A National Crisis Seeks State Assistance

  • Substance abuse has long been an issue for families across America. Although can be a difficult subject to talk about, most of us are aware that there is an opioid crisis that the country has been faced with for some time now. As difficult as it may seem to discuss, there are many conversations being had about what can be done to alleviate the abuse of opioids and heroine.


    Major Contributors


    One of the major contributors of the number of opioid related overdoses is to consider prescribing rate of these drugs. One of the highest prescribed rates found in the country was in the state of Alabama.


    In 2016, 341 people in Alabama alone died from overdoses related to opioids. In fact, approximately 20 to 30 percent of patients given opioids for chronic pain will misuse them, eight to twelve percent will develop a use disorder, and four to six percent that misuse their prescription will transition to heroin. It was also reported that 80% of the people who use heroin first, misused prescription opioids.


    With these alarming statistics, it’s important to realize the rate of this drug being prescribed. With the numbers reported, it can be suggested that these drugs are addictive and lead to abuse and even overdose resulting in death. It’s important to talk to your doctor about the drugs you’re to be prescribed and discuss the possibility of alternatives.


    What Can Be Done?


    Although Alabama was noted for its level of prescribing rate of opioids, many states are now seeking answers as to how they have been successful in alleviate the increase of opioid abuse. Legislation is one of the reasons that other states have decided to lend their attention to Alabama. Current policies can mitigate the impact of increased opioid use. Some to mention could be the included legislation permitting operation of syringe exchange programs and the presence of naloxone. Although legislation is helping, it could be said that promoting awareness and educating community members the same way that the Serious Injury Law Group’s opioid crisis resource is another successful contributor.


    If you or someone you know is experiencing an issue with dependency on opioids, be sure to seek help. Opioids have proven to leave its patients dependent and often abusing their intake resulting in the use of heroin and even death-related overdose.