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(March 20, 2018)
CHARLESTON, W.Va., March 20, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A resource site dedicated to heroin addiction treatment Heroin Detox Clinics has completed is page for Charleston WV. The new page illustrates opiate and heroin addiction treatment in Charleston West Virginia and how they operate. According to a recent study reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there was an average increase of 30% in 45 out of 50 states. The Midwest region showed a 70% increase, topping the chart, while the Southeast had the lowest increase at 14%. These statistics are based on a study from July 2016 to September of 2017. Considering the 42,000 opioid related deaths on record in 2016, the highest to date, the crisis remains at a critical point.
States, like West Virginia, are working on putting into effect new laws regarding prescription pain medication. One of the laws is proposing to limit the number of days the pain medication can be prescribed for, anywhere from three to seven days. Following the trail of pain medication addiction, we see it leading to heroin once the prescription has run out. The heroin addiction is also leading to a more deadly drug, fentanyl, which is showing up in overdose reports at an alarming rate of increase. Heroin is an illegal street drug that is derived from morphine. Morphine is a prescribed drug that is a natural substance removed from the seed of the opium poppy plant. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid very similar to morphine but is 50-100 times more potent than morphine. Both heroin and fentanyl can be a deadly overdose in just one use.
When a patient goes home from surgery with a prescription for 30 or more painkillers, addiction is a very high risk. Many patients who are given a month’s supply of pain medication post surgery, are still using the medication three months later and longer. The American Society of Anesthesiologists have recommended that painkillers be used very sparingly. They go as far as to say that many patients do not need prescription pain medication at all.
The most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include:
- Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®)
- Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®)
Treatment for those with opioid use disorder is a critical step. We need to expand access to treatments such as medication-assisted therapy (MAT). MAT is a comprehensive way to address the needs of individuals that combines the use of medication (methadone, buprenorphine, or naltrexone) with counseling and behavioral therapies. There are over 14,500 specialized drug treatment centers in the U.S. No single treatment is right for every addict. Addiction is often accompanied by some form of mental issues as well, such as depression or anxiety. Individual and group therapies are offered in most facilities. Family counseling, nutritional counseling, exercise, yoga, and all forms of healthy living are things that can be taught in some of the treatment plans. There are critical tools that need to be given to ensure the addict can integrate back into their life, into their marriage, their job, their family, and become a successful person. 12 step programs with Narcotics Anonymous can be a helpful program for many individuals. A strong support group of some kind, a program that teaches giving back, and a safe place full of understanding and accountability is critical to living a sober, drug free life.
Author: William Leonard
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