Call for Funding to Combat Growing Heroin and Prescription Drug Addiction Epidemic
Posted By Schick Shadel Hospital || May 16, 2016
Last month, members of the Washington state Congressional delegation called for funding to address the growing heroin and prescription drug epidemic that is affecting communities both nationwide and among their constituents.
The members wrote,
“Overdoses and deaths related to heroin and prescription painkillers have increased sharply over the past few years, particularly in Washington state. Substance abuse has been stigmatized as a moral failing for far too long. We are poised and ready to work with you in order to figure out a solution to this national epidemic.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heroin use throughout the U.S. has increased among individuals of most age groups and across all income levels. Some of the highest increases were among groups with historically low rates like women, the privately insured, and people with higher incomes. Between 2002 and 2013, the rate of heroin-related overdoses has nearly quadrupled, with more than 8,200 deaths in 2013 alone.
The CDC asserts that states play a crucial role in the efforts to prevent, treat, and encourage recovery for this growing epidemic. A major point they list is increasing access to substance abuse treatment services. Here at Schick Shadel Hospital, we are licensed by the Department of Behavioral Health Services and are committed to providing a supportive and compassionate environment and the highest level of patient care and satisfaction.
Our treatment is based on 80 years of experience working with alcohol and drug addiction, including heroin and prescription drugs. Our understanding of this issue is built on a history of helping 65,000 patients with their addiction.
Our care doesn’t stop when the patients leave our drug and alcohol treatment center. We offer professional counseling to help patients create a plan for recovery and a life without drugs, as well as post-discharge support through Schick Shadel graduate meetings.
If you or a loved one is seeking support and treatment for their addiction, you can set up a free consultation. Call us at (888) 802-4206 to learn more.