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Drug Overdose Deaths Continue to Increase

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data indicating that the number of deaths caused by drug overdose has increased for the eleventh straight year. The federal data is based on death certificate records and though it is not always clear whether the death was due to accidental overdose or suicide. However, the study indicates that prescription drugs and painkillers in particular are responsible for 60 percent of the deaths, and most prescription drug overdoses are accidental. The rate at which this epidemic has increased in severity alarms public health experts, who also mentioned that painkillers are over-prescribed for conditions such as back pain and migraines.

Prescription drugs have historically been the leading cause of overdose deaths in most areas for over a decade. There is a misconception that painkillers and other prescribed medications do not pose the same risks as other hard drugs such as heroin, making it very dangerous for individuals who misjudge the dosage in an attempt to get high. The study, which appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, published results that are consistent with ER records in the instance and prevalence of prescription drug overdoses. Many hospitals and other institutions are looking at tightening restrictions on the prescription and distribution of these drugs.

If you struggle with drug or alcohol addiction, or know someone who does, you should seek treatment right away for yourself or your loved one. Retreat at Lancaster County strives to provide the highest quality substance abuse treatment on the East Coast. Those suffering from drug or alcohol abuse may not have the coping mechanisms needed to heal, making it very difficult to stay sober without professional support. The staff at Retreat at Lancaster County is committed to the full cycle of recovery, including the necessary ongoing emotional and mental support to prevent relapse. Contact Retreat at Lancaster County today with questions or concerns about drug addiction, alcoholism or treatment.

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