The United States is in the midst of a drug overdose crisis with both prescription as well as illicit opioids serving as the major driving factor behind all fatal cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), five states with the highest rate of drug overdose death in 2016 were West Virginia (52 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1), New Hampshire (39), Pennsylvania (37.9) and Kentucky (33.5).
Now, a new trend has been noticed in Ohio. The high rate of deadly overdoses led to a surge in the number of organ transplant cases in central Ohio during 2017. According to nonprofit group Lifeline Ohio, organ transplant cases rose by 37 percent due to more body parts being available in the region. Lifeline is the service provider dealing with organ donation for 37 Ohio counties and two in West Virginia. In 2016, the Ohio Department of Health had attributed the rampant abuse of fentanyl and other lethal opioids to more than half of the 4,050 drug overdose deaths in the state.
Additionally, coroners across the state observed a significant spike in cocaine use, making it the third most widely abused drug in overdose deaths. They also reported the presence of cocaine, along with fentanyl, in the system of victims. “When it’s a hard day, I think, it’s not only bad. Something good did come out of it,” said Ohio resident Amanda whose husband donated his pancreas, liver and kidneys to three people after he overdosed on heroin in October 2017.
According to service coordinators in Lifeline Ohio, there were multiple misconceptions surrounding organ donations as the overdoses don’t necessarily harm the drug users’ organs. Moreover, the United Network for Organ Sharing reports that over 3,000 Ohio residents are waiting for an organ transplant. Currently, in the U.S., organ donations are possible in just 1 percent of deaths.
Drug addiction is a major crisis nationwide
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving opioid drugs are on the rise in the U.S. In fact, during 2000 to 2015, more than half a million Americans died of drug overdoses. Studies suggest the severity of the drug addiction epidemic is far-reaching and holds the potential to destroy thousands of neighborhoods and communities nationwide. Experts believe that the main cause of this epidemic is the deceptive campaigns of big opioid manufacturers to downplay the addictive nature of their drugs and push them into the markets. That’s why Americans, who form around 5 percent of the world’s population, are consuming 75 percent of the world’s prescription opioids. The CDC also said statistics suggest that opioid painkillers have led to more deaths than heroin and cocaine combined.
In the light of the soaring numbers of fatal overdose cases, health care professional are considering ways to expand access to evidence-based de-addiction treatment therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medically assisted detoxification for victims of opioid use disorder, besides prescribing non-opioid medication to manage painful conditions.
Kicking menace of addiction
Opioid overdoses are happening not only along the international borders and isolated crime-ridden alleyways, but also in every unexpected corners of bustling metropolises, affecting all sections of society alike. Therefore, undergoing supervised medical detoxification at a professional rehabilitation center is the best way for chronic drug users to kick the menace of addiction and regain control of their lives.
When wondering where to start with to get help for addiction to drugs, alcohol or any other intoxicant, one should contact Sovereign Health to avail the latest treatment options at our reputed drug addiction treatment centers spread across the U.S. You may also call at our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about our drug addiction treatment programs.