Opioid Drug Overdoses Underestimated 24% between 2008-2014 

“An important barrier to formulating effective policies to address the rapid rise in U.S. fatal overdoses is that the specific drugs involved are frequently not identified on death certificates. This analysis supplies improved estimates of state opioid and heroin involved drug fatality rates in 2014, and changes from 2008 to 2014.”
Geographic Variation in Opioid and Heroin Involved Drug Poisoning Mortality Rates by Christopher J. Ruhm, PhD.

Nearly 35,000 people across America died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Christopher Ruhm reviewed thousands of death certificates from 2008 through 2014. He concluded the mortality rates were 24 percent higher for opioids and 22 percent higher for heroin than had been previously reported. These differences are likely attributed to the growing use of synthetic opioids like street fentanyl that medical examiners and health departments may not have included initially on death certificates. Experts have previously said the reported numbers of deaths were underestimated, but this is the first study to quantify just how much.

“Opioid mortality rate changes were considerably understated in Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey and Arizona,” the study states. “Increases in heroin death rates were understated in most states, and by large amounts in Pennsylvania, Indiana, New Jersey, Louisiana and Alabama.”

AJPM Reported and corrected change in overdose death rates (per 100,000), 2008 versus 2014

AJPM Reported and corrected change in overdose death rates (per 100,000), 2014 versus 2008

These statistics emerged just days after the presidential opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, urged President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” to deal with the crisis.

2016 Opioid Overdose Deaths Even Higher

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The 2017 manufacturing quota of some prescription narcotics lowered by DEA by 25 percent or more.

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, estimates for the first nine months of 2016 were higher than the first nine months of the previous year, which had already reached an all time high of 52,404. Of those, more than 33,000 were attributed to opioid drugs including legal prescription painkillers as well as illicit drugs like heroin and street fentanyl.

Opioid abuse and opioid overdose are now considered leading causes of shortened life expectancy in the U.S; especially among baby boomers. In 2016, drug overdose deaths reached another record.

According to the New York Times preliminary analysis – 59,000 to 65,000 people died of overdoses in 2016. In comparison, more than 58,200 US troops died in the Vietnam War between 1955 and 1975, and more than 4,500 have died so far in the Iraq War since 2003 — which adds up to more than 62,700. The opioid addition problem has continued to worsen in 2017. 

Death Toll Equal to September 11th Every Three Weeks

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery - Healing GriefAccording to a preliminary study by the opioid commission chaired by Gov. Chris Christie, President Donald Trump should declare a national emergency and put the federal government fully behind efforts to curb opioid addiction. The study urged President Donald Trump to “declare a national emergency” and noted that “America is enduring a death toll equal to September 11th every three weeks.”

View the pdf: President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Preliminary Report 8-2017

“By declaring a state of emergency, the president will be putting the full weight of his office behind this issue,” said Christie, chairman of the President’s Commission on Combating the Opioid Crisis.

Christie said 142 Americans die every day from a drug overdose. “To say we have a crisis here is an understatement,” he said. “We are having our citizens die every day.”

NIDA Study Shows Need for Access to Evidence-based Pain Management

Prescription Opioid Use, Misuse, and Use Disorders in U.S. Adults: 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health NIDA Study, August 1, 2017

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery-Impaired-Professionals-RecoveryThe study data indicated that pain relief was most commonly cited as the reason for the misuse of opioids. And, that close to half of those who misused opioids obtained them free from a family member or friend. NIDA’s recommendations included “better prevention and treatment of the underlying disorders are necessary to decrease pain and the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid misuse,” the study said.

“As access to prescription opioids tightens, consumers increasingly are turning to dangerous street opioids, heroin, fentanyl alone or combined, and mingled with cocaine or other drugs,” the President’s Commission on Combating the Opioid Crisis stated in an interim report to Trump.

NIDA said the treatment of pain and pain management are at the root of the problem. “Our results are consistent with findings that pain is a poorly addressed clinical and public health problem in the United States and that it may be a key part of the pathway to misuse or addiction,” the group stated in the study.

According to the study, based on data collected from the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, close to 92 million people (38 percent) used prescription opioids in the prior year. Of these, about 11.5 million misused the drugs, and 1.9 million had an opioid use disorder.

Most people (63.4 percent) who misused these medications reported doing so to relieve physical pain. About 41 percent who misused opioids obtained them for free from a friend or relative. Misuse is defined as use of a medication without a prescription, for a reason other than as directed by a physician, or in greater amounts, more often, or longer than prescribed.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery – Successful Opioid Addiction Treatment
Addiction Recovery and Chronic Pain Management

Arrowhead-Lodge-Recovery,Men's Rehab Group Therapy, Prescott AZArrowhead Lodge Recovery is a residential-only gender specific rehab for men, baby boomers and older. Our treatment facility is located in the beautiful mountains above Prescott, Arizona. We have chosen to keep our facility small – and staff to client ratio large.

At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, we treat mature men who are addicted to alcohol and opioid-based prescription painkillers. When indicated, we also provide suboxone treatment for opioid dependence. A critical component of our addiction recovery program is treatment for chronic pain.

We treat boomer and older adult opioid addiction on two fronts: addiction and chronic pain. A key member of the Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff is Dr. Rob Ashby, M.D., Medical Director, Pain Medicine and Addictionologist is our physician. Dr. Ashby is board certified in pain medicine and addiction medicine.

In addition to allopathic medicine, Dr. Ashby has training in alternative medicine from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts. He is available to Arrowhead Lodge Recovery clients for physical medicine, pain medicine and addiction medicine.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Rehab for Men

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Men's Rehab, Prescott AZThe Arrowhead Lodge Recovery experienced and accredited staff allows us to help men for whom previous treatment attempts may have failed. Thorough medical, psycho-social, addiction and trauma assessments inform medical interventions, medication management needs. Our licensed and credentialed team approach to treating addiction and trauma is individual to each client.

We provide addiction and depression treatment for men who suffer from alcoholism, opioid prescription painkiller addiction or other substance abuse; as well as treating co-occurring disorders.

Our Professional Comprehensive Evaluation and Assessment provides detailed information and treatment solutions for “C” level executives, upper-level managers, airline pilots, law enforcement, licensed professionals, physicians and medical professionals, legal professionals and more. Our addiction rehab for professionals program satisfies licensing requirements and gives licensed professionals a new life filled with inner peace – without using drugs or alcohol.

We use a multi-disciplinary evidence-informed addiction treatment approach implemented by licensed professionals. The Arrowhead Lodge Recovery Staff includes a Physician-Addictionologist, Addiction Psychiatrist, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Registered Nurse, several Licensed Therapists, and an Addiction Nutritionist.

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.

Chronic Pain Treatment without Drugs

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Men's Rehab, Mindfulness MeditationRecent studies show that Mindfulness meditation reduces pain and generates lasting benefits. At Arrowhead Lodge Recovery,we have found that Mindfulness Training, integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and adjunct treatments, bring lasting results in addiction recovery. We treat underlying chronic pain conditions with non-addictive pain management and other proven alternative approaches to pain management. Very successful components of our addiction and chronic pain treatment plan include Mindfulness Training and Meditation Training,

Recovery Journey to Wholeness and Healing

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, Mens Rehab, Thumb Butte Trail

At our mountain retreat facility near Prescott, Arizona – mature men find and strengthen inner peace, discover a connection with their spirituality and experience tranquility.

Arrowhead Lodge Recovery is located in the Rocky Mountain pines of Northern Arizona; in Prescott National Forest. It is a man’s retreat from the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. Our clients feel safe here and are therefore able to open up and work on tough emotional issues around addiction and trauma.

There is something to be said about recovering in a natural setting where the deer graze, coyotes howl, and hawks and eagles soar that helps men reconnect with nature, their spirituality and personal authenticity.

It’s difficult to describe just how peaceful it is – you need to be here to experience it firsthand.

Opioid Addiction and Recovery Questions?

For confidential addiction rehab and recovery inquiries, please feel welcome to contact Ken Chance at Arrowhead Lodge Recovery, 888-654-2800.

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