Most known for the Mississippi River, this state grapples with substance abuse that has become prevalent in numerous other US regions. In recent years, heroin overdose deaths have increased by three times, signifying the rate of increase in addiction.
The United States has been struggling with an opioid epidemic in recent years, and the addiction problem has been evident in Mississippi. In 2015 alone, doctors in this region wrote 3.2 million prescriptions to the state’s residents.
In 2015, heroin caused 96 overdose deaths and continued to cause even more loss of lives in the subsequent years. This was after a surge in the uptake of both legal and illegal opioids in the Mississippi state. Overall deaths caused by opioids due to overdoses in 2016 were 180.
The residents also struggle with alcohol abuse problems, as evidenced by statistics from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The statistics indicated that there were 207 fatalities in the state caused by alcohol in 2016.
The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics recently released a report that indicated a surge in heroin uptake in the state by 2000%. The agency suspected the increased demand for opioids, especially painkillers, as one of the reasons that have contributed to more heroin use in the region.
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There are a range of websites providing easily accessible information about substance use disorders.
Has free resources and publications, including pamphlets for families where addiction is present, information on family therapy, and what is involved in substance use disorder treatment and a treatment finder tool.
Has provided helpful, easy-to-read drug facts. The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism also contains information about alcohol and alcohol use disorder.
This crisis hotline can help with a lot of issues, not just suicide. For example, anyone who feels sad, hopeless, or suicidal; family and friends who are concerned about a loved one; victims of bullying; or anyone who is interested in mental health treatment referrals can call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Callers are connected with a professional who will talk with them about what they’re feeling or concerns for other family and friends.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) developed this website. Teens can get facts about drugs and drug effects, read advice from fellow teens, watch educational videos, download cool anti-drug stuff, and try their hand at brain games.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help other recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees, and AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization, or institution.
Narcotics Anonymous is a 12-step fellowship of recovering addicts. Membership is open to all drug addicts, regardless of the particular drug or combination of drugs used. Meetings are free.
Al-Anon is a free, nonprofit organization that supports and provides literature to family members and friends of alcoholics.
Nar-Anon is a 12-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
At Families Against Narcotics, we believe that compassion > stigma, and we assist individuals and families affected by substance use disorder with the respect, empathy, and compassion they deserve.