Addiction Help Needed in Pennsylvania as Methadone-Related Deaths Soar
The addiction help needed by methadone users is coming too late. According to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4,000 people died from methadone overdoses during 2004. And that’s just methadone, how many more deaths are caused by prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, Vicodin or Lortab? Whatever the number, for every person who dies, there are 10s of thousands who need addiction help.
The number of people addicted to prescription painkillers has risen in the past years at an alarming rate, and the number of new users is also going up rapidly.
The methadone deaths in 2004 rose by over 400 percent from previous years. With the growing trend towards prescription painkiller addiction and abuse, you can bet the death-toll for 2007 will be astounding.
“Most of the drug deaths that we have had lately are methadone related,” said Dennis Kwiatkowski, coroner for Cambria County in Pennsylvania. “For most of them …it’s coming from a prescription.”
Kwiatkowski also said methadone has become the illegal drug of choice on the street – I would tend to disagree with that as there are hundreds of news reports from across the country about Vicodin being used non-medically by more than one in 10 ten high school seniors. It’s hard to believe the methadone statistics are even higher.
Prescription drugs of all kinds will continue to cause deaths as long as there are criminal doctors prescribing them for large amounts of money, and distributors and manufacturers are given an open field for sales.
Addiction help is available for methadone users who would like to end their drug addiction. Call Addiction Help Services for yourself, a family member or friend to find out how you can get help.