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Opioid Addiction Statistics: America’s Epidemic

Opioid Addiction StatisticsAccording to the CDC, drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. That means drug related deaths have surpassed car accidents. It is time we start really looking at these opioid addiction statistics and start addressing the real problem – the disease of addiction. This can be accomplished through prevention, education, and treatment. There is a solution, but we must come together and that means real work has to be done in order to help our nation recover.

Opioid Addiction Statistics

According to research collected by the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) in 2016.

  • Drug overdose is America’s leading cause of accidental death.
  • 52,404 drug overdose deaths were reported in 2015.
  • Of those 52,404 deaths, 20,101 were from synthetic opioids, such as prescription painkillers.
  • 12,990 of the 52,404 overdose fatalities were directly related to heroin.
  • 259 million opioid prescriptions were written by doctors in 2012, which is enough to give every adult in America their own bottle of painkillers.
  • From 2014 -2015, overdose deaths from synthetic opioids (including tramadol and fentanyl, but not including methadone), have increased by 72.2%.
  • Four out of Five new heroin abusers started out by abusing prescription drugs.

 

Opioid Epidemic

Many people will start to use heroin because it is cheaper and easier to obtain than prescription painkillers. One of the main myths that is helping fuel this epidemic is the fact that most people do not understand the disease of addiction, how to prevent it, and how to treat it properly. The more we educate about the disease, the more we will be able to help recover from it. Here are some steps you can take right now to help end this crisis.

  1. Educate yourself and your kids about the disease of addiction, prescription drugs, and mental health issues.
  2. If you, or your anyone you know, is suffering from a mental health issue, seek help. Those who are suffering from mental health disorders are more likely to abuse drugs or alcohol.
  3. Before you take/fill a prescription from your doctor, make sure they are aware that you do not want narcotics or medications that can be easily abused. Even if they tell you it’s safe, do your own research.
  4. If you, or your loved one, is struggling right now from opioid addiction, seek treatment from an accredited and licensed treatment facility. Those who suffer from addiction can recover life-long without the use of long-term suboxone. To find out how, contact us now at 1-800-439-5959.
  5. Support those who are struggling into recovery, but do not enable them. Enabling an addict has the power to progress their disease before there is a chance to arrest it. Understand that addiction is a chronic progressive disease that does not have to be terminal if treated properly.

 

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