OCT 04 2016 (WASHINGTON) – The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has reduced the amount of almost every Schedule II opiate and opioid medication that may be manufactured in the United States in 2017 by 25 percent or more. A handful of medicines were reduced by more, such as hydrocodone, which will be 66 percent of last year’s level. Demand for these opioid medicines, represented by prescriptions written by DEA-registered practitioners, has decreased according to sales data obtained by DEA.
Drug Enforcement Administration, Oct 2016
New Guidelines for Opioid Prescriptions
Earlier this year the CDC issued new guidelines for prescribing opioids to practitioners; recommending a reduction in prescription of opioid medications for chronic pain. For years, DEA and others have been educating practitioners, pharmacists, manufacturers, and the public about the potential dangers of the misuse of opioid medications. Prescription opioid overuse has been traced to two key changes in pain management.
Overdose deaths have more than doubled over the last fifteen years, mostly caused by prescription opioids. For many, their first drug use was prescription painkillers, but then the drug use progressed to heroin.
Today, more Americans die from drug overdoses than car crashes or gun fatalities. Drug overdoses killed 47,000 people in the US in 2014, the latest year for which data is available. That’s 130 deaths per day, on average. The majority of those deaths – 80 per day – involved an opioid.
Addiction Does Not Discriminate
The current epidemic involves whiter and wealthier communities than previous drug crises. Some point to a change in racial and economic demographics as one reason many politicians have re-evaluated the tough “war on drugs” strategy of the past 30 years.
This March, the Obama administration announced a plan to expand access to opioid abuse treatment and prevent overdose deaths. The US House of Representatives and Senate have both passed bills aimed at curbing the crisis, in a rare display of bipartisan cooperation. Many local legislators have also shifted strategies, advocating for harm reduction and drug addiction treatment rather than punishment.
On July 22, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016 was signed into law.
Baby Boomer Addiction and Rehab
Baby boomers are increasing developing drug addictions. They are using drugs, getting into trouble for drug offenses, and dying from drug overdoses at increasingly higher rates. Boomers struggling with addiction issues are actively looking for addiction recovery programs structured for older adults; some seeking gender specific addiction rehab and treatment programs.
How Widespread are Opioid Overdose Deaths?
It seems that every time we turn on the news, there is more news about an opioid epidemic and deaths from overdose. How bad is it?
The maps below from The Guardian provide an easily understandable graphic look at differences in the 15 years between 1999 and 2014. (To see the original, interactive version of these maps, please see https://www.theguardian.com/society/ng-interactive/2016/may/25/opioid-epidemic-overdose-deaths-map.)
Historical View: War on Drugs 1971 – Criminalization, Not Rehab
“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities.
We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”
John Ehrlichman, who served as domestic policy chief for President Richard Nixon when the “war on drugs” was declared in 1971.
More Effective Drug Addiction Treatment – Rehab and Harm Reduction
Everyone in the drug addiction field agrees that addicts cannot be ‘talked’ out of addiction.
And addicts also cannot be ‘shamed’ out of their addiction. Addicts cannot (in most cases) be successfully ‘threatened’ out of addiction.
“Anybody that’s tried to make somebody stop using drugs knows, that doesn’t work very well. If someone wants to use drugs it is next to impossible to force them to stop using drugs.” CBS News reported heroin overdose deaths in NC rose 584% in the last four years. Vincent said arresting drug users and stigmatizing them doesn’t help them find recovery.
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Addiction as Public Health Issue
Addiction is a public health issue. Why? Because addiction can negatively affect everyone. Controlling the spread of diseases that affect public health, such as HIV or hepatitis C, is of urgent concern.
If harm reduction for addiction were in a business setting – the solution would be obvious. However, many of our lawmakers still view addiction as a moral failure.
Laws in many states are still oriented towards shame and punishment as the correct public policy for addiction. Fighting addiction needs better and more effective public policy.
Opioid Addiction Rehab and Chronic Pain Management: Effective Opioid Addiction Rehab
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is a gender specific rehab for men, ages 30 and older; located in the beautiful mountains of Prescott, Arizona. We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from who are addicted to alcohol and opioid-based prescription painkillers; as well as treating co-occurring disorders.
When indicated, we use suboxone treatment for managing opioid withdrawal symptoms.
Our goal is to assist older men in learning how to enjoy a superior quality of life without the use of alcohol or addictive painkillers.
Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the beautiful mountains of Prescott, Arizona.
We use a multi-disciplinary addiction treatment approach to treat the whole person, implemented by licensed professionals.
Mindfulness training, healthy exercise, nutritional counseling and education, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychoeducation are a part of our treatment program. We have chosen to keep our facility small and staff to client ratio large.
Each client receives individual therapy and counseling; as well as group therapy and counseling.
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