Opioid Abuse In Our Community
According to the CDC, 115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose. Those we lose are our friends and family, and the impact of that loss is felt throughout our community.
In fact, the economic loss caused by the opioid epidemic is staggering. In 2016 alone the impact was $95 billion. The majority of that--about $43 billion--came from a reduction in workforce.
An Epidemic In Our Own Backyard
Opioids are a class of drugs commonly used to treat pain. The illegal substance heroin is an opioid along with legal prescriptions like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine. There's also a synthetic opioid called Fentanyl.
Both Iowa and Illinois are far from immune when it comes to the negative impact of these drugs. Here are some numbers that put the impact in perspective:
Nearly 80% of heroin users reported misusing prescription opioids prior to heroin.
According to the CDC, the way opioids are prescribed is a problem. Sales of opioid prescriptions about quadrupled from 1999 to 2014, meaning about 1 in 4 Americans are prescribed an opioid in an office setting. Primary care providers, meaning the doctors families see most often, make up about half of those prescriptions.
Of course, it's not all about doctors over-prescribing opioid painkillers. Deaths from heroin have increased more than 5x from 2010 to 2016.
How health care approaches pain management is critical to reducing opioid dependency. Genesis offers a number of unique pain management specialties that don't include prescription drugs. Check out the links below:
Getting Help for Addiction
Addiction to opioids requires treatment by the appropriate medical professionals. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides a directory of available treatments by zip code.
Find a facility near you