Our Middle Atlantic region has a high prevalence of opioid deathsMORE
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The problem we are trying to solve is how to eliminate the drug and opioid epidemic in Cumberland, Maryland, what we can do to get people to stop using drugs, what programs we can set up to help people that want to get clean, and more.
In 2007, there were 14 fatal overdoses in Allegany County. In 2018 as of October, there have been 19 fatal overdoses in Allegany County.
In 2014, there were 210 nonfatal overdoses, 39% of which were opioid related, in Allegany County. In 2018 as of October, there have been 302 nonfatal overdoses, 64% of which were opioid related, in Allegany County. The use of opioids is becoming more popular and more overdoses are caused by opioids.
A survey showed that 5.1% of middle school students reported using prescription pain killers that they weren't prescribed, or using them differently tan how the doctor advised them to. 15.2% of high school students reported the same thing.
Naloxone, which is used to treat narcotic overdoses, has been used 219 times on individuals in emergency situations. This is a very expensive process.
Gateway drugs include alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana. Those who use these are more likely to try more serious drugs such as opioids or heroin.
Allegany County Health Department -http://www.prescribechangeallegany.org/state-and-local-stats.html
This website provides statistics from the Allegany County Health Department regarding drug overdoses, the use of substances among youth, and more.
Office of Governor Larry Hogan -https://governor.maryland.gov/2017/03/01/hogan-rutherford-administration-declares-state-of-emergency-announces-major-funding-to-combat-heroin-and-opioid-crisis-in-maryland/
Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order declaring a state of emergency regarding the opioid and heroin epidemic across the state of Maryland.
National Institute On Drug Abuse - What Is Naloxone? (April 1, 2018)https://www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/opioid-overdose-reversal-naloxone-narcan-evzio
This article explains what Naloxone is and how it can save lives by reversing opioid related overdoses.
shatter proof - (Invalid date)https://www.shatterproof.org/about-addiction/substances/opiods?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIjoTIiML33gIVk4-zCh3L4w6tEAAYASAAEgK0EvD_BwE
They explain what types of opioids there are, how they are taken, how they work in the body and how people show signs of misusing these drugs.
Elaine Blaisdell - (Invalid date)https://www.wmhs.com/new-wmhs-center-will-assist-individuals-battling-opioid-addiction/
This article talks about hoe the hospital in Cumberland will be opening a 24 hour community based crisis and service center for people that are dealing with opioid addiction.
Brennen Jensen - (Invalid date)
This article talks about how rural communities in Maryland are dealing with drugs and how they are affecting these communities how much drugs have increased and more. This states facts about drug rates and more as well.
We are freshmen at Allegany College of Maryland located in Cumberland, MD. We have grown up in Cumberland our entire lives and have seen this issue affect those around us. We hope to encourage our community as a whole to do more to prevent opioid addiction and find ways to minimize this epidemic.
Ways we can get addicts to stop are we can have more rehab clinics for when people want or have to get clean and keep them until they are stable and can get a job and more, we can have something like AA groups where people can talk about their experiences and stuff when they used drugs, we can create better medicines to help these people transition off of pain killers that are addictive and more.
Creating more rehab clinics would make people have more options to choose from. They can all have different types of programs for each person that enters a facility. They can have transitional programs for these people when they are done with the rehab program and more.
Having AA meetings will give people the opportunity to experience what they have been through. having these group meetings will allow to come together and experience what others have done and also be able to have people relate to each other. these meetings can really help people stay on track with sobriety.
Having better medicines can be an alternative for people that are given pain killers. if we make medicines that can help with pain and not be addictive the drug rate in Cumberland would go down. having alternative drugs that wouldn't be addictive would be better so that people don't sell there pills to people to get high.
Increasing local funding dedicated to helping addicts recover is very necessary given the epidemic that has been going on for years. It costs a lot of money to organize facilities and groups, as well as providing drugs like naloxone to reverse the effects of an overdose, so there would be better results if funding was increased for this issue specifically.
It would cost around $5 million to carry out this solution. This includes support groups, medical costs, the use of Narcan and similar substances, and rehab costs.
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