By population, Ohio is the seventh largest state in the nation. However, in 2014, Ohio had the second most deaths by opioid overdose. It’s true – we’re in the middle of a drug epidemic in our Buckeye state – and the problem seems to be getting worse.
In 2016, 4,050 Ohioans died from drug overdoses. This represents a 32.8% increase over 2015 when there were 3,050 overdose deaths. Fentanyl was involved in 58.2% of all unintentional drug overdose deaths in 2016. This is up from 37.9% in 2015, 19.9% in 2014, and 4% in 2013. The sharp rise of deaths caused by the rapid emergence of this deadly drug underscores the need for drug addiction recovery services, including medication assisted treatment and related behavioral counseling, like Milestone provides.”
The problem is evident. So, what is the solution?
One approach is prevention. Knowledge is power, and being educated about the risk factors of addiction and opioid abuse symptoms can help. Keep an eye out for the following addiction symptoms:
- Increased anxiety, anxiety attacks
- Large amount of time spent obtaining, using or recovering from an opiate
- Abandoning important activities
- Improved alertness
- Increased heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Increased energy
- Decreased appetite
- Increased sexual arousal
- Physical agitation
- Trouble sleeping
- Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
A key solution to the problem of addiction is treatment. Medication-assisted treatment in conjunction with behavioral counseling can be successful for many people struggling with addiction. Remember that all hope is not lost. There are people out there, like those of us at Milestone Addiction Counseling, who are here and ready to help.
For a more detailed look at the problem of the drug epidemic in Ohio, take a look at the latest addiction statistics.