A study released in April of this year, named Wilmington, NC as the number one city in the nation for opioid abuse. Castlight Health, a healthcare information company based in San Francisco released the study titled “The Opioid Crisis in America’s Workforce,” ranking the 25 worst cities for opioid abuse across the country.
Wilmington wasn't alone, three other North Carolina cities landed spots on the list as well. For alternative opiate addiction rehab, be sure to call Legacy Freedom. We offer a holistic approach to drug treatment in Wilmington NC that you'll not find anywhere else. Call today to learn more.
North Carolina - Opiate Epidemic Crisis
The study shows that Fayetteville comes in 18th on the list with 7.9% of the population abusing opioids. Jacksonville ranked 12th with 8.2%, Hickory came in fifth with 9.9% and Wilmington tops the charts with greater than 11.6% of the city's population abusing opioids. Nearly all 25 of the cities on the list are located in the southern states of the country.
Opioids are defined as synthetic drugs created to emulate opium. Opium is a highly addictive narcotic. Opioids are medications such as hydrocodone, morphine, oxycodone and other related drugs that are used to relieve pain and are also highly addictive. The report released in April defined an opioid abuser as someone “receiving greater than a cumulative 90-day supply of opioids and receiving an opioid prescription from four or more providers over the five year period between 2011 and 2015.”
Since these stats were gathered through insurance information, any pills consumed outside of the insurance pathway aren’t reported so these numbers could be greatly underreported. Insurance expenses were anonymously submitted by employer-provided coverage for about one million patients across the country to Castlight’s service over 2011-2015.
Opioid abuse causes almost $10 billion of damage per year to businesses due to the users being absent from work or sick while working, and the effects of opioid abuse are far reaching according to Kristin Torres Mowat, a senior vice president of plan development and data operations. Mowat stresses that awareness regarding the cost and impact of opioid abuse needs to be communicated between employers and employees and is constantly overlooked.
Here are some sobering facts relating to opioid abuse according to the study. If you or a love one needs addiction help, call Legacy for affordable drug treatment in Wilmington NC that you can trust.
- Nearly 2 million Americans are abusing prescription opioids
- 16,000 people die every year from prescription opioid overdoses
- Sales of opioid prescriptions in the US nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010
- 259 million opioid prescriptions were written in 2012. That is enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.
- Opioid abuse costs the US economy nearly $56 billion
It’s important to be aware of the signs of opioid abuse in order to recognize this in yourself or a loved one. Legacy Freedom Treatment Center of Wilmington wants to help you become free of your addiction. If you feel like you need help overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, Legacy Freedom can help you. We offer a wide variety of options for drug treatment in Wilmington NC. You'll love our outpatient options and our holistic approache to recovery. We want to help you start living the life you deserve, all you have to do is pick up the phone.
The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition works to prevent overdose fatalities among drug users. The coalition has averaged more than 100 overdose reversals per month from January to April in Wilmington alone, according to Robert Childs, the executive director. Childs agrees that this study illustrates that there is still a lot of work to do to reduce opioid dependence across the city.
Another measure that is in place to help with the ongoing prescription drug epidemic is the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA). The bill is important on many levels in terms of reforming the way drug addiction and abuse is handled both socially and criminally.
One major part of CARA is expanding access and more information about the opioid overdose reversal drug, Naloxone. Naloxone is a drug that is used in overdose situations to stop the effects of the drug in the body. The idea behind this point of the CARA bill is that the people who are misusing and abusing opioids will be able to respond quickly in overdose situations without fearing they will be criminally punished. This bill will also provide grants for states to support education, treatment, recovery, and prevention relating to addiction.
More Facts About The Opiate Epidemic
Here are other facts about the growing epidemic of opioid abuse according to the study:
One out of every three opioid prescriptions are being abused - that’s 32%. This accounts for 40% of the entire money spent on opioids. This shows that a relatively small number of people account for a large share of the spending on opioid prescriptions.
People who abuse opioids cost their employers almost twice as much in healthcare expenses as a person who is a non-abuser. The non-opioid abuser costs about $10,853 annually while the opioid user costs about $19,450 a year.
Opioid abusers are more likely to live in the rural south out of all the regions in the US. Legacy offers affordable drug treatment in Wilmington NC. Call today.
Opioid abusers have twice as many pain related conditions as non-abusers. Joint pain, neck pain, abdominal pain and back pain are the leading causes of pain among abusers.
Baby boomers are four times more likely to abuse opioids than millennials. About 7.4% of baby boomers have an opioid prescription while only 2.0% of millennials do. Baby boomers are considered to be ages 50 and older and millennials are aged 20-34.
People living in America’s lowest income areas are twice as likely to abuse opioids as those who live in higher income areas. Lowest income is considered to be less than $40,000 annually with the abuse rate at 6.3% while the highest income is greater than $84,000 with abuse at 2.7%.
People with a behavioral health diagnosis are three times more likely to abuse opioids than those without one. Behavioral health diagnoses are things such as depression or anxiety. 8.6% of people with one of these diagnoses abuse opioids while only 3.0% people without a behavioral diagnosis do.
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