Drug Overdose Deaths Are Rising Faster Than Ever

Columbus OH Drug RehabIn 2016 drug overdose deaths rose to 60,000. This was the largest yearly jump recorded in the United States. These deaths are the latest result of an increasing public health crisis: opioid addiction. Opioid addiction has also become much deadlier because of the influx of illicitly manufactured fentanyl and similar drugs. These drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. For Columbus OH drug rehab and alcohol treatment you can depend on in 2018, reach out to Legacy Freedom for help.

2016 figures showed a 19% growth in drug overdose deaths recorded for the same period in 2015. Those deaths stood at 52,404. All indications are that the numbers will continue to rise in 2017. Drug deaths take a longer time to certify. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will not be able to calculate final numbers until December 2017. The statistics are compiled estimates for 2016 and come from hundreds of state health departments, county coroners, and medical examiners across the country. Combined, these numbers represent data from the various states and counties that had 76% of all overdose deaths in 2015. This gives us a first look at the broadness of the drug overdose epidemic last year. Many are comparing it to an accounting of a modern plague.

Preliminary information shows a large increase in drug overdose deaths in states along the East Coast. This includes Maryland, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Maine. The state of Ohio filed a lawsuit last week that accuses five drug companies of helping the opioid epidemic along. Some estimates indicate that drug overdose deaths rose more than 25% in 2016.

Cliff Parker, age 24, graduated from high school in nearby Copley. He was a multi-sport athlete. During his senior year of high school, he was a varsity wrestler. He earned a scholarship to the University of Akron. Unfortunately, one of the fun things he chose to do with his friends and teammates at parties was to take prescription painkillers. At the time it seemed like a lot of fun. By the time the fun was over it was too late. The pills turned to heroin. From there his addiction grew and his life changed. Parker says, “Heroin is the devil’s drug.”

His is a familiar story in the Akron area. Akron is known as the “Rubber Capital of the World”. The manufacturing jobs that were once there have declined. The recovery from the 2008 recession has been slow, as is typical of many towns across the USA. The unemployment rate in Summit County, which is where Akron sits, is roughly in line with the United States overall. The Goodyear tire factories have been retooled into technology centers for research and polymer science. The city, like many, has begun to rebuild. The growth is slow and the deaths from drug overdose have steadily increased. If you're struggling with addiction, contact Legacy Freedom for dependable Columbus OH drug rehab and alcohol treatment.

Columbus OH Drug RehabSummit County had 312 drug deaths in 2016. This was a 46% increase from 2015. It was also more than triple the 99 cases just two years before. There were so many last year that on three separate occasions the county had to request refrigerated trailers to store the bodies because they’d run out of space in the morgue. This is not a problem unique to Akron. Coroners’ offices all across the state are being overwhelmed with the sheer numbers of cases.

It is estimated that opioids will potentially kill nearly half a million people across the US in the next ten years. This will be because of the crisis of addiction. The overdose rate will also accelerate.The death rate from opioids have been rising significantly for years. Leading public health experts at 10 universities have forecast the arc of the epidemic over the next decade. Their resulting consensus is it will get worse before it gets better.

There is estimated to be nearly 100 deaths a day from opioids. This addiction cuts a swath of destruction that runs from tony New England suburbs to the farm country of California, from the beach towns of Florida to the Appalachian foothills. It is rampant all over the country and affects the rich and poor alike. In the worst-case scenario put forth by STAT’s expert panel, that toll could spike to 250 deaths a day, if potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl and carfentanil continue to spread rapidly and the waits for treatment continue to stretch weeks in hard-hit states like West Virginia and New Hampshire.

If these predictions are accurate, the death toll over the next decade could top well over 650,000. That would be almost as many Americans as will die from breast cancer and prostate cancer during that time. This means that opioids could kill nearly as many Americans in 10 years as HIV/AIDS has killed since that epidemic began in the early 1980s. The deep cuts to Medicaid now being debated in Congress could add to the desperation by leaving millions of low-income adults without insurance. Even the more middle-of-the-road forecasts suggest that by 2027, the annual U.S. death toll from opioids alone will likely surpass the worst year of gun deaths on record. It may also top the worst year of AIDS deaths at the peak of that epidemic in the 1990s, when nearly 50,000 people were dying each year. The average toll across all 10 forecasts is nearly 500,000 deaths over the next decade.

More than just the pain addiction causes families, these overdoses will cost the U.S. economy hundreds of billions of dollars. Insurance, hospital stays, and the sheer loss of life is catastrophic. Many agencies all across the country are strategizing how to best address this problem and do so quickly.

“It took us about 30 years to get into this mess,” Robert Valuck, professor at the University of Colorado-Denver’s School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, told STAT. “I don’t think we’re going to get out of it in two or three.” A landmark report last year from then Surgeon General Vivek Murthy found only 10% of the estimated 2.2 million Americans with an opioid-use disorder have received addiction treatment. “We know what works,we’re just not doing enough of it.” Murthy said this past April.

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