Opioid addiction in America is a serious problem. Unfortunately, dealing with an addiction of any kind leads to a possibility of overdose. However, one family is working to put an end to drug overdoses by spreading awareness through their story.
The National H.O.P.E Project has been created to get drug overdose reversal medicines into homes all over the nation. If you, a friend, or a family member is struggling with addiction issues, be sure to call Legacy Freedom. Our affordable options for outpatient drug treatment in Asheville NC mean they'll never miss a class. Call today to learn more.
What Is Project H.O.P.E?
Below, you will find a note from the Myre family. One of their loved ones died due to an opioid addiction and overdose. Another loved one was there when the drug abuser lost their life and is now devastated and fighting to get over his own addiction. He is also trying to rebuild a life with family and friends after recovery.
"The National H.O.P.E. Project rose out of personal tragedy. A friend and a family member succumbed to opioid addiction and their lives and their families have never been the same. One died, one will spend the rest of his life trying to rebuild a successful career and recapture the love of his wife and children. Both began their addictions with a doctor’s prescription. Nobody thought twice about the side effects or even considered the fact that Oxycodone is synthetic heroin and highly addictive. One is using heroin now because it’s easier to get and it’s cheaper. That’s how drug epidemics start.
We are the Myre Family. We can’t sit by and let somebody else take care of the problem anymore. We believe in the power of individuals to effect change. That’s why we started working, researching and networking to create the National H.O.P.E Project. It hasn’t been easy, but then nothing worthwhile ever is. We can’t do it alone. We need money, expertise and the dedication of volunteers. Together we can save lives.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for visiting our website and considering a donation to The National H.O.P.E. Project. No contribution large or small will go to waste. And, in closing, we want you to know that every life is precious, and yes, there is always hope."
For quality addiction help in Western North Carolina, call Legacy Freedom. We offer an alternative approach to drug treatment in Asheville NC.
The Medicine That Can Reverse an Overdose on Opioid Drugs
Naloxone, also called Narcan, is a medication that actually reverses the effects of an overdose that is caused by heroin, painkillers and other opioids. In 2015 alone more than 40,000 people overdosed on opioid drugs. It's alarming how quickly drug abuse is growing in our country. That is why this family has taken a stand to help bring a solution to the problem.
Facts and Statistics About Opioid Drug Abuse
The following facts and statistics, as found by cdc.gov, will give you a better idea of the problems not only in this area but the entire U.S. If a person you love has an addiction to alcohol or drugs, call Legacy Freedom for drug treatment in Asheville NC that you can trust.
- Nearly all people who used heroin also used at least one other drug, and most used at least three others.
- People who are addicted to alcohol are two times more likely to be addicted to heroin, while people who use marijuana are three times more likely. For cocaine users, that number jumps to 15 times more likely.
- The most striking indicator of future heroin use is opioid painkiller usage. These people are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin.
- The United States makes up only 4.6 percent of the world's population, but consumes 80 percent of its opioids, such as Oxycodone and Hydrocodone, according to ABC News.
- Opioid prescriptions per capita increased 7.3 percent from 2007 to 2012.
- In 2012, medical providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid painkillers.
- More and more people have been trying heroin for the first time each year: In 2002, 117,000 people tried it, but in 2014, the number was 212,000, an 81 percent jump. That's an average of 600 new people trying heroin every day.
- As heroin use has increased, so have heroin-related overdose deaths. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths nearly quadrupled, and more than 8,200 people died in 2013.
- Heroin use more than doubled among young adults ages 18–25 in the past decade.
- 45 percent of people who used heroin were also addicted to prescription opioid painkillers.
Do you, or someone you love, have a problem with heroin or other opioid drug? If so, you are not alone. As we said previously, many people in the US are battling an addiction to these dangerous drugs. Unfortunately, more than 40 people die each day from a prescription opioid overdose. That's in the US alone. While most of the medicine is prescribed for chronic pain, there has to be another way to fight this drug epidemic. The CDC is working toward new guidelines that will help physicians and caregivers better understand when opioids are needed and how long they should be taken as well as in what dosage. Healthcare workers in the area should also be able to help patients find the proper drug treatment in Asheville NC that suits their needs.
According to the Citizen Times newspaper in Asheville North Carolina, the Smoky Mountain MCO will help get the drug Narcan distributed throughout Western North Carolina by providing $100,000. This will offer 2600 doses of the drug. The nasal spray reverses opioid related overdoses and the Smoky Mountain MCO hopes that their donation alone will save more than 200 lives.
Buncombe County Sheriff Van Duncan states that "We’ve seen more overdoses, we’ve seen more arrests and we've seen more people trafficking in it," Duncan said. "It was probably about three years ago when we really started to see heroin, which we never saw before. Before that, we saw a case here, a case there. After that, about a year ago, we started to see some overdose deaths occurring at a pretty alarming rate."
In western North Carolina alone, unintentional heroin poisoning deaths in 2012, 2013 and 2014 were the highest they've been, historically. State totals are 147 in 2012, 179 in 2013, and 246 in 2014.
We hope this information helps you bring more awareness to the serious problem of opioid drug abuse and overdose. If you can, consider donating to the National H.O.P.E Project. It might end up saving your life or the life of someone you love.
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