congress and the president to pass and sign landmark legislation
of combating the opioid crisis. This is because they were convinced that the bill would help in
It is estimated that opioids killed an estimate of about 49,000 Americans in the year 2017
and this included a total of 2200 Californians (Kennedy et al., 2016). Additionally, many
children were harmed and those that existed in the foster care systems, those born with neonatal
abstinence syndrome, young adults and many more others that became opioids addicts w...