The opioid epidemic is about taking pain medication for non-cancer pain, which are pain that are not terminal. People also use opioid for other reasons when they are not sick. Those who use it liken it to smoking and drinking.
Heroin is an extremely addictive Opioid drug.
Using drugs help people forget about the emotional pain of their hardship. But the power of the drug takes away their ability to work and think wisely when they need to.