This social club is open to all senior men, meets weekly and includes speakers and social events. Come to try us out as a guest for the day! Contact Roni Vilseck at 412-741-9622 ext. 122 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining the Senior Men’s Club. At the Y, we believe healthy living has as much to do with pursuing interests, passions and learning new things as it does with eating healthy and being active. Our minds and spirits need stimulus and enrichment, and we get so much more from life when we find things and people that inspire us.
WHERE: Hunter Gym
WHEN: Friday 9 a.m.
TIME: 9 - 10 a.m. (Social hour with coffee and donuts) | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Speaker presentation)
Coffee and donuts served prior to the start of each meeting.
July 6 – Shawn Brokos, FBI Agent: “The Opioid Crisis”
The opioid crisis (or opioid epidemic) refers to the rapid increase in the use of prescription and non-prescription opioid drugs in the United States and Canada, beginning in the late 1990s and continuing throughout the next two decades. Opioids are a diverse class of moderately strong painkillers, including oxycodone (sold under the trade names OxyContin and Percocet, hydrocodone (Vicodin), and a powerful painkiller, fentanyl, which is synthesized to resemble other opiates such as opium-derived morphine and heroin.
When initially introduced into the market, manufacturers claimed these pain-killing drugs to be safe and non-addictive. Relying on those declarations, professionals in the medical and dental fields prescribed them liberally. Their use became wide-spread and common, contributing to the proliferation and spread of the addiction.
The potency and availability of these substances, despite their high risk of addiction and overdose, have made them famous both as formal medical treatments and as recreational drugs. Due to their sedative effects on the part of the brain which regulates breathing (the respiratory center of the medulla oblongata), opioids in high doses present the potential for respiratory depression and may cause respiratory failure and death.
Drug overdoses have since become the leading cause of death of Americans under 50, with two-thirds of those deaths from opioids. In 2016, over 64,000 Americans died from overdoses, 21 percent more than the almost 53,000 in 2015. By comparison, the figure was 16,000 in 2010, and 4,000 in 1999. While death rates varied by state, public health experts estimate that nationwide over 500,000 people could die from the epidemic over the next 10 years. The outbreak cost the United States an estimated $504 billion in 2015.
This disaster has prompted the federal government to become actively engaged in criminal and civil enforcement against manufacturers, pharmacists, and prescribers of opioid medication. State professional boards and legislatures are seeking to restrict access to medicines to curb what has been labeled the “opioid crisis.” Those healthcare professionals not taking precautionary measures are now at risk for significant criminal and professional penalties.
Senior Men’s Club speaker on July 6th will be FBI Agent Shawn Brokos, who will talk more about this tragedy and how she is involved in the federal attempts to suppress it.