Drug addiction can have long-term and devastating consequences on a person’s life. Cancer and heart disease rates are higher for drug abusers than non-users, and use can cause increases in impulsiveness and an overall decrease self-control.

These effects wreak additional havoc on younger users whose brains and bodies are still developing through puberty and can be more susceptible to the side-effects of the drugs. This early in life use also sets up the potential for extended use throughout one’s life, adding years and incalculable damage to a person’s health and wellbeing.

Opioid abuse has grown into a nationwide epidemic, and our country’s youth a particularly vulnerable. Hoping to combat this trend and protect these minors, California state lawmakers have moved to limit opioid prescriptions to minors and stop addiction before it starts. The bill, which recently passed Assembly with a 53-0 vote, would limit doctors to prescribing no more than 5 days worth of opioid drugs to minors.

While it does not solve the issue of opioid addiction, this is one step towards protecting more people from the disease, and it will take all of us working together to end the crisis. For those currently suffering and looking to recover from the grips of this painful addiction, Asana Recovery is here to help you towards a happier and healthier future.