Drug Overdose is reaching record numbers. It is the leading cause of accidental death in the nation and there are many statistics to prove it.
An estimated 2.1 million people in the United States were suffering from substance abuse related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin. The consequences of this abuse have been devastating and have easily led to death.
The number of these deaths reached a new peak in 2014. Devistatingly, 47,055 people, or the equivalent of about 125 Americans every day died that year. That is a staggering number by day. But another new number was reached in 2015. Drug overdose continued to be the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers, and almost 13,000 overdose deaths related to heroin in 2015.
These drugs are not just affecting the men in this country, the women as well. Heroin overdose deaths among women have tripled in the last few years. From 2010 through 2013, female heroin overdoses increased from 0.4 to 1.2 per 100,000.
To address the complex problem of prescription opioid and heroin abuse in this country, we must recognize and consider the special character of this phenomenon. We need to not only confront the negative and growing impact of opioid abuse on health and mortality, but also to preserve the fundamental role played by prescription opioid pain relievers in healing and reducing human suffering. We must strike the right balance between providing maximum relief from suffering pain while minimizing associated risks of getting people addicted.
All of this being said if you or someone you know is struggling with drugs, do not wait another second to reach out for help. The next drug could be your last, whether it is by death or by recovering.
With Treatment Center Help, our goal is to help as many addicts and alcoholics as possible. If you are struggling, the call to us at 844-828-9288 may save your life.