Tuesday, April 24, 2018



Data from the National Vital Statistics System, Mortality
In 2016, there were more than 63,600 drug overdose deaths in the United States.The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths in 2016 (19.8 per 100,000) was 21% higher than the rate in 2015 (16.3).Among persons aged 15 and over, adults aged 25–34, 35–44, and 45–54 had the highest rates of drug overdose deaths in 2016 at around 35 per 100,000.West Virginia (52.0 per 100,000), Ohio (39.1), New Hampshire (39.0), the District of Columbia (38.8), and Pennsylvania (37.9) had the highest observed age-adjusted drug overdose death rates in 2016.The age-adjusted rate of drug overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids other than methadone (drugs such as fentanyl, fentanyl analogs, and tramadol) doubled between 2015 and 2016, from 3.1 to 6.2 per 100,000.

Deaths from drug overdose are an increasing public health burden in the United States (1–4). This report uses the most recent data from the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS) to update trends in drug overdose deaths, describe demographic and geographic patterns, and identify shifts in the types of drugs involved.

Detecting drug abuse early on is the most effective way of preventing an addiction from developing.To help identify whether someone is battling a painkiller abuse problem, there are several physical and behavioral warning signs to watch out for.

The most common physical and behavioral signs of opiate abuse are:Needle marks on arms and legs from intravenous (injected) use/Constricted, “pinpoint” pupils /Having trouble staying awake or falling asleep at inappropriate times/ Flushed, itchy skin/
Withdrawing from social activities that were once enjoyed/Sudden and dramatic mood swings that seem out of character Impulsive actions and decision-making Engaging in risky activities/ such as driving under the influence/Visiting multiple doctors in order to obtain more prescriptions

SAMHSA’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Recovery connections also available recoveryfriends@gmail.com or visit the Blog www.joseph-recoveryconnections.blogspot.com

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