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Overdose Deaths in the United States

Jun 15, 2023

Deborah Kuzmin, LCSW | Executive Director of Hanley Center at Origins

Each day in the United States, more than 130 people die as a result of an overdose. That’s one death every 11 minutes. Mental health concerns and the ongoing effects of the pandemic continue to contribute to this reality. Drug overdoses are now one of the leading causes of death for Americans under 50. The opioid epidemic continues to ravage communities across the country with no end in sight. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please seek help. There are resources available to help you or your loved one on the path to recovery. Remember, you are not alone.

Overdose deaths in the United States continue to climb at an alarming rate.

The alarming rate of overdose deaths in the United States is a tragedy that has only been further exacerbated by the lingering effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and mental health crisis. Over 70,000 people lost their lives to an opioid-related death in 2020 alone. This number represents a stark increase from previous years and is a reflection of the complex and far-reaching implications of mental health, substance abuse, and Covid on individuals throughout our country. It is incumbent upon us to raise awareness and take preventative action to tackle this multi-pronged problem head-on.

In the United States, the rate of overdose deaths continues to escalate. The opioid epidemic has already taken a tremendous human toll over the past decade and a half, and it is no surprise that this crisis persists in light of Covid-19, economic insecurity, exacerbated mental health struggles, and other issues facing society. Mental health disorders and an increased risk of opioid misuse have been linked for some time now, creating a vicious cycle of depression, addiction, and ultimately death from overdose. The continued economic effects of the pandemic are undeniably contributing to the grim reality of rising drug overdoses. Those who are struggling financially may turn to substances as an escape. In turn, these same people often lack access to medical interventions or support networks they may need in their recovery journey.

Mental health concerns and the pandemic are all contributing factors to this increase.

The opioid crisis has devastated  our society for decades, but its severity is only intensifying. The lack of access to mental health services during quarantine, the loneliness associated with social distancing protocols, and the current economic recession have all created a climate of desperation that no one was prepared for. Addressing these issues is critical in our efforts to halt the opioid epidemic from escalating further. It’s clear that we must come together to provide adequate resources to those struggling with both their physical and mental health in order for us to rise above this crisis.

We need to destigmatize mental illness and addiction in order to help those who are struggling.

Mental illness and addiction are stigmatized topics in our society, which could prevent people from seeking the help that they need. We need to normalize talking about mental health and understand that anyone can suffer from the effects of addiction or mental illness. Acknowledging that these issues do not discriminate can help those who struggle to reach out for help. With understanding and acceptance, we can create an environment where everyone can get the support they need without feeling ashamed or isolated. To effectively tackle this growing epidemic of overdose deaths, we must destigmatize these topics so people know there is help available if they find themselves in a difficult situation.

Hanley Center at Origins provides mental health and substance use disorder treatment and family support in order to heal.

Hanley Center is committed to helping those struggling with mental health, substance use, and co-occurring disorders. Our holistic approach allows individuals heal and restore balance in their lives; this includes supportive services for the entire family. Hanley’s evidence-based practices include state-of-the-art residential programs and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Those participating in these programs benefit from one-on-one sessions, group therapy, and alumni support. Hanley Center focuses on improving individuals’ well-being through an emphasis on developing coping skills and building resilience. By providing integrated care solutions that prioritize both physical and mental health, we seek to empower those affected by mental illness and substance use disorders to thrive.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, please seek help.

Addiction is a complex issue and trying to find help for yourself or someone close can be overwhelming. However, it is crucial that help is sought to break the addiction cycle before it causes long-lasting physical or mental health damage. If you are struggling with addiction or know someone who is, please seek support from a professional. Overdose deaths have reached new heights due to the increased stress on our mental health; do not let anyone become part of this statistic. Reach out and get help as soon as you can so we can fight this crisis together.

To put it simply, the continued devastation of overdose deaths in historic numbers needs to be addressed. Current situations are all working together to create a dire situation for those affected by addiction and substance abuse. But there is hope. We need to destigmatize mental illness and addiction in order for individuals who are struggling to get the help that they so desperately need. This is why Hanley Center provides mental health and substance use disorder treatment and family support so that individuals can heal. There’s no shame in getting help, especially when facing such difficult times. If you or someone you know is suffering from addiction, don’t hesitate to reach out for assistance. Despite these incredibly trying times we face, everyone deserves support on their journey to recovery.

 

Hanley Center is a well-known care provider offering a range of treatment programs targeting the recovery from substance use, mental health issues, and beyond. Our primary mission is to provide a clear path to a life of healing and restoration. We offer renowned clinical care for mental illnesses and have the compassion and professional expertise to guide you toward lasting wellness. For information on our programs, call us today: 561-841-1033.

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