Drug overdoses are now a leading cause of injury deaths in the US. In 2016, there were about 63,000 drug overdose fatalities with 42,000 deaths involving opioids. South Carolina is one of the most affected states.
Opioids abuse involves the abuse of legal prescription or addiction to heroin. In 2017, there were 749 opioids overdose death cases in South Carolina. This translates 15.5 deaths per 100,000 persons. The rate is higher than the national rate of 14.6 deaths per 100000.
Deaths involving synthetic opioids recorded the greatest increase in opioids death cases. Fatality cases increased from 46 deaths in 2012 to 153 in 2017. Deaths involving prescription opioids have also increased, but at a steady rate. On a positive note, opioids prescriptions have declined by 2 percent since 2006.
Using opioids during pregnancy causes neonatal opioids withdrawal syndrome (NOWS). NOWS in South Carolina increased from 1.9 cases in 2009 to 3.9 cases in 2013 per 1000 births.
Methamphetamine abuse is also on the rise due to an increase in methamphetamine labs. According to CNN, there are 82 meth labs in South Carolina, often located in residential areas. This is a time bomb as chemicals used in manufacturing meth are highly explosive not mention detrimental health effects.
Binge drinking is yet another major problem. An average binge drinker in South Carolina consumes about seven drinks per session. About 29300 people were in involved in DUI related car crashes between 2011 and 2015.
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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.