New data from the collaborative Overdose Detection Mapping Application Program, a federal initiative that tracks data through EMS, ambulance, hospitals, and police, shows that fatal and non-fatal overdoses were 18 percent higher in March of this year than March of 2019, 29 percent higher this April, and 42 percent higher this May.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly half of opioid-related overdose deaths involve fentanyl. Synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, have surpassed prescription opioids as the most common drug involved in overdose deaths in the U.S.
- Fentanyl is 50-100 times more potent than morphine and able to enter the brain especially quickly because of its high fat solubility. Just 2 milligrams can kill a person.
In Ohio a parent’s drug abuse was a factor in at least half of the state’s foster care placements.
Opioid abuse is the deadliest drug epidemic in our nation’s history, one that is killing tens of thousands of people every year. For every person directly affected, there are even more children who become victims of the crisis.
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The opioid epidemic has killed more people than H.I.V. at the peak of that disease. Its death toll surpasses those of the wars in Vietnam and Iraq combined.
So why do so many people start using these drugs, and why don’t they stop?
Some people are more susceptible to addiction than others. But nobody is immune. Opioids entice users by bestowing an immediate sense of tranquility, only to trap the user in a vicious cycle that essentially rewires the brain.
How does that happen?
While there isn’t a blood test or other lab work to diagnose addiction, there are distinctive behavioral indicators that the disease has taken hold.
If you obsess about getting the substance and using the substance, and then spend considerable time recovering from the effects of substance abuse, you’re probably looking at addiction.
Other telltale signs include compromising your values, behaving in ways that put yourself or others at risk, and experiencing negative consequences in your relationships and other aspects of your life because of your drug or alcohol use.
Medication-assisted treatment saves lives while increasing the chances a person will remain in treatment and learn the skills and build the networks necessary for long-term recovery.
Michael Botticelli, Director, National Drug Control Policy
A great deal of confusion exists about medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the treatment of opioid use disorders (OUD) and what the approach actually entails.
What are some of the signs that your loved one may be addicted to drugs or alcohol?
Addiction can impact anyone, regardless of who they are. Not only can it impact anyone, it’s an all-encompassing disease, effecting the body and mind.
Each drug has its own symptoms of “under the influence behavior” and people can be in different stages of addiction, so it can be difficult to pinpoint specific behaviors or symptoms of people that are high on drugs. However, there are some basic behaviors that indicate there may be an addiction problem.
How can you support a loved one suffering with addiction?
Addiction does not discriminate against its victims. People of any age, race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or socioeconomic status can be impacted by addiction.
It can be excruciating watching someone you care for battle with substance abuse. You want to support them as much as possible without enabling them. You want to help them get the treatment they need and provide emotional support as they pursue a life free from the ravages of addiction.