The opioid epidemic in the United States has another face to it. Rising cases of opioid overdose have instilled fear in those who misuse prescription medications. This has resulted in increasing number of people turning toward cocaine, unmindful of its adverse effects. Ohio is among the worst-affected states in the country, media reports suggest.
Officials in Ohio say that the spike in cocaine use can be attributed to the misconception about the drug being safer than heroin. In recent years, more and more people are falling prey to cocaine. The trend is evident from the figures showing that 56 people died of a cocaine overdose in Lorain County in 2016 as against just one person in 2008.
Elucidating on the rise in drug overdose deaths, Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said, “Most of these people that are dying are between 20 and 40 years old. The agony and the tragedy are overwhelming to the people it’s happening to, it’s overwhelming to the coroner’s office, the police departments, we are seeing so much death it’s out of control. They’re afraid to use heroin, so they are substituting cocaine and think it’s safer, when actually obviously it’s not.”
In Lorain County, it has been reported that 34 people have been killed so far due to cocaine-related overdoses till May this year, moving it ahead of heroin. Similarly, in Cuyahoga County, 72 people have succumbed to cocaine overdoses so far this year. Official figures of overdose deaths also indicate rising use of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid with effects 50 to 100 times more than morphine.
Because of lower price and easy availability, drug peddlers are mixing fentanyl with cocaine and other narcotics, resulting in a large number of overdose deaths. The presence of fentanyl in cocaine has raised concerns among the federal agencies and law enforcement officials who had been trying to understand the reason behind the sudden spike in cocaine use. Also, the fact that cocaine is used as a social drug heightens the potential risk of addiction and consequent deaths.
Addiction to any kind of drugs does not happen in a single day. Excessive use of a harmful substance triggers dependency problems that may be difficult to get rid of. Lack of awareness about the adverse effects of drugs, including cocaine, has fueled the crisis across the U.S. Drug addiction can affect anyone, irrespective of race, age, gender or social standing.
Increasing numbers of people with an addiction along with their loved ones are queuing up outside treatment centers across the country, hoping for a complete and quick recovery. Treatment of addiction to cocaine protects abusers not just from the effects of the drug itself, but also from the negative chain of actions they are likely to indulge in when high.
Delaying treatment or shying away from proper cocaine addiction treatment may result in worsening of the addiction problem. Sovereign Health of El Paso, Texas specializes in treating all kinds of drug addiction problems, including cocaine abuse. Our cocaine detox centers aid in the quick recovery of patients and various other substances too. Call our 24/7 helpline or chat online for more information about the nature of programs available in our rehab centers in your vicinity. Timely treatment can help in avoiding other complications arising from addiction.
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