Overdose Statistics Are Rising

Overdose deaths increase every decade with rapid growth in the past two years. Opioid overdoses rose from 3.1 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015 to 17.8 deaths per 100,000 people in 2020. As a result, the CDC has deemed opioid overdoses an epidemic. Get the opioid treatment help you need to not be part of the growing statistic.

What Are Opioids?

Opioids are used for pain relief in the medical field and are to be handled carefully by professionals. Opioids are a medication that can only be prescribed by a doctor, as they come with a high risk of addiction. Opioids affect the neurons in your brain that relieve the pain and make you feel happy and calm. It’s common to get prescribed an opioid after major surgery, traumatic injury, or a broken bone. Some different types of opioids are oxycodone, fentanyl, buprenorphine, and hydrocodone. 

Signs To Look Out For

We know this can be a challenging time if someone you know is starting to show signs of opioid addiction. While addiction looks different for everyone, here are a few early signs you should watch for:

  • Change in eating
  • Change in sleeping habits
  • Finishing a prescription early 
  • Isolating themselves
  • Constricted pupils 
  • Slurring
  • Nodding off
  • Stealing 
  • Visiting more than one doctor/ hospital in hopes of getting more prescriptions 

Overdose Statistics

With the CDC declaring this an opioid epidemic and the staggering rise in overdoses, here’s some statistics to think about:

  • Since 1999, around 841,000 people have died from a drug overdose 
  • The United States had a 28% increase in overdose deaths in 2021 from the previous year 
  • In 2021, there were an estimated 100,306 overdose deaths
  • Adults between the ages of 35-44 have the highest rate of overdose deaths
  • From 2019 to 2020, the rate for all ethnicities in overdose deaths increased 
  • The overdose rate in males went up 10% from 29.6 to 39.5
  • The overdose rate in females went up 5% from 13.7 to 17.. 
  • Out of all the drug categories, opioid overdose deaths increased the fastest 

Opioid Treatment Help is Available

If you or someone you know has decided you’re ready to get help, American Treatment Network offers three locations: Havertown, PA, Dover, DE, and Newark, DE. We offer services for opioid and alcohol abuse, as well as mental health services. We start by conducting a Comprehensive Assessment of the patient’s situation, and then we design an Individualized Treatment Plan that involves Medication-Assisted Treatment. We provide safe medications to help relieve withdrawal symptoms. Lastly, we offer individual and/or group therapy and Behavioral & Holistic Health Programming. Every treatment plan is different in order to best suit the person’s recovery. 

American Treatment Network in Havertown, PA

American Treatment Network in Havertown, PA, Dover, DE, and Newark, DE are dedicated to getting you help you need. We specialize in opioid and alcohol abuse, and mental health. Call us today or visit our three locations.


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