As a record number of overdose deaths increases each year, researchers are looking for new avenues to treat patients addicted to opioids. Due to the increase in a number of people being diagnosed with addiction, Doctors are looking for new treatment methods that will re-train the brain to avoid addiction and ultimately death or a relapse after rehab.
Below is an article from nationalgeographic.com that describes the impact that addiction is having on people under the age of 50, especially babies born with an addiction. If you find yourself or someone you know that is in need of help for any type of addiction, contact us right away to discuss a treatment plan that is right for you.
Source: nationalgeographic.com | Re-Post Emerald Neuro 9/1/2017
U.S. opioid deaths are soaring as the costs of drug abuse approach $200 billion a year. Neuroscience offers new ways to fight the epidemic.
At Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, Jordann Thomas, 28, holds her five-week-old son, who was born with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), a state of opiate withdrawal. Thomas, who’s in recovery from heroin addiction, says she became pregnant while using a withdrawal support drug that crossed the placenta and caused her baby’s NAS. The syndrome has become so common that the hospital’s ward devoted to it often has more infant patients than beds.
Every 25 minutes in the United States, a baby is born addicted to opioids.
That heartbreaking statistic is but one symptom of an epidemic that shows no sign of abating. The 33,000 overdose deaths from opioids in 2015 were a 16 percent rise over the previous year, which also set a record. Drug overdoses are now a leading cause of death among Americans under 50—but only part of a broader addiction landscape that ranges from drug and alcohol abuse to obsessive eating, gambling, and even sex.