Opioid addiction has become a public health crisis in the US. In 2013, more than 100 deaths per day were attributed to opioid overdose, and this rate of accidental injury or death continues to grow. Opioid addiction is recognized as a chronic, progressive brain disease. However, addiction treatment is possible. Learning about the current trends in opioid addiction is an important part of recognizing possible dependency in a friend or family member, and it's crucial to future prevention efforts.
With more than 100 people dying per day from accidental overdose, addiction to opiates is placing vulnerable individuals in great danger. Consider the following:
For those in the addiction treatment field, the explosion of opioid abuse among youth is perhaps one of the most disturbing parts of this trend in drug use. If the US is ever to find freedom from addiction, it must address substance abuse in the most vulnerable demographic of all_�our own children.
Addiction drives an afflicted individual to engage in risky and compulsive drug-seeking behaviors to satisfy intense drug cravings. Prescription painkillers are often a gateway drug to heroin use, which places users at a higher risk of:
Addiction treatment can help to heal people who have suffered from this chronic disease. As more youths are drawn into the tangled web of opioid dependency, finding treatment becomes more crucial than ever. Freedom From Addiction can help you find that treatment. Call us today.
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