Buncombe County Opioid Overdose Rate Almost Tripled in 2017

Drug Rehabilitation in Asheville NCIf you watch the news at all it’s likely you’ve seen countless overdose stories from all over the U.S. It’s happening more and more. People are overdosing on opioid drugs every day. Why? We are in a state of crisis when it comes to opioid addiction here in our country. Just when you think it may level out at some point, opioid addiction and overdoses continue to rise. In Buncombe County alone, rates almost tripled last year. If you or a loved one is needing drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC, call Legacy Freedom today.

It might be hard to believe, but when you take a look at the details you'll better understand. Opioid drugs are easy to get. Even if doctors won't prescribe them, they can be found on the street.

In an attempt to get the opioid crisis under control in Buncombe County, the county is suing major manufacturers. This is an attempt to learn more about opioids and the companies that are distributing them. They are also looking to gain financially in the hope that they will be able to undo some of the damage that has been done monetarily to the county when it comes to overdoses, addiction, and more. The money that could be gained from the lawsuit will also go towards treating babies who are born with opioid-related medical conditions.

Below, you’ll find the names of the manufacturers that are being sued. Three of these are distributors.

  • Activis Pharmaceuticals
  • Allergan
  • Amerisource
  • Bergen Drug
  • Cardinal Health
  • Cephalon
  • Endo Health Solutions
  • Jansssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • McKesson
  • Perdue Pharma
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries
  • Watson Pharmaceuticals

According to brp.org, "In the first eight months of this year, the number of emergency room visits in Buncombe County due to opioid overdoses nearly tripled as opposed to last year.  That’s just one of many statistics that gives county board of commissioners chair Brownie Newman pause.  He believes the manufacturers of opioids are ultimately to blame.  He states, they are some of the largest companies in the country, and they’ve made millions, billions of dollars really, off of the way they have placed these drugs in the community.  And in many ways, we believe they have also provided misinformation to the medical community about the nature of these drugs that lead to them being overprescribed.”

We have talked before about the opioid crisis in this area. It's no secret that in recent years it has gotten worse. Heroin is considered an opioid because it is derived from the same plant as prescription medications like hydrocodone, oxycodone, and more. Residents of western North Carolina area are turning to heroin a lot of the time because it's more easily accessible than prescription pain medicine. Western NC can find hope at Legacy Freedom. Call now and ask about our alternative approach to drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC.

To put things into perspective, consider the following information. In 2001, there were barely 20 deaths in the Appalachian area due to heroin-related issues. In 2012, there were more than 200 overdoses from heroin.

Many people have often wondered why the western North Carolina area is so troubled with opioid drug abuse. The problem is exacerbated by the fact that it is a remote, poverty-stricken area that is dealing with unemployment and other issues. All of these things factor into the problem of opioid abuse.

We hope this information helps bring awareness to the crisis we face in America when it comes to opioid addiction and overdose. If you or someone you love have an addiction to opioids, call us now. We can help.

Sometimes, professional treatment or drug rehab is the only way to rise above addiction and heroin use. Legacy Freedom of Asheville offers tailored treatments that help the direct needs of each of our patients. Support structures are a vital part of all recovery ventures. Several of our therapies occur in a group setting, surrounding you with the support you need to get back on the right path. It’s important to consider getting help, especially during the turn of the season, when you aren’t sure how the weather might affect your recovery.

Many people in the U.S. are battling an addiction to these dangerous drugs. Unfortunately, more than 40 people die each day from a prescription opioid overdose. With the right help, overdose and addiction can be avoided and recovery is just a phone call away.

Incredible Drug Rehabilitation in Asheville NC

Legacy Freedom of Asheville NC isn’t like any other type of drug treatment you will experience. We offer the following to those struggling with drug or alcohol use so that they can learn what life without drugs and alcohol will be like:

  • adventure therapy
  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • family therapy
  • group therapy
  • individual counseling focused on the individual’s needs
  • life skills
  • parental support and assistance
  • MAT

Contact Legacy Freedom to learn about how our outpatient alcohol and drug rehabilitation in Asheville NC is tailored to fit your needs.

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