THE IMPACT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON HAWAII
- April 13, 2019
Needless to say, Americans are handling one heck of a dumpster fire of destruction, one that has continued to spread pain and suffering for over 20 years. In the decades since the 1990s, the Opioid Crisis has wreaked havoc on our beautiful country, from the tip of Alaska to the tail of Florida. Over two million people have become full-scale opioid addicts, while hundreds of thousands more have died after consuming too many of these nasty painkillers. However, as we have seen, no portion of our nation is safe from these drugs. Just ask the residents who call our youngest state in the Pacific home. Today, let’s take a closer look at Hawaii and see how the Aloha State is handling the Opioid Crisis.
Trouble in Paradise (Sort Of)
Needless to say, the island nation has not topped the scales for opioid problems in the country, but Hawaii has still reported its fair share of problems. In 2017, the islands confirmed an incidence of 3.4 opioid overdose-related fatalities per 100,000 residents (a mere 53 deaths in total), a far cry from the national incidence of 14.6 deaths per 100,000 citizens. Meanwhile, Hawaiian officials have only documented 40 deaths connected to prescription opioids and 10 deaths stemming from heroin. Meanwhile, we are thankful to tell you that no deaths from fentanyl or methadone have been documented in the state as of 2017.
Opioid Prescribing Rates in Hawaii
So how does the opioid market fare in Hawaii? Ironically, the state has produced a rather high rate of prescribing, a complete contrast to its low rate of fatalities. In 2017, Hawaiian doctors wrote 37 opioid prescriptions per 100 patients, far below the national incidence of 58.7 drugs per 100 citizens. Overall, deaths from prescriptions drugs have dropped to 2.5 deaths per 100,000 Hawaiian residents as of 2017.
Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in the Aloha State
Ultimately, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) could not provide data regarding the spread of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) throughout Hawaii. However, keep in mind that the national incidence has been 8.0 cases per 1,000 births in 2014.
Viral Outbreaks in Hawaii
Incidentally, the rates of viral outbreaks in Hawaii have been relatively low and, to an extent, widely unavailable. In 2016, the state only documented 82 cases of HIV, out of the 39,589 outbreaks documented in the entire United States. However, NIDA did not provide any data regarding outbreaks of hepatitis C.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is easily one of the most terrifying substance use disorders on the planet, mostly because opioid addiction partially stems from a large number of drugs that are legally regulated by the federal government. For decades, our country has suffered beneath the weight of dangerous synthetics and legal painkillers, and millions of Americans have suffered from addiction throughout the 20 years the crisis has been brewing. However, you can make the right decision by taking a stand against your addiction and regaining your health and happiness.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, 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 opioid 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.