The Opioid Epidemic
Over 130 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. In 2021 alone, over 100,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose. The U.S. has been resilient when it comes to recovering from recessions, wars, and pandemics. It’s time we recover from the Opioid crisis and treat it as a disease. Many factors can contribute to an individual becoming addicted to opioids including mental health disorders, family history, chronic pain, etc, but there is one major factor that the majority of addictions can be traced back to: prescription painkillers.
75% of patients treated for heroin addiction report that their first opioid was a prescription. Prescription opioids like Vicodin, OxyContin, and Codeine are too readily available. The current legal opioid dispensing rate in the U.S. is 43.3 prescriptions per 100 people, a rate that directly correlates to the high number of overdoses. Instead of putting blame on addicts, we should consider the underlying issue: corrupt manufacturing and high dispensing rates.
From a young age, art and design have had a constant presence in Sydney’s life. Since pursuing a BSD degree at ASU, graphic design had been at the forefront of Sydney’s career path. Her passion for branding and storytelling guides her creative process. With her background in design and marketing, Sydney’s goal is to create brands that cultivate financial success and tell meaningful stories.