Understanding Opioid Overdose Treatment
Each and every day in the United States over 130 people die after overdosing. Most of these cases include the misuse of opioids, which include prescription painkillers, heroin, and fentanyl. This epidemic is taking over the nation and posing a national crisis. Unfortunately, many people don’t seek the services of drug treatment centers until it’s too late or after a number of severe addiction struggles. However, getting help at the beginning of the problem is the key to establishing lifelong sobriety. In order to that, it’s critical to fully understand opioid addiction and how to help and prevent it.
About thirty percent of patients that are legally prescribed opioids for their pain needs end up misusing them and stop following their doctor’s orders. Of that thirty percent, roughly ten percent of these people end up becoming addicted to the pills. The problem with the misuse of opioids is that eventually, they are no longer strong enough for some people this ends up causing about six percent of people to transition to heroin. Although not everyone who misuses opioid end up using heroin around eighty percent of people who use heroin admits to abusing prescription drugs before making the switch to the harder drug. This epidemic continues to be on the rise. From July 2016 to September 2017 opioid overdoses increased by thirty percent in 45 states, and in the midwest region, this percentage jumped to seventy percent from July 2016 to September 2017.
As this problem continues to rise people all over are asking what the Department of Health and Human Services is doing to help stop this problem from continuing to grow. As a response, the department has decided to focus its efforts on five major priorities.
- Ensuring treatment and recovery services are accessible
- Promoting the use of overdose-reversing prescriptions
- Making sure the public understands the risks related to this epidemic
- Providing support that encourages research
- Finding better practices for pain management during recovery
Hope Centers of Central Florida in Orlando is one of the country’s top drug treatment centers offering the best treatment options for those suffering from addiction and seeking opioid overdose treatment. Our experienced team is available to answer any questions our patients or their families may have during treatment. Call or visit us today to find out why people are coming to us for the help they need.