Heroin death rates in New York State is overshooting the national averages. Addiction to prescriptions and opioids is taking a toll over New Yorkers.
The latest press release over drug abuse pictures the landscape of drug overdose in New York. The higher-than-average rate of health insurance coverage and promotion and access to treatment are two factors causing a stir among citizens.
State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli said no other state except New York is so vulnerable to overlapping prescriptions.
“It seems that every community in New York State is experiencing the heartbreak of lives lost to prescription opioid abuse and heroin addiction,” said DinNapoli in the press release.
“Drug abuse is not a new problem. But with both heroin and other opioids, developments in recent years are cause for special concern” he added.
He said that most of the New Yorkers are non-resilient to the heroin use and prescription opioid abuse.
Fox News reported that comparing the national rise of 58 percent, New York reported 144 percent rise in drug overdose deaths, from 2005 to 2014.
In 2014, the drug overdose record hiked 23 percent, recording 825 cases than the foregoing year. As compared to 2005, opioid death rates have climbed four ladders up in 2014, with 1008 cases, than any other state in United states.
“Treatment admissions rates for both heroin and prescription opioid abuse have increased over the past decade among all New Yorkers aged 12 and over,” as mentioned in the press release.
As per the federal data, whites, males, and individuals, who are aged between 21 and 30 reported the highest admission rates in New York.
Stunned by the revelation, New York and the federal government are working like a trojan to minimise the heroin addiction and prescription opioid misuse rates.
The state level prescription includes restriction over prescriptions for opioids, penalties over illegal heroin and opioid distribution and several other initiatives.
Some of the common drugs causing prescription opioid overdose deaths include Methadone, Oxycodone (such as OxyContin®) and Hydrocodone (such as Vicodin®)3 , according to CDC.