THE UPS AND DOWNS OF INDIANA’S FIGHT AGAINST OPIOIDS
Looking at the opioid situation in Indiana, the best way to describe this major issue would be the classic “good cop/bad cop routine.” While officials have been fighting a good fight, and winning on certain fronts, over the past couple of years, the numbers still indicate an overbearing statewide emergency that isn’t going anywhere soon. So, why is Indiana struggling so much against the national Opioid Crisis and how is it winning? Let’s take a closer look at the ups and downs of Indiana’s fight against these potentially dangerous drugs.
The Good, the Bad, and the Tedious
In January 2017, Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Enforcement for the State of Indiana, explained how he is absolutely sure that the state is right on track, but he has also urged officials to amp up the efforts. Once efforts have successfully wiped out some opioid problems, the power needs to be cranked up. Here are some examples of how Indiana has succeeded and failed on the front against opioids:
- While prescription opioid painkiller use has dropped by 10%, Indiana still boasts the highest rate of prescription opioid use in the United States.
- The rate of naloxone administration via first responders in the Marion County area dropped by 22% in the first 10 months of 2018, but that is nearly triple the number of naloxone administration in the state, overall.
- Emergency room visits related to opioid problems have dropped, but some ER doctors are arguing that the number of patients is still overwhelming.
In response to this growing problem, a variety of organizations have started to appear on the scene to face the crisis by means of a comprehensive plan. For example, in 2016, the Indiana Commission to Combat Drug Abuse (made up of officials from law enforcement, public health, education, and more) started sharing critical information concerning naloxone administration, addiction treatment strategies, and grants. As former CEO of Community Health Network Bill Corley puts it, the only way America can fight the Opioid Crisis is if all citizens band together.
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.