Erie County, New York is facing a recent surge of heroin overdose deaths due to what officials believe is tainted heroin. Between March 29th and March 30th, seven individuals died, a death rate 7 times higher than average. Most weeks, local health officials say, Erie County faces around 7 opioid overdose deaths, but this week was clearly different, and fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is 50 to 100 times stronger than heroin, may be to blame.
According to report recently published by New York state officials, heroin deaths in the state far exceed the national average. The report also finds that people from the state are more likely to get treatment for opioid addiction than individuals in most other parts of the U.S. However, this numbers may be skewed by the fact the New York has a higher percentage of residents with health insurance policies, as well as a greater amount of public funding for addiction treatment than many other states.
New York state wasn’t always one of the epicenters of America’s opioid and heroin addiction crisis. Statistics show that the amount of overdoses deaths have steadily risen throughout the last 15 years. However, despite the large amount of deaths, New York is far from the state with the highest opioid-related death rate. In fact, the state of Ohio has the highest rate of heroin-related overdose deaths, leaving New York with the 19th highest rate of heroin deaths among an analysis of 43 states.
- In 2014, New York overdose deaths hit a record peak of 825, increasing more than 23% from 2013.
- Overall drug deaths in New York increased more than 140% from the years 2005- 2014.
- During the same period, 2005 -2014, national drug overdose deaths increased by 58%.
- Deaths in New York in which opioids were a contributing factor increased more than 40% in 2014. In contrast, opioids contributed to only 30% of statewide deaths in 2005.
Across America, drug-related death rates are soaring, and many parts of New York state are among the hardest-hit locations in the entire country. Poverty, lack of good jobs, lack of mental-health treatment services, and, perhaps most importantly, lack of quality addiction treatment services all contribute to this increasingly deadly epidemic.
Admitting you need help for addiction is the first and bravest step you can take for your recovery. At Get Treatment, we can help you find a certified heroin rehab program that meets your needs. Our team of dedicated admissions specialists can verify your insurance and provide more information about our top-rated addiction treatment facilities and what you can expect from your stay at one of these rehab centers.
Each treatment facility has a multidisciplinary team of addiction specialists who have years of experience helping people addicted to heroin and other opiates. Each treatment is tailored to effectively address the physical, emotional and psychological needs of every patient. Our goal is to find you a substance abuse treatment center where you will receive the support and guidance you need to cope in healthier ways and thrive in your recovery.
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