Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States. That means, right now, more Americans are dying from drug overdose than car accidents, gun shot wounds, and even HIV related deaths.
MSNBC Video: One Nation Over Dosed
Ohio Ground Zero Opioid Epidemic
If things continue on this path, Ohio will likely reach 10,000 drug overdose deaths this year alone, according to MSNBC. That’s more overdose deaths in one State than there were across the entire nation in 1990.
So what’s to blame? Well, Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid which is 1,000 times more powerful than heroin has been sweeping the nation, and Ohio has been hit the worst. Sheriff Phil Plummer of Montgomery, OH believes that loss of job and depression may be fueling their state’s epidemic.
At first, opioid abuse was due to prescription painkillers; most popular was OxyContin. It was especially easy to get ahold of the drugs through prescriptions when Pill Mills were legal.
Once those were shut down, purchasing drugs off the streets became a necessity, except this time, heroin was a cheaper alternative. Now heroin is being laced with Fentanyl and deaths are at an all time high. Both morgues and emergency rooms are begging officials to not just recognize the problem, but help fix it.
A Nation In Recovery
Drug addiction is a disease, which is why we are finding it difficult as a nation to stop it. As the disease gains recognition as a health issue requiring treatment, we may see greater results. The Watershed Addiction Treatment Programs, Inc has been helping addicts and alcoholics into recovery since 1998, and we not only understand addiction, but we know how to recover from it fully. If you would like to learn more about our program and how you too can recover, contact us today at 1-800-861-1768.Tags: drug overdose death, heroin epidemic, overdose signs and symptoms