The United States is in an opioid epidemic. More than two million Americans have become dependent on or abused prescription pain pills. Many switch to heroin as it is less expensive than prescription drugs.
Quick Facts About the US Opioid Crisis:
- 1 million Americans with opioid addiction
- From 1999 to 2016, more than 350,000 people died from an opioid overdose, including prescription and illicit opioids
- 40% of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid
- During 2017, there were more than 72,000 overdose deaths in the US, including 49,068 that involved an opioid
- Opioid prescriptions dispensed by doctors steadily increased from 112 million in 1992 to a peak of 282 million in 2012
The Colorado Opioid stats are not any better.
- 558 opioid overdose deaths in 2017, 55% of all drug poisoning deaths
- Heroin treatment admissions at state-licensed facilities have increased by 132% since 2013
Although many feel insulated from opioid addiction this crisis does not discriminate by gender, age, race or social class. It can impact anyone. However, there is help and hope.
New regulations are being implemented to limit pain pills and expand treatment options, including the distribution of $485 million in grant money across the nation. State Legislatures are also introducing measures to regulate pain clinics and limit the number of opioids doctors can dispense.
These new regulations are being matched by many public awareness campaigns that focus on the seriousness of addiction and the opioid crisis. These awareness campaigns are vital to breaking stigmas, developing support systems and ultimately solving the issue. Such campaigns are vital to helping those impacted by opioid addiction.
One Colorado-based campaign, Lift The Label, is making strides that focus on supporting those with opioid addictions and helping individuals seek effective treatment. Lift the Lable was developed by the Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health and funded through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The campaign addresses challenges in overcoming addiction and effective ways to manage pain. Lift The Label provides information on treatment plans ranging from medication-assisted treatments that help an addicted brain recover to opioid detoxifications. Lift The Label offers more than just treatment plans.
A key to recovery is continuous education for addicts to overcome the barriers they face when seeking support. Lift The Label fosters support-groups by helping families and friends learn the facts about opioid addiction and recognize the signs and symptoms.
New Health Services participates in the Lift The Label campaign. We continue to lead the way for better pain treatment, especially for patients who are currently underserved. Our focus is on providing a new approach to pain treatment by integrating traditional medical care with mental wellness—leading to better outcomes.
New Health Services’ very own Ozzie Cabral is involved in the Lift The Label campaign.