Canadian, OK (PRWEB) June 07, 2012
Canadian, Oklahoma - Opiate addiction has been present in the United States for more than a hundred years, but the situation has never seen the kind of increased danger to addicts that exists today. The vast quantities of prescription opiates available have created a life-threatening situation that has taken more lives than some of the other leading causes of death in the country.
The problem has become so critical that people are overdosing and being admitted to rehab in record numbers.
At least some local stories are providing insight into the number of people being affected by this epidemic. The news website Cleveland.com published an analysis of the drug deaths in local counties. Between 2000 and 2009, the number of people dying of accidental opiate overdoses approximately doubled. The most likely victim was a Caucasian adult male. In Summit County where Akron is located, the number of deaths jumped from 3 to 23 in just two years: 2000 to 2002.
“There is great emotional and financial suffering in Ohio as well as all around the country and world created by the abuse of opiates,” commented Derry Hallmark, Director of Admissions for Narconon Arrowhead in Oklahoma. “When this many people are dying and becoming addicted, what families need is an addiction treatment option that works the first time out.”
In 2011, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention noted that prescription drug overdose deaths had exceeded those involving heroin and cocaine combined. Their report stated that in 2008, prescription drug overdose deaths killed nearly 100 people each day.
“When a person is abusing opiates and the family is trying to find them help, it is very often a race to prevent a fatality,” added Mr. Hallmark. “The family is trying to get them into rehab before something happens to them that cannot be undone. This is why Narconon Arrowhead has launched a plan to combat this growing problem.”
The plan that the Narconon Arrowhead inpatient treatment facility has launched includes drug education and prevention lectures on opiate drugs, nationwide educational radio shows, and a series of articles and press releases which will be posted by national media to educate society on the problem and provide real solutions to rehabilitation.
The Narconon program will also be posting free information on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/StopAddiction.
“In addition to our free educational resources, our help is available to anyone who is struggling with opiate addiction – or families anywhere who are trying to save a loved one’s death. We recommend that families call our 24 hour confidential helpline as soon as possible,” adds Hallmark.
For more information on the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation program, call 1-800-468-6933 today.