The United States has been battling a dependence on opioids for several years now as people across the country have become addicted to these types of drugs.
Without proper opioid addiction treatment, the consequences have been growing in severity. With so many people abusing opioids and a number of opioid overdose deaths, the country is facing one of its largest national public health crises.
The Opioid Epidemic in Delaware
Although Delaware is one of the smallest states in the country, it too, has been struggling with opioids. Prescription painkillers, heroin, and synthetic opioids have all caused devastation throughout the state.
One of the biggest contributors to the opioid crisis continues to be prescription opioids. While the average rate of opioid prescriptions written for every 100 persons in the United States was 51.4 in 2018, Delaware exceeded these numbers with a rate of 60.6.1 Because many people will begin by abusing these painkillers before turning to heroin, the high number of people being prescribed these drugs in the state is concerning and may also be a part of Delaware’s biggest problem with opioids.
Heroin in particular has played a major role in the opioid crisis in Delaware. The United States Drug Enforcement Administration cites heroin as the biggest drug threat in the state.2 Because of its proximity to Philadelphia, high purity heroin continues to be readily available in Delaware, making the drug cheap as well.3 Many people who become hooked on the prescription opioids they are prescribed are turning to heroin for its stronger effects and cheaper price. Eventually, some of these people may also turn to more potent synthetic opioids such as fentanyl, which have been growing in popularity throughout the country.
Opioid Overdose Deaths in Delaware
Delaware’s opioid crisis comes with serious consequences as well. Unfortunately, not everyone will get a drug detox or go to treatment and the results can be fatal. In 2018 in the United States, almost 70% of all drug overdose deaths involved an opioid, but in Delaware, this number reached 88%. In total, 355 people died from opioids in the state that year.1 Although heroin was a large contributor to these numbers, in more recent years, the number of overdose deaths from synthetic opioids has risen dramatically.4 As these synthetic opioids continue to grow in popularity, these numbers could continue to rise.
Because we are a substance abuse treatment center in Milford, the opioid crisis in Delaware is especially concerning, but we want to help. If you or someone you care about is addicted to opioids of any kind, get help.
To learn more about our programs at Banyan Treatment Centers Delaware and how we may be able to help you or a loved one, call us today at 888-280-4763.
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.
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