It is distinctly visible that the American states are facing innumerable challenges and roadblocks in the battle against opioid addiction due to the lack of funds. The incessant increase in the number of overdose deaths has further left the states in dire straits. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), out of the total 63,632 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016, including around 42,249 deaths (66 percent) caused due to the misuse of opioids.Like many states, even Arizona has started making news in recent times by exhibiting the dangerous signs of opioid abuse. It is steadily entering the league of the states witnessing the highest number of deaths due to opioids. And, this is definitely bothering the U.S. Representative Martha McSally, who has taken the first step to curb the problem.
Leading the other members of the Congress, McSally has urged the House appropriators to help Arizona deal with the crisis. She insisted on the allotment of billions of the budget to address the issue of opioid crisis in the state. The initiative comes in the wake of around 356 cases of overdosing in 2016 in Pima County, which comes under the district of McSally. Shockingly, the above incidence rate of overdosing was the double of any number reported in any other county in Arizona. It was also revealed by the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) that around 790 Arizonans lost their lives due to an opioid overdose in 2016. Given the alarming 74 percent increase in overdose deaths in Arizona in the last four years, she called upon people to strive harder to stop this menace from wreaking havoc on the community.
Additional funds necessary to address opioid crisis in rural and tribal areas
Expressing the need to target funds toward the states with the highest overdose mortality rates, tribal communities and rural areas, the Congresswoman along with other lawmakers has requested for the allocation of additional funds against opioid crisis. Before raising her voice for the above-mentioned demand, she played a vital role in highlighting a number of gaps and enunciating effective measures. Earlier, the Congress passed the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), which assists in combating opioid crisis by offering grants, treatment and prevention, and support to law enforcement across different communities.
On the issue of utilization of the funds for the needy, she also highlighted the grievances of the Native Americans and native Alaskans in the letter. Despite witnessing a 500 percent increase in overdose deaths, they have remained outside the purview of all major initiatives against opioid abuse. She further emphasized upon the need to build on the existing funds of worth $1 billion Allocated under the 21st Century Cures Act.
Integrate everyone in the battle against opioid abuse
Drug abuse can affect any individual from any walk of life. One of the effective ways to deal with drug addiction is awareness about the common signs and symptoms of this problem. This will make it easier for people to identify the problem and seek the right treatment in time. Some of common signs are glazed eyes, bruises, infections, increased irritability, lethargy and depression.
Getting the right kind of help at the right time is important to ensure that an individual can recover at a faster pace. The best forms of treatment for drug addiction include counseling sessions, medications, therapies and support groups. It is important to ensure that the accurate diagnosis of the condition is done to enable medical experts to determine the right form of treatment plan for patients.
As more and more number of people are getting addicted to various types of drugs, it is important to access the best resources and medical services available. If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs and planning to connect with some of the addiction treatment centers in Arizona, contact the Arizona Drug Addiction Helpline for help. Call at our 24/7 drug addiction helpline 866-576-4147 or chat online with our experts to know about the best treatment facilities for drug addiction in Arizona.