We’re losing more and more of our loved ones to overdose. The rate of drug-related deaths in the past few years has skyrocketed to record-breaking levels. In 2000, there were about 17,000 drug overdose deaths in America. That number grew to over 63,000 in 2016, which was the highest recorded yet. However, even that record was topped again in 2017, with over 72,000 overdose deaths. How do we stop this ever-growing problem? One way is through education. We need to be aware of (and help others to be aware of) the signs of drug use in order to combat the epidemic sweeping our country. When it comes to your friends and family members, be on the lookout for the following changes: Isolation – Are they isolating themselves from friends or family who don’t drink or do drugs?