Emergency Department Statistics for Drug-Related Visits
Drug abuse is not limited to one type of drug. No single drug is worse or better than another when the abuse begins to tear away the foundation of a family, but there are various types of drugs of abuse spread throughout the drug using community. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), a division of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, compiles a report annually that reveals the number of emergency department visits that occur because of substance abuse. The National Estimates of Drug-Related Emergency Department Visits report for 2009 indicates that 2.1 million visits to emergency rooms nationwide were connected in some way with drug misuse or outright abuse. That averages out to an estimated 674.4 visits each year per 100,000 people in the population. More than 5,000 visits to emergency rooms each day are attributed to drug abuse.
The types of drugs most commonly abused or misused include a wide variety. Some of these visits are related specifically to pharmaceutical drugs, such as Vicodin, Lortab or Xanax. Others are a mixture of prescription drugs and illicit drugs, such as heroin or methamphetamine. Still others involve the use of alcohol in addition to prescription or illicit drugs. The largest percentage of visits involved the use of prescription drugs with no other substances. This particular drug of abuse saw increased prominence in emergency room visits across the board from 2004 to 2009:
Emergency room visits for nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals alone: 117 percent increase
Emergency room visits for pharmaceuticals with illicit drugs: 97 percent increase
Emergency room visits for pharmaceuticals with alcohol: 63 percent increase
Emergency room visits for pharmaceuticals used with illicit drugs and alcohol: 76 percent increase
Treatment Program Statistics
Entering a drug rehab facility is a very private and personal matter. When a person makes the decision to seek help, whether in an inpatient residential facility or an outpatient program, he or she may feel embarrassed or ashamed; therefore, the privacy policies for rehab facilities are quite stringent. Because of this, it is difficult to obtain the exact numbers concerning how many individuals seek treatment each year. The actual number of admittance events is reported anonymously to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to be incorporated into a report annually; however, it must be understood that the number of admits into a facility may not accurately reflect the number of individuals who are seeking treatment. For example, an admission to one facility by John Q. Public in January is counted, and if John enters another rehab in November, he is counted again. When John finishes his inpatient treatment, he may enter an outpatient program for further care. That admission would also be counted for purposes of the SAMSHA report.
The Treatment Episode Date Set (TEDS) is a system that compiles information provided by rehab and treatment centers around the country. The most recent report highlights admissions for the years 1997 through 2007 for various drugs and alcohol abuse treatments. The total number of admissions for drug treatment reported in the United States in 2007 was approximately 1.8 million.
Another study, conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, indicated that 23.5 million individuals suffered from an illicit drug abuse or alcohol problem in the year 2009. A mere 11.2 percent, or 2.1 million people, obtained help from a specialized facility.
Addiction Treatment Statistics for Heroin
Treatment Statistics for HeroinIn 1997, there were 235,143 admissions for the treatment of heroin as the primary or gateway drug. The individuals seeking treatment may also have been abusing or misusing other drugs, but heroin addiction was indicated as their primary issue. In 2007, this number increased to 246,871 treatment admissions. The number of admission peaked in 2002 when there were 286,157 admissions for heroin addiction to treatment centers nationwide.
Abuse Statistics for Cocaine
There are two forms of cocaine. The first is a powder which is typically inhaled, or snorted. The second is a rock form of cocaine which is superheated in a pipe and smoked, known on the streets as “crack” because of the crackling sound it makes when the crystal fractures during the heating process. Crack cocaine represents significantly more admissions to treatment facilities nationally than its powder counterpart. For instance:
In 1997, non-smoked cocaine accounted for 61,870 admissions, while smoked cocaine represented 174,900 admissions.
During the peak years, non-smoked cocaine saw 74,764 admissions (2006) and smoked cocaine accounted for 186,973 admissions (1998).
Most recently, in 2007, admissions for non-smoked cocaine dropped from the 74,764 mentioned here to 66,858, while smoked cocaine admissions came in at 167,914.
Cocaine can also be abused intravenously as an injected drug. The admissions described here place both the powder and liquid (injected) forms of cocaine into the same category.
Cocaine in any form is highly addictive. The manner in which an individual takes in the cocaine can also affect the length of time that it takes for addiction to set in. For instance, when an individual uses powered cocaine by snorting the drug, the drug might take a few minutes to produce the desired results, but the “high” might last from 15 to 10 minutes. On the other hand, if a drug user smokes the rock form of cocaine, the results are immediate, but last only five or 10 minutes. In order to maintain the effects of the drug, in both cases, the cocaine addict must take more drugs into their system. The individual who smokes cocaine will take in more drugs, more often, therefore increasing the speed with which the body develops a tolerance to the drug. Tolerance is one of the first stages of addiction.
Marijuana is the single most abused drug in the United States, according to the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health as reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The report indicated that 15.2 million individuals had used the drug in the 30 days prior to taking part in the study. By contrast, in the 2007 TEDS report, only 287,933 admissions to drug treatment reflected marijuana as the drug of choice.
Smoking or otherwise ingesting marijuana is also popular among our nation’s youth. In fact, according to the Monitoring the Future Survey – conducted annually at the University of Michigan with monies provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse – marijuana use is on the rise. The survey collects anonymous answers provided by a national sample of students from the 8th to the 12th grades at public and private schools with 47,000 participants. While use of marijuana has remained steady for two years among 8th graders, it is still higher than at any time since 2003. This evidence suggests that its use among 8th graders is still rising.
At RoseHeart we know and understand how addiction works. We do not use 12 step based treatment. When we take an individual into one of our programs they are individually treated as a whole individual. We provide a combination of allopathic and holistic skills. We have perfected this treatment plan because the addict may be physically or psychologically addicted to the substance. We can remove the pain and other physical symptoms of withdrawal; however, we cannot remove the possible physical dangers of the addiction from the body. That is why we use the services of medical doctors to minimize the risk to the client.
Why is standard inpatient, outpatient, and 12 step so ineffective? Study after study has illustrated that standard addiction treatment only treats the symptoms. And even then they treat the symptoms only on the cognative level. The problem is the subconscious controls every aspect of your physical body and your actions and reactions. Unfortunately, most of the individuals come out of rehab, with a new list of contacts, dealers, and new scams that will enable them to get the money they need to continue their addiction.
Drug therapy simply transfers one addiction for another such as methadone also sold under the name dolophine as a replacement for herion. Herion is a horrible drug and the withdrawal is more than painful; however, by replacing the herion with methadone (which is highly addictive) you are replacing a dangerous street drug with “cleaner” drug that is regulated. Unfortunately the cost of methadone is high. Going to a methadone clinic cost around 10 to 15 dollars a day which is about 300 dollars a month. The cost can vary greatly depending on what state the methadone clinic is in. The costs are sometimes covered by an insurance company but not all insurance plans cover the program. Some methadone clinics are cash only and don’t accept insurance at all, regardless of whether it is covered by insurance or not.
Relapse rates are high in patients treated at methadone clinics, between 70-90%. The high relapse rate may be partially due to the severity of cases seen at methadone clinics, as well as the long term effects of opioid use. Some patients will be on methadone for the rest of their lives, which generates criticism regarding the effectiveness of the clinics.
Our hypnotherapist are neuroscientist that have specialized in the subconscious mind. Our hypnotherapist are NOT hypnotist. Each of our therapist have over 700 classroom hours from an accredited school of hypontherapy, and have served a 10,000 client hour residency before they see a client unsupervised. Our treatment plans are tested and effective with a 98% total success rate with a relaps rate less than 2%. Admittly we do not accept everyone into our addiction programs, but by being highly selective we are also highly successful. Our programs are intensive outpatient programs that require daily contact either in person or via secured video link.