Drug Overdoses Kill More People Than Auto Accidents In Some States

If you live in one of a select number of states, your chance of death from drug overdose is higher than getting killed in an automobile wreck. This is according to a recent report from the Trust for America's Health. Because of the rise in sales of prescription painkillers over the past few years, fatal drug overdoses have increased. OxyContin, Percocet and Vicodin are the most common opiates that have been linked with the rise in overdose related fatalities. If you need drug treatment in Raleigh NC, or another town, please do not hesitate to reach out and seek help from a professional. You don't have to do it alone and Legacy Freedom can help.

Five states, plus D.C, reported more than ten deaths per 100,000 residents from a drug overdose back in 2000. These were Arizona, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. In 2010, the number of states grew to 38 plus Washington D.C.

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The report states that men, ages 25 - 54, have the most overdose incidents in these states. Women that fall into this age range should be concerned because their numbers are also rising at a fast rate. Rural counties, compared to urban counties, see more pain medication abuse at almost twice the rate. Almost 25% of all teens report they have used prescription drugs recreationally, at least one time in their lives. The report states that one teen out of every 8 has abused Ritalin without a prescription, and one teenager out of every 12 has abused Vicodin. At Legacy Freedom, our drug treatment in Raleigh NC can help teens as well as adults. Call us today to learn more.

The rise in abuse of prescription medication has led some states to make laws that restrict these drugs. Currently, 32 states have laws that require patients to show a valid I.D. before the pharmacist will fill a prescription and all but one state, Missouri, has a prescription drug monitoring program. This helps identify trends in patients that "doctor shop" as well as the doctors that are overprescribing painkillers.

Jeff Levi is the executive director at the Trust for America’s Health. He said “These drugs are phenomenally important for managing pain, but they are also misused."

The report also revealed that 9 states had the lowest amount of “indicators of promising strategies” to reduce the amount of painkiller abuse. One of these states, Arizona, had 17.5 overdose deaths per 100,000 people in 2010, but had adopted only four out of the possible ten improvement strategies to reduce the statistic, per the report.

Tomi St. Mars is a registered nurse at the Arizona Department of Health Services. She manages their Office of Injury Prevention and said, “It’s at epidemic proportions” and that researchers “don’t have a lot of evidence about what works and what doesn't” regarding abuse of prescription medication. The other states include Alabama, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Missouri, Nebraska, and South Dakota scoring the lowest with two out of ten improvement strategies.

Per the report, North Carolina ranked in a tie for 30th with Mississippi and scored in the eight out of ten category with implementing improvement strategies.

Holistic Drug Treatment in Raleigh NC

Legacy Freedom offers holistic drug treatment in Raleigh NC with wonderful counselors that understand your needs. We know what it takes to get you back into a sober life. We don't believe in using certain drugs to treat drug and alcohol abuse. We don't believe in opiate replacement. We want you to manage your life without the drug crutches. If you have an alcohol addiction, a problem with pain pills or other substances, please give us a call for the help you deserve. Get the help your family deserves. Why not take the first step toward recovery and call us today? You could be saving your own life.

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