Drug and Alcohol Addiction in Ohio: Substance Abuse Facts

The United States is currently facing one of the worst drug epidemics in history. While many drugs play a role in this scenario, opioids remain the primary cause of overdose deaths. The number of opioid deaths in the United States has grown tremendously over the last few years due to several reasons. It’s important for drug abusers and their loved ones to be aware these statistics, and understand where to seek the best possible treatment. Every state collates and regularly analyzes substance abuse data to aid in creating prevention programs and in combating the worrisome upward trend of drug-related overdose deaths.

According to Ohio Department of Health data, the number of drug overdose deaths has steadily increased over the last decade, and opioids have been the leading cause since 2010. Prescription opioid painkillers are the most commonly seen form of opioids in overdose cases, followed closely by heroin. When individuals addicted to prescription opioids run out of refills for their prescriptions, they will often turn to heroin as a cheaper, accessible alternative to curb the symptoms of withdrawal.

Prescription opioid painkillers are relatively easy to obtain, and the number of prescription opioid overdose deaths has risen in tandem with the number of opioids sold in the United States. One of the most troublesome aspects of these medications is that many people will simply assume they are safe to use because a doctor prescribed them. However, many do not know how to detect the early warning signs of addiction. While the majority of cases in Ohio are unintentional overdoses, it’s important to acknowledge the link between behavioral health and substance abuse. Addicts who are dealing with behavioral or mental health issues are going to have a much more difficult time finding the right treatment.

Individuals who become addicted to prescription opioids will often try to obtain several prescriptions from different doctors, and then have them filled at various pharmacies. This practice often called “doctor shopping” is, unfortunately, easy for many addicts to exploit. However, once prescriptions are no longer easy to obtain, addicts often resort to heroin. While heroin is a powerful opioid and provides relief from the symptoms of opioid withdrawal, it is sold illegally and is, therefore, unregulated. Many dealers will mix or “cut” their drugs with other substances in order to increase their volume to sell. For example, Fentanyl recently entered the public discussion surrounding opioid addiction because heroin dealers started mixing it into doses of heroin. Fentanyl used in this manner can be up to one hundred times more powerful than morphine.

Ohio’s Challenges

Ohio, unfortunately, counts among “high risk” states for drug overdose deaths according to the CDC. According to a recent study reported by The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio led the nation in opioid overdose deaths: One in 14 of all opioid overdose deaths and one in 9 of all heroin-related deaths in the U.S. occurred in Ohio. Between 2014 and 2015, Ohio saw a 21.5% increase in drug overdose deaths.

The prescription opioids most often found responsible mirror national statistics:

  • Oxycodone, the generic name for OxyContin
  • Hydrocodone, the generic name for Vicodin
  • Methadone, a synthetic opioid used in heroin addiction treatment
  • Fentanyl, typically found in patch (transdermal) form
  • Morphine

One of the heartbreaking aspects of this trend is that every death is preventable with the right education, awareness, and treatment. The assumption that prescription opioids are entirely safe and their ready accessibility are two reasons Ohio’s prescription opioid overdose death toll has steadily climbed over the last few years. Additionally, practices like doctor-shopping, theft, and illegal heroin trafficking continue to threaten the safety and welfare of Ohio residents. Ohio also faces problems with other illicit drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, and methamphetamine.

Many overdose deaths can be attributed to “dual diagnosis” cases as well. The best substance abuse programs offer behavioral health services in conjunction with substance abuse treatment to help individuals in these situations work toward sobriety. In order to curb overdose deaths, accessible treatment options are critical. While Ohio may offer various facilities providing substance abuse treatment and counseling, it may not be what is best for you or your loved one. Many addicts nationwide wind up traveling to Florida for substance abuse treatment.

Why is Florida Great for Recovery?

Florida has earned the moniker “The Recovery State” from substance abuse treatment professionals for several reasons. As a state that handles a great deal of the United States’ imports through Miami and other ports, Florida has been an important hub of the drug trafficking network of North America for decades. Due to the vast amount of cargo changing hands in Florida, law enforcement and substance abuse centers in the state have often been the first to see new drug interactions and “designer” drugs with extreme effects.

A synthetic drug known as “Flakka” recently led to a rash of overdoses in Florida. This is only one such example of the issues in the drug world Florida has been the first to handle. Consequently, the substance abuse treatment centers in Florida rate among the best. Individuals struggling with addiction come from all over the U.S. to the recovery centers in Florida because of the state’s reputation for leading the charge in substance abuse treatment.

Choose Florida’s Best

Of all the options available in Florida, if you choose to travel from Ohio for treatment, it’s vital to find a facility that suits you or your loved one’s unique situation. The Treatment Center of the Palm Beaches, LLC wants to help every one of our patients reach lifelong sobriety. We pride ourselves on creating holistic treatment plans that take patients’ behavioral health issues into account. Additionally, many patients find that our location two miles from the ocean aids in the recovery process as well.

Our facility only uses the latest scientifically tested methods and equipment to facilitate safe, medically assisted detox procedures. Without proper monitoring and medications, the detoxification process for any substance can be extremely difficult or even life-threatening. At the Treatment Center, we will fully assess you or your loved one’s level and patterns of addiction to find the safest and most effective treatment path possible.

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