We hear, see, or read stories about opioid addiction in America daily. It is growing in numbers and taking more lives than ever before. These are the statistics according to The American Society of Addiction Medicine:
”Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and 12,990 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
From 1999 to 2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions related to prescription pain relievers increased in parallel. The overdose death rate in 2008 was nearly four times the 1999 rate; sales of prescription pain relievers in 2010 were four times those in 1999; and the substance use disorder treatment admission rate in 2009 was six times the 1999 rate.
In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to give every American adult their own bottle of pills.
Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.”
Dependence on opioid drugs or heroin is a challenging and complicated condition. However it can be treated effectively with medication, counseling and support. Opioid painkillers, like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, Actiq or heroin can change the brain’s chemistry, leading one to think that the drug is necessary for survival.
The providers at Quality of Life Medical Center are specially trained and certified to help you with opioid dependence. Treatment plans are individualized and can include Sobxone®, a narcotic medication indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence.
If you’re working to overcome opioid dependence, you know the experience can be overwhelming. At QLMC, we offer help that is comfortable and compassionate. Contact us for more detail at 520.733.2250 and start living opioid free today.