In the aftermath of the opioid epidemic ravaging the United States, various organizations, including the federal and the state governments, are doing their bit to combat the crisis. However, looking at the worsening state of the opioid crisis, it seems a more concerted plan is needed to overcome the situation. A recent report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that in the U.S., the number of opioid overdoses increased by a resounding 27.7 percent in the period between July 2016 and September 2017.
While some states witnessed a greater increase in opioid overdose cases, some displayed a decline in the problem. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg as many overdosing accidents go unreported. In such cases, victims often do not reach the emergency room (ER). Acting Director of the CDC Dr Anne Schuchat has termed the continuous increase in the opioid overdose death rate as an emergency.
Besides the above findings, some of the other notable revelations made by the report are:
Overcoming the crisis
The CDC report is an eye-opener not just for the authorities, but for the citizens as well. The opioid crisis continues to take a toll on the entire nation in spite of President Donald Trump declaring the problem a public health emergency in October 2017 and constituting a commission headed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to undertake a study on the topic. As such, there is no single risk factor responsible for the current crisis. Various factors are involved in exacerbating the problem. However, one of the prominent factors has been the rise of immensely addictive and dangerous illegal opioids like fentanyl.
Many have criticized the President for not releasing funds for controlling the opioid epidemic in time. As a result, the efforts of all the stakeholders (doctors, paramedics, law enforcement, nongovernment organizations (NGOs), judiciary, etc.) to fight the opioid crisis have come to a naught and the epidemic has continued unabated even in its twentieth year. Dr. Andrew Kolodny, co-director of opioid policy research at Brandeis University, said that the massive failure to address the crisis arises due to lack of funds. He further emphasized that a significant increase in funding is required to help America tide over the problem.
As such, drug addiction treatment and current health care practices are two completely separate categories. The lack of integration between the two could have resulted in the epidemic continuing unabated despite the best intentions of all involved. Most opioid overdose victims are let off after cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and antidote treatment and no effort is made to reach out to them and see if they have made sustainable life changes to overcome the addiction. Therefore, most go back to drugs even after the ER experience and are likely to witness an overdose again, which might turn critical the next time.
Track opioid epidemic more closely
One of the effective ways to overcome any substance abuse problem is appropriate treatment. It involves sustained detoxification, various kinds of therapies and lifestyle changes, such as nutritious diet, exercise and regular follow-ups. One novel approach is NAD therapy. Sovereign Health’s nutritionally assisted detox centers help in restoring the health of patients through holistic treatment. NAD speeds up the brain’s natural healing process during the withdrawal phase by alleviating the uncomfortable symptoms.
If you or your loved one is struggling with addiction, Sovereign Health has both alcohol and drug addiction treatment to offer. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online with our representative for information on our alcohol and drug addiction treatment centers.