Preventing Addiction: Why Michigan Should Track Opioid Use Among Patients

The simple fact of the matter is that opiate drugs (whether they appear in the form of heroin or in the form of opiate prescription pain medication) kill people.  That is the simple truth of the matter.  Opiates in general, no matter how they appear to us, are highly addictive and highly dangerous, to say the least.  They always have been and they probably always will be.  It is the simple yet unfortunate nature of opiates and how they react on the human body.

The number of drug overdoses alone that are occurring in the United States every year is climbing rapidly, especially in some key states, one of which is Michigan.  Between the years 2001 and 2010 for example, drug poisoning deaths in the U.S. almost doubled in number to now measure over 27,000 deaths in the year of 2010 alone.  The truly saddening thing about these deaths too is that the number one killer was opioid pain reliever drugs!  A drug that was supposed to help us, killed us.  These were opiate pain reliever drugs that were prescribed and bought legally and often with the intention to help, yet they killed more Americans than heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth combined even.

To add to the above statistic on the sheer deaths that occur from drug and alcohol abuse, prescription painkillers, in particular, are killing more Americans than any other single type of drug (more than all other types of drugs combined actually).  These are the ones to watch out for the most in this country and in Michigan specifically, and unfortunately, they are also the ones pushed by doctors the most too.  Of the 32,400 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2015, opioid prescription painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for about fifty-five percent of the total deaths.

Sad statistics indeed but true ones nevertheless.  Now more than ever the state of Michigan needs to keep a watchful eye on this problem and really monitor it and really do something about it before it gets any worse.  The sad and honest truth is that if nothing is done about it then it is the type of problem that will only get a lot worse long before it does get any better either.  That is if it does get better without a severe amount of work which is unlikely.

What To Do About the Problem

In Michigan, the absolute best way to tackle and really do something about this problem would be by instituting inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, rehabilitation programs, and recovery organizations.  These centers more so than anything else can affect the kind of change that Michigan needs so desperately.

The thing about opiate addiction that makes it so devastating and so dangerous is that it is not something that can be gotten rid of on its own.  No, it is not nearly that simple or that easy.  Opiate addiction and substance abuse, in general, is a far more concerning and far more prevalent and extant crisis issue that is impossible to get rid of without the help of an inpatient drug and alcohol addiction and rehabilitation program.

Such programs do the most good for struggling addicts because such programs go the extra mile to help people.  Such programs reach out and truly make a difference by applying an approach that includes both chemical detoxification to assist the individual in his or her physical dependence on drugs and alcohol, as well as a mental approach through rehabilitation counseling and the like.  This is why inpatient rehabs do so much good, and why they will probably continue to be the most workable approaches to truly getting rid of drug and alcohol addiction once and for all.

Drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation is a steadily worsening and worrying problem, to say the least, and it has been going on for some time now too.  Without a doubt, the problem with opiates in Michigan is the single most worrisome health problem this state has.  With rehabilitation, it can be gotten rid of once and for all.


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