A new report out this month states that Arizona has the sixth highest drug overdose mortality rate of all 50 states and Washington DC. Arizona overdose deaths have increased by 65% since the last large-scale study was done in 1999. The report clearly states that the majority of drug-related deaths are now due to prescription drug overdoses. In fact, prescription drug-related deaths now outnumber those from heroin and cocaine combined, and drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states, including Arizona.
You read it right, more people in Arizona die from drug overdoses than car accidents.
The report, Prescription Drug Abuse: Strategies to Stop the Epidemic, was prepared by the Trust for America’s Health, a non-profit agency dedicated to protecting the health of every community and making disease prevention a national priority.
“Prescription drugs can be a miracle for many, but misuse can have dire consequences. The rapid rise of abuse requires nothing short of a full-scale response – starting with prevention and education all the way through to expanding and modernizing treatment,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America’s Health. “There are many promising signs that we can turn this around – but it requires urgent action.”
The top recommendations from the report include public education about the potential risks of prescription drug abuse, ensuring responsible prescribing practices by healthcare providers, increasing the understanding of safe medication storage and disposal, improvement or establishment of prescription drug monitoring programs, increasing the availability of rescue medications such as naloxone, provide immunity for individuals and others seeking help, and to expand access and availability of effective treatment options for addicted individuals.
“Fifty Americans die a day from prescription drug overdoses, and more than 6 million suffer from prescription drug abuse disorders. This is a very real epidemic – and warrants a strong public health response,” said Andrea Gielen, ScD, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy. “We must use the best lessons we know from other public health and injury prevention success stories to work in partnership with clinical care, law enforcement, the business community, community-based organizations, and other partners to work together to curb this crisis.”
This is a serious crisis for Arizona and for the nation as a whole. Scottsdale Recovery Center exists to make a difference in our community, but we can’t do it on our own. We need your help. We need to spread the word. Drugs and alcohol are killers.
Scottsdale Recovery Center offers a comprehensive treatment program targeted at overcoming pharmaceuticals and prescription medication addiction. Highly abused pharmaceuticals and prescription medication include Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, Adderall and Vicodin to mention just a few. Our expert staff of therapists and counselors are experienced in helping people overcome pharmaceuticals and prescription medication addiction, such as opiate addiction and benzodiazepine addiction. Scottsdale Recovery Center’s program includes alternative programs to promote a patient’s mental and emotional healing during the process, ensuring that the underlying addiction issues are addressed, not simply the symptoms of pharmaceuticals and prescription medication addiction. Furthermore and most importantly, we provide evidence based practices in our group therapy and individual treatment sessions to get to the underlying issues of why one continuously relapses and uses drugs and alcohol.
While the programs represent a solid foundation for success, Scottsdale Recovery Center believes that individual attention is a key to permanently breaking pharmaceuticals and prescription medication addiction. Each patient undergoes an initial assessment and is assigned to a primary therapist that works with the patient throughout his or her treatment.
Furthermore and most importantly, we provide evidence based practices in our group therapy and individual treatment sessions to get to the underlying issues of why one continuously relapses and uses drugs and alcohol.
Call us today for more information at 602.346.9142. Please don’t wait any longer – things will get worse without treatment.
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