According to statistics published by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), West Virginia is not only the number one epicenter for the Opioid Crisis in America but, as additional reports indicate, the small Midwestern state has tragically been maintaining this status over the past couple of years. Topping the charts with a staggering 49.6 deaths per 100,000 residents (far above the national rate of 14.6 drugs per 100,000 citizens), West Virginia seems to be sinking deeper into its dumpster fire of chaos. However, as one recent news report reveals, one town in the lovely Mountain State has been flooded with opioid painkillers, and residents are paying the ultimate price. Let’s take a closer look at the problems in Williamson, West Virginia.
A Decade of Misfortune
For the past 10 years, the tiny town of Williamson, West Virginia has received a staggering shipment of 21 million opioid painkillers, fueling the dreadful circumstances that have singled out this town as the capital of opioid-related death in the state. As part of its investigation on America’s Opioid Crisis, the House Energy and Commerce Committee has confirmed that Williamson has received, in total, 20.8 million hydrocodone and oxycodone pills. With only 3,200 residents, this small town is definitely facing a titanic boatload of trouble.
Just Tell Me Why
In response to this influx of opioids, committee leaders asked two region drug distributors about why they would send an overwhelmingly large stock of these painkillers to such a tiny town. Representatives Greg Walden (R-OR) and Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) have described this situation as completely disgraceful, as revealed in the Charleston Gazette-Mail. Back in 2016, West Virginia lawyers also started filing federal lawsuits against Big Pharma.
In response to the growing chaos, Williamson Mayor Charles Hatfield has lamented about how he and the other residents of the town will have to endure another bout of death and addiction due to an influx of these pills.
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.