President Obama Addressing West Virginia’s Heroin Epidemic. Courtesy: of www.CNN.com
West Virginia has the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, according to a recent report by Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. These findings draw more attention to one of the nation’s poorest regions as they deal with the compounding problem of heroin abuse, opiate abuse and the rise in hepatitis C.
A Look At The Numbers Of Heroin In The USA
There were 34 drug overdose deaths per 100,000 West Virginia residents from 2011-13, up 22 deaths per 100,000 in 2007-09. The overdose death rate in West Virginia is more than double the national average, and far surpasses the second-highest state, which is New Mexico. New Mexico has 28.2 deaths per 100,000 people. The national average is 13.4.
Why Are Overdose Rates High?
What makes West Virginia prone to such high drug overdose rates?
It’s complicated, but there are a few reasons why the problem has reached such significant proportions. First, much of the state is impoverished and has poor education, which means residents are often uneducated and illiterate. Isolation is another factor, as people and communities feel somewhat cutoff thanks to the rugged mountainous terrain.
Another consideration is the limited number of substance abuse programs available. People with drug problems don’t know where to go for help. Even if they hear of a program that’s out of state, it’s difficult to get there because of the cost of the program, the cost of transportation and the lack of family support.
These are some of the same factors that drive West Virginia toward the bottom of many other health and quality of life issues. Mental health, physical health and drug use often go hand in hand. The state has also been dealing with a significant rise in hepatitis C. This condition is transmitted through injecting drugs or having unprotected sex and is higher in rural areas among young, white drug users.
What’s Being Done?
Fortunately, there is hope. The key is getting residents in states like West Virginia and New Mexico to be aware of their options. Just last month, President Obama announced new steps to address drug problems at a community forum in West Virginia. Among these changes are increased training for professionals who prescribe opiates, an improvement to access treatment and help from 40 provider groups.
How The River Source Is Helping
The River Source is one example of a qualified treatment center that is reaching out to help people in impoverished, rural communities. Our program is more affordable than the average, and the quality of care is never sacrificed. We believe that if someone wants help, they should be able to get it. Not only are our prices upfront, honest and reasonable, but we also accept In and Out of network insurance and have financing options.
Additionally, The River Source can assist with transportation to help families reduce the cost of airfare. We provide pick-up and transportation from baggage claim to the safety of our facility. We do not believe that travel should stand in the way of someone receiving treatment.
The River Source is a holistic treatment program that helps heal the mind, body and spirit. We are pleased to offer alternative therapies and a safe, supportive environment that facilitates sobriety. To learn more about how we can start you on your journey to sobriety, please give us a call today.