Prescription Drug Abuse Affects Young Adults.
Young adults, age 18 to 25, are the biggest abusers of prescription (Rx) opioid pain relievers, ADHD stimulants, and anti-anxiety drugs. Young adults use prescription drugs for many reasons.
Some young adults just want to get high. But others feel they need an edge to help them to excel – and believe prescription stimulants will aid study efforts and create success.
However prescription drug abuse is dangerous. In 2014, more than 1,700 young adults died from prescription drug (mainly opioid) overdoses. This is more than died from overdoses of any other drug; including heroin and cocaine combined. Many more needed emergency treatment. From NIH, Abuse of Prescription (Rx) Drugs Affects Young Adults Most
Arizona Drug Treatment Programs for Young Adults
Ages 18 and Up
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Canyon Vista Recovery Center is located in the heart of Mesa, Arizona (Phoenix Suburb).
The Canyon Vista Recovery program is holistic and includes intense trauma focus, physical wellness, family healing work, and the development of important life skills needed for your long-term sobriety.Our beautiful home-like campus provides you with a safe and nurturing environment allowing you to heal, transition, and succeed in your recovery.Canyon Vista Recovery Center Extended Care Treatment Program facilitates learning new life skills, building self-esteem, and repairing the damage caused by addictive behaviors.
We engage our clients in a variety of therapeutic techniques to address the core issues which led to substance use and self-defeating behaviors. Clients experience evidence-based treatment: Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma, CBT, and Mindfulness; preparing for long-term sobriety and success.
Ages 18 and Up
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Cottonwood Tucson recognizes the unique challenges of treating young adults.
Young Adults and Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act
Jan. 26, 2018 – Governor Doug Ducey signed the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act.
This legislation deals with the opioid epidemic in Arizona; which the governor has called a “public health emergency.”
A portion of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act addresses young adults who use drugs and struggle with addiction.
According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, nine out of 10 people with substance issues started using by the age of 18.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers are given them for free by a friend or relative.
Drug Overdose Numbers Have Surpassed Traffic Accidents
Drug overdoses are the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 63,632 lethal drug overdoses in 2016. Of these, 19,413 were related to synthetic opioids and 15,469 were related to heroin.
- One in seven people in America has an addiction problem of some sort
- The population that sees the most opioid overdoses and deaths is 12- to 24-year-olds
- Three out of four addicts became addicted after taking a legal prescription
The American Society of Addiction Medicine released the following statistics:
- Individuals who began using addictive substances before age 15 are nearly seven times more likely to develop a substance problem than those who delay first use until age 21 or older.
- The prescribing rates for prescription opioids among adolescents and young adults nearly doubled from 1994 to 2007. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers are given them for free by a friend or relative.
Arizona “All-Hands-on-Deck” Approach to Opioid Overuse
As a result of the Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act, the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is working with medical officials, law enforcement, community leaders, chronic pain sufferers, pharmacists, victims, individuals addicted to opioids, substance abuse treatment experts and others.
The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act reforms several aspects of drug enforcement and treatment in Arizona. The main areas of change includes putting limits on opioid prescriptions, increasing training and access to naloxone and introducing a Good Samaritan law that protects those who report overdoses to the authorities.
The Arizona Opioid Epidemic Act also directs ADHS to engage with local education agencies in the development of abuse prevention initiatives.
Arizona Opioid Epidemic Interactive Page
This page organizes resources and allows quick access to up-to-date opioid-related information.
According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 812 Arizonans died of a suspected opioid overdose between the period of June 2017 and January 2018.
Brief History of Opioid Overuse
In 2001, the Joint Commission, an accreditation administrator for healthcare programs, began suggesting that doctors in hospitals and trauma centers ask about patient pain levels when taking vital signs.
At the same time, opioids such as Oxycontin were being aggressively promoted as ‘safe and non-addictive’. With the increased humanitarian interest in decreasing pain – and the abundant availability of powerful opioids promoted as being totally safe – the opioid overuse began to expand rapidly.
Need Help Outside Arizona? Alcohol and Drug Addiction Causes Serious Problems in Families
If your family is experiencing the effects of a loved one’s addiction, it is time to take the necessary steps to get help. New Start Recovery Solutions can help you with alcohol and drug rehab in the U.S.
For immediate help – Call David Burke in Admissions at 877-367-9930 for assistance.
If PTSD or any form of mental illness is also involved (depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and more) – it is critical to make certain the recovery center you choose has Dual Diagnosis treatment. Dual Diagnosis is also known as co-occurring disorders in substance use disorders (SUD) treatment.
Contact David Burke at New Start Recovery Solutions for details and more information on addiction treatment programs that will fit your needs – and work best for you.
Or call 877-367-9930 now to inquire about how we can be of assistance.
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