Opioid Crisis Awareness – Resources Readily Available

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than three out of five drug overdose deaths involve opioids. It has been estimated that 115 people currently die each day from an opioid overdose and these deaths are predicted to increase 50% by the year 2020. The National Institute of Health (NIH) has been researching better ways to prevent opioid misuse, treatment for opioid use disorders, and pain management. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been focusing on new efforts to decrease the opioid crisis with five major priorities. These priorities consist of “improving access to treatment and recovery services, promoting the use of overdose-reversing drugs, strengthening our understanding of the epidemic through better public health surveillance, providing support for cutting edge research on pain and addiction, and advancing better practices for pain management” (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2018).

Many countries have initiated safe injection sites where addicts can use safely, receive clean needles and seek care from nurses. Safe injection sites are relatively new to the U.S. and are currently regulated by each state they are located in. Among the research that has been conducted for the opioid crisis, the use of an opioid antagonist called Naloxone has been the most effective at reversing overdoses. Police officers, EMT’s, and people in the community have access to Naloxone and are now able to carry it with them at all times if needed. Although this reversal drug has saved many lives, it has recently failed due to the rise of illegal synthetic fentanyl being mixed with opiates. Unfortunately, Naloxone does not reverse the effects of fentanyl on the body and many individuals go into severe respiratory depression that ultimately ends in death (Hodge, Wetter, & Noe, 2017).

At Philadelphia Recovery Residences, we commit ourselves to helping those who are actively suffering with alcoholism and addiction. We strive to spread awareness about the opioid crisis that is taking lives at an alarmingly high rate and take pride in knowing that we are making a difference in many lives. We offer safe, structured and accountable sober living in Philadelphia. We have many resources readily available for those who are actively using and will work quickly to find them the best possible Philadelphia drug rehab or any other help that is needed. We are available 24 hours a day to anyone who is seeking help for themselves or a loved one. Call Today 215-792-3299.


Hodge, Jr., J. G., Wetter, S. A., & Noe, S. A. (2017). Emerging legal response to curb the opioid epidemic. The Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, 45, 460-463. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1073110517737547

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). www.drugabuse.gov

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