Massillon, Ohio - - May 5, 2016 - - The proper use of drugs saves lives and improves the quality of life. The abuse or misuse of drugs (legal or illegal) can harm and potentially kill a person. Heroin, a highly addictive opioid drug, use has been steadily rising nationally, statewide and in Stark County.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been significant increases in drug overdose deaths seen in the Northeast, Midwest and South regions. In 2014, Ohio made it in the list of the top five states with the highest rates of death due to drug overdose.
“Addiction can seemingly be a relentless and powerful force, but it can be treated. Prevention and rehabilitation is possible through education, awareness and making resources readily available,” said Gary Stock, Affinity Medical Center Pharmacist. “Heroin is a very real problem in Ohio and the problem is only getting worse.”
In 2014, the number of people seeking opiate treatment since 2006 has increased more than 200% in Stark County. Southern Stark has shown as much as a 583% increase in people seeking help. The major contributing factors in the increasing heroin overdose rates are due to the increasing availability of heroin throughout Ohio, along with the closings of Ohio pill mills. Ohioans between the ages of 25 – 34 are at the highest risk for fatal heroin overdose says the Ohio Department of Health.
Heroin is classified as a Schedule I Controlled substance and as such is only available legally for approved clinical studies. It is available illegally on the streets and is prepared by illegal manufacturers. There is no quality control on street drugs and the person may or may not get what they intended on purchasing.
Ohio had the second highest number of drug overdose deaths in 2014, a number that is soaring. Heroin and prescription pain relievers took many of those 2,744 lives in Ohio. There was nearly one death every three hours in 2014. More people died from drug overdose in the USA last than any other year on record. It is an epidemic that claimed the lives of more than 47,000 Americans.
Parents, teachers, and friends must communicate to each other, especially to the children, the dangers of heroin, or any drug, abuse. “Just say no to illegal drugs and the abuse of any legal or illegal drugs.” The life you save may be a family member, friend, or your own.
“Through education outreach in our community, working with law enforcement officials and other health professionals to raise awareness on this issue, we hope to collaboratively overcome this very real problem,” said Gary.
If you yourself or someone you know has a substance abuse addiction, there is help.
For more information you can call the Crisis Intervention and Recovery Center at their 24 hour hotline, (330) 452-6000, or Quest Recovery and Prevention Services at (330) 833-0234.
Affinity Medical Center is committed to partnering with its community, patients, physicians and employees to provide high quality, personalized, compassionate healthcare; contributing to a healthier community by promoting healthful living; and providing educational opportunities for healthcare professionals.
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