Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana and is the second-largest city in the state. The city forms the parish seat of East Baton Rouge Parish. “The Red Stick” as many refer to this city, has an extensive park collection. Surprisingly, the Baton Rouge Zoo includes more than 1800 species. On the same note, there many other recreational possibilities in Baton Rouge. Museums, libraries, art centers, malls, and amusement parks are among them. Like many other communities around the nation, drug use has affected Baton Rouge in a bad way. The good news, however, is that there are solutions. Baton Rouge drug treatment centers are available to help addicts in the region get their lives back on track.
First, the 2015 Behavioral Health Barometer from SAMHSA shows that the most abused drug in Louisiana is alcohol. Interestingly, among adolescents aged 12-17, from 2010 to 2014, around 11.1% have used alcohol for the first time. Second, about 228,000 individuals aged 12 or older, from 2013 to 2014, were dependent on or abused alcohol within a year before the survey. Also, around 112,000 individuals aged 12 or older, from 2013 to 2014, reported drug addiction or drug abuse within a year before the survey.
At the same time, according to the CDC data the drug overdose fatalities increased in East Baton Rouge Parish since 1999. Therefore, in 2015 there was around 11 drug involving deaths per 100,000 people.
In addition to this, as of 2013, Louisiana has the 19th highest drug overdose mortality rate in the United States, at 13.2 fatalities per 100,000. A majority of these deaths are due to prescription drugs. Painkillers are most of the times easier to get but very expensive. On the other hand, street opioid drugs are very cheap and provide same effects as legal painkillers. However, they can cause excruciating withdrawal symptoms. Frequently, users keep taking the drugs just to avoid the unbearable pain of withdrawal.
Luckily, there is good news for those in Baton Rouge who want to get help in breaking their addictions. A recent SAMHSA report states that local authorities allocated $760,000 for preventing and reducing youth substance abuse and substance abuse treatment. Some of the grant programs already ended but some of them are still in progress.
Moreover, the Congress passed the 21 Century Cures Act and the CARA (Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act). The Act implies the allocation of more than $1 Billion for alcohol and drug addiction treatment and rehabilitation all over the country. The money would expand access to treatment for prescription drug abuse and heroin use. Of that money, $920 million would support cooperative agreements with states, expanding access to medication-assisted treatment.
Bottom line, if you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, help is available! Get Treatment has a list of the best Baton Rouge drug treatment facilities and rehab centers in your area. Our Addiction Counselors are always available at (888) 436-7297 to conduct free assessments and insurance verifications. We are happy to help you choose the best facility for the type of treatment you need. So don’t wait, call us! Let us help you start a new life!