Opioid Epidemic Getting Deadlier

Opioid Epidemic Getting Deadlier

Opioid Epidemic Getting Deadlier

 

The drug opioid crisis in our country has been a large concern since 2015, when there were record breaking overdose tolls. Each year since, it has gotten significantly worse. In 2016, there were over 50,000 deaths due to drugs, and over 30,000 of them specifically to heroin and prescription opiates. Statistics collected throughout our current year has 2017 pacing for the highest numbers yet.

A problem once experienced in inner cities is now spreading like cancer throughout our nation’s entirety. One in six people are personally affected by a substance addiction, whether it be alcohol, prescription pills, or cocaine. The chronic disease of addiction is a brain disease that has no satisfaction factor. The drug user will always want more, there is nothing as great as the first use and the user will always be constantly searching for that first sensational high. Our country is currently facing an epidemic with opioid drugs stemming from the pharmaceutical companies huge push in the late 90s, we are feeling the effects still today.

Common Opioid Currently Abused:

  • Morphine
  • Oxycodone
  • Heroin
  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Hydrocodone

*Note: Heroin is an opioid, but is not an FDA approved drug, heroin is often mixed and cut with various ingredients that makes the drug even more lethal than prescription painkillers.

Common Opioid Brand Names:

  • OxyContin
  • Percocet
  • Vicodin
  • Dilaudid

Opioid use and abuse has become so common that 91 people are dying daily because of opioid overdoses. Heroin abuse is at an all-time high and increasing daily, and now we are dealing with other deadly opioid substances that are even more potent and lethal.

New drugs we have seen on the rise are fentanyl and carfentanil, these are said to be 10,000 more potent than morphine. With drugs this potent, people are getting ahold of bad batches and cities can see dozens of overdose deaths within a 24 hour period that are terrifying local emergency services.  The dangers with these drugs is they are being sold on the street so there are no FDA regulations and people are receiving doses that are lethal. We have seen overdoses in children who have just come in contact with the drug and through skin absorbtion have died without ingestion. These statistics are shocking and there are many things as a nation that must be done in order to combat this crisis.

Opioid Dependence Treatment

Opioid rehabs and heroin addiction treatment are the only way for the user to properly get the help needed to overcome their drug problem. There are a number of credible drug rehabs that combine therapy with medication regulated detoxification so the addict can have a chance at a normal life. The chance of relapse reduces the more time that is spent in addiction treatment. There are various levels of care for addiction treatment, the most important foundation and starting point is a medical detox. In-patient care is suggested for those battling drugs to remove them from the current situation of their life and put them under monitored 24-7 supervision so they will not have the chance to abuse any illicit substance.

Opioid Addiction Treatment at Daylight

At Daylight Detox and Recovery we believe each client should receive an individualized treatment care plan according to their needs. Depending on drug use, choice of drug, and time period of use, each detox and recovery plan is different.

We believe in treating the mind, body and soul. Throughout our treatment model, a client will go from detoxification to reintegration with society and learn how to properly function in the world without having to rely on drugs and other illicit substances. Proper healing takes time, we believe that most clients need a treatment plan well over the 30 day standard, that is why we offer an IOP after initial treatment. Intensive Outpatient is perfect for those now back in society, working and maintaining relationships to have therapy still integrated into their life. The level of accountability in early recovery is important to prevent any chance of relapse. For more information on Daylight Detox and Recovery’s Opioid Treatment Program, call us: (800) 518-5205.

 

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