Overdosing Behind the Wheel: A Growing Problem in the US

drug treatment in Asheville NCDo you or someone you love suffer from an addiction to drugs? If so, it's time to consider the facts, and possibly drug treatment in Asheville NC. The use of heroin and other dangerous drugs in the U.S. is growing rapidly. We have seen a rapid growth in the number of addicts joining our rehabilitation programs to get help in the past few months. Unfortunately, things seem to be getting worse.

The heroin epidemic is becoming a serious problem in the United States. The CDC has been closely monitoring this situation since early 2000 and in the last two years they have identified it as being out of control. Below, you’ll be able to read more about it.

Overdosing on drugs while behind the wheel of a motor vehicle has been increasing at an alarming rate. If you've been watching or reading the news over the course of the past year you may have noticed this situation.

All across the United States individuals are injecting heroin or other drugs while stopped at a traffic light. At that point, they may overdose, but not before they begin driving away. As they drive, they're beginning to lose consciousness and, eventually, they are completely unconscious while operating the vehicle. In most cases, the vehicle crashes.

Believe it or not, this problem is becoming such an issue that just this month Louisville Kentucky had more than 50 overdose calls within 32 hours. Most of the overdoses were related to heroin, but enough reports have not been released to get an exact number.

Within that time-frame, one of the overdoses resulted in a man losing his life at the wheel due to crashing into another vehicle.

Another person died behind the wheel due to the overdose when they crashed into another vehicle, but, thankfully, there were no additional reports of injuries from the accident.

In North Carolina, there were three separate car accidents in January that involved heroin overdoses. Two of those accidents involved children. If you, or a loved one, needs drug treatment in Asheville NC, please call Legacy Freedom. We can help you.

A public safety threat is stemming from this situation. In many of the instances when someone overdoses while driving, there are children either in one of the vehicles involved in the crash or children are innocent bystanders or pedestrians.

Just last month, there was almost a serious tragedy when a man overdosed on heroin while driving and barely missed running right into a daycare center. The man was a mile from his home and the time of the crash was 10 AM.

Because of the circumstances, authorities are beginning to assume that the heroin addicts are driving away from their home to use drugs and then attempting to drive back. This is a growing issue that is worrisome for many in the U.S.

According to greensboro.com, "There are several drug recognition experts on the DWI Task Force who are trained to know the symptoms of people on drugs — and those who may be suffering from a medical emergency. Someone who has taken heroin or another opioid may appear drowsy."

The only way to fight this situation might be for drivers to begin learning the symptoms and signs of someone using heroin or other drugs while driving. At the very least, someone may notice the driver is using and hopefully steer clear of their path while calling authorities.

drug treatment in Asheville NCAlso according to greensboro.com, "The drug reacts with your muscles so you’re extremely relaxed. It’s hard to hold your eyelids open and your head up. Officers call the behavior, 'on the nod,' because the neck muscles are too relaxed to hold the head up. A person can usually hear and respond to what someone is saying to them. Other symptoms may include scratching the head and face, running fingers through the hair or signs of needle injections in the crooks of the arms."

Ohio is also having a serious problem with people overdosing behind the wheel. In 2016 alone suspected overdoses while operating a motor vehicle tripled. Overdoses more than doubled. Just in Brunswick Ohio, there were six cases. In Medina County there were 49 cases of overdosing behind the wheel in 2016. That's up from 14 in 2015.

Across the board, officers are working hard to put measures in place to drastically reduce this overdose issue. But, as the heroin epidemic increases, overdoses will as well. That also means the issue with overdosing while driving will continue to worsen.

However, rest assured that officers are being trained as we speak to learn more about overdosing while driving, the symptoms that come with heroin use and how quickly the onset of effects are. They're also working closely with the drug administration agencies and more to get this problem under control. They're working towards shutting down the heroin epidemic and lowering overdoses in all cases.

We hope this information  helps you better understand how serious this situation is becoming. It might be time for you or someone you love to consider rehab.

Affordable Alcohol and Drug Treatment in Asheville NC For 2017

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.

If you, or someone you know, are suffering from a substance abuse problem, it's time to get help. While it’s easy to believe that you are alone in this struggle, that is the farthest thing from the truth. There are numerous people dealing with addiction in the world, and right here in Asheville.

Regardless of how bad drug or alcohol use has become, help is always available in 2017. Contact Legacy Freedom for alcohol and drug treatment in Asheville NC that you can trust. We are here to help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life in the new year.

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