For decades, drugs have been a major problem for countries around the world, and the front here on U.S. soil is no exception. Apart from the Opioid Crisis, more people are starting to drive while intoxicated (due to marijuana and alcohol), and depressants are becoming the norm for relaxing events. Although most of our country is fully educated about the dangers of drugs (even little children), more people are falling victim to this deadly mental illness and dying as a direct result of drug-related overdoses. Still, have you ever wondered how our country fares? Let’s take a closer look at some statistics regarding drug-related overdoses in the United States.
Over the past couple of decades, opioids have become one of the most common sources of pain and death in our country. According to statistics collected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the number of opioid-related deaths has skyrocketed from 18,515 (2007) to 47,600 (2017), while 68% of these fatalities included male victims. However, we can confirm that the number of deaths has not increased from 2016 to 2017.
Heroin and Stimulants
Next, overdose-related deaths related to heroin, cocaine, and additional psychostimulant drugs boosted in 2017. Keep in mind, though, that heroin and cocaine-related overdoses took place when people combined these substances with synthetic opioids. Meanwhile, the rates of single psychostimulants also increased in tandem.
Last but not least, benzodiazepines and antidepressants have also accounted for a massive number of overdose-related deaths. In 2017 alone, benzodiazepines triggered an estimated 11,537 deaths in the United States. Simultaneously, antidepressant-related overdoses increased at a much slower rate.
Seeking Treatment for Drug Abuse or Addiction
Drug addiction is a dangerous mental illness that can potentially destroy a person’s brain and body and can drive a wedge into his or her private and social lives. Once you allow a poisonous substance to take hold of you, the struggle will become all too real and very dangerous, but the good news is that you can easily overcome your problems. Although you cannot fully recover from addiction, you can find effective ways to fight it with fully force and take back control of your life. Drugs do not have control. You do.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug abuse or addiction or alcoholism or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of alcohol 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 becoming a healthier person.