THE IMPACT OF THE OPIOID CRISIS ON OHIO
- February 25, 2019
Over the course of 20 years, people across our country have suffered from the full effect of the Opioid Crisis, stemming from a mixture of prescription painkillers and illegal synthetics. However, if you have been keeping up with the epidemic on the news lately, you may have noticed a trend carrying out in the Northwest and Midwest regions of our country. Ultimately, states in these areas tend to experience the most severe cases of opioid addiction and death. Besides the unfortunate dominant states of West Virginia and New Hampshire, the state with the third most frequent incidences involving opioid-related deaths and sickness is Ohio, the Heartland of America. Let’s take a closer look at the particularly severe case in the Buckeye State.
Third in Line…Not in a Good Way
Based on reports from 2016, Ohio is one of the top five states with the most frequent cases of opioid-related deaths (triggered by overdoses) and is currently the third most dangerous opioid hotspot in the country. As of 2016, the Buckeye States recorded 32.9 deaths per 100,000 Ohioans (3,316 deaths in total), surpassing the national average of 13.3 deaths per 100,000 people. Since 2010 alone, the opioid-related death rate has tripled from 10 deaths per 100,000. In part, deaths triggered by heroin boosted from 355 to 1,478, while general synthetics increased the death rate from 175 to 2,296.
Rate of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS)
Overall, the statistics in Ohio showcase a tragic increase in NAS over the past 10 years. Overall, NAS incidences increased from 20 per 10,000 births in 2006 to 155 per 10,000 births in 2015. Keep in mind that the national average across 28 neighboring states was estimated at 6 NAS incidences per 10,000 live births.
Rates of HIV and Hepatitis Outbreaks
With the increase of opioid overdose deaths, the rate of virus outbreaks has also increased, as predicted with the rise of synthetic opioid injections. Overall, out of the 39,513 new cases of HIV that occurred in 2015, about 927 incidences broke out in Ohio. Meanwhile, 122 acute cases of hepatitis C took place in 2015, out of the national average of 181,871 new cases.
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.