OPIOID OVERDOSE SURVIVORS IN WEST VIRGINIA DO NOT RECEIVE TOP FOLLOW-UP CARE
- February 8, 2019
Needless to say, the Opioid Crisis might be one of the most dangerous health epidemics since the outbreak of HIV/AIDS during the 1970s and the 1980s. At this time, though, several portions of the United States have begun to feel the full brunt of the epidemic, making these locations unfortunate epicenters of this nationwide emergency. Besides Ohio, the second contender for highest amount of opioid-related deaths in this category is its next-door neighbor West Virginia, a small state that is currently suffering from a crippled list of benefits for opioid overdose survivors who live in this region. Let’s take a closer look at the problems with follow-up care experienced by this group of people in West Virginia.
The Unfortunate Title of Leadership
According to recent reports, West Virginia currently boasts the highest rate of opioid-related overdose deaths (four times higher than the national average) in America. On that note, you may not be surprised to hear that 90% of people who survive these tragic incidences in the state did not receive high-quality follow-up medical care, which could potentially reduce the risk of them using in the future. After testing a group of 301 subjects who had experienced an opioid overdose (between 2014 to 2016), medical professionals revealed that these people had not received buprenorphine treatment or drug counseling.
Part of a Nationwide Problem
Brendan Saloner (the lead author of the study) explained how a non-fatal opioid overdose is a traumatic event that required immediate intervention, but many people in West Virginia are not getting this potentially life-saving care. Even worse, 50% of the test subjects suffered from comorbid mental health problems (including bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia) but still did not receive additional therapy for these conditions. However, Saloner points out that West Virginia is only one peg in a long lineup of states that are failing to help opioid addicts, which may prove why the epidemic is only getting worse.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Addiction
Opioids are extremely potent and dangerous drugs that have a high risk for abuse and addiction and can be particularly dangerous for both adults and teens alike. These substances can trigger severe dependency and a string of unpleasant health problems (including residual pain) as well. Regardless of what drug you may be addicted to, though, you can always find a way to recover and get your life back on track. All you need is a little bit of patience, perseverance, and a lot of love for yourself.
If you are suffering from a severe case of opioid addiction or have a friend or a loved one who is coping with this deadly problem, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward fighting the Opioid Crisis.