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The CDC - the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - reports that Alabama has one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions written for every segment of the population. In 2015, for instance, doctors in the state wrote close to 6 million prescriptions for this class of medications. It has also been reported that the state has one of the highest rates of opioid prescriptions across the United States.

The Prescription Drug Crisis In Alabama

Irrespective of its rich and turbulent history, Alabama also struggles with changing trends in the rates of substance abuse and addiction, particularly involving prescription drugs such as opioids.

The Alabama Prescription Drug overview published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, for instance, reported that the state lost 11.8 lives for every segment of 100,000 people.

Alabama also saw an increase in the rates of opioid abuse and addiction, as well as in the rates of admissions into a drug rehabilitation center involving the abuse of this class of prescription drugs.

Some statistics relating to the rates of prescription drug abuse in Alabama include but are not limited to:

  • 11.1 million people above the age of 12 years reported that they had misused and abused prescription pain relief medications in 2016
  • 53.1 percent of all the people who reported abusing prescription drugs claimed that they had bought, taken, or received the drugs the drugs from close relatives and friends
  • According to the CDC, the state lost a total of 47,872 lives in 2017 due to a drug overdose involving opioids
  • Heroin, a cheaper alternative that offers similar effects as most opioid drugs, is now the primary substance of abuse among people who have already develop an opioid use disorder or addiction
  • Most of the teens in the state now believe that abusing prescription drugs is a much safer alternative than taking illicit street substances like cocaine since prescriptions are issued by doctors

The Scope Of Prescription Drug Use In Alabama

Prescription drug abuse refers to the process of taking medications in any way other than your doctor advised when they wrote a prescription for these drugs. it could also involve using these medications for a condition that is different than that indicated on the medication.

It could also involve using prescription inappropriately and intentionally for any reason other than a physician recommended or intended, or in quantities or a manner other than they directed.

With Alabama seeing an increase in the number of cases involving prescription drug abuse among its residents, the following have been outlined as some of the ways to prevent and reduce this crisis from getting out of hand. Following the advice below could help you reduce prescription abuse:

  • Always inform your physician about all of the medications that you have been taking, including herbal and dietary supplements and over the counter drugs
  • Always read the information provided by your pharmacist before you start to take your medications
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor about the medication that you have been using, particularly if you are worried about its potential side effects and interactions with other substances that you might also been taking simultaneously
  • Follow the usage directions for all your medications as carefully as your possible can
  • Never decrease or increase the dose that your doctor issued without first talking to them about doing so
  • When you visit doctors in Alabama, you should always provide them with a comprehensive medical history as well as with the primary reason for your visit to make sure that the end up understanding your complaints so that they can issue you with the right medications
  • You should never share your prescription medications even with people who are suffering from the same or related problems
  • You should never take any prescription drug that was not expressed prescribed for you by your doctor
  • You should only use your medication exactly as your doctor instructed when they wrote the prescription

In terms of opioid abuse and addiction in Alabama, the following some towns and cities within the state ended up reporting the highest rates of opioid abuse from 2006 through to 2012.

40 percent of these towns and cities were within Walker County, which reported the highest rates of opioid substance abuse and addiction during the same time. The data from that period also reported that 140 pills were written for every resident of Walker County every year.

That said, it seems that the rural part of the state, particularly the region close to the northwestern part of Alabama close to Mississippi had the most major problems with prescription drug abuse. This region includes counties such as Colbert, Franklin, Marion, and Winston.

During the last year of study - in 2017 - it was also reported that Alabama has one of the highest rates of prescriptions written for opioid drugs across the United States. This rate was close to 2 times as high as that reported at the national level. This was according to reports from NIDA - the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Addiction Treatment In Alabama

The state has several programs in place designed to reduce the prescription drug abuse crisis affecting its residents. These programs include:

  • An improvement in access to addiction treatment and rehabilitation programs across the state
  • An increase in the distribution of naloxone, a medication used to reverse overdose situations involving opioid drugs
  • Implementation of professionally managed needle exchange problems

If you have been abusing prescription medications in Alabama or have already developed a substance use disorder or addiction in the process, it is recommended that you seek help from a professional addiction treatment and rehabilitation center. There are many such programs within the state of Alabama and they can help you get started on the road to full success, sobriety, recovery, and abstinence.

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http://wonder.cdc.gov

https://mh.alabama.gov/understanding-the-opioid-crisis/

https://mh.alabama.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/FINAL-Alabama-Opioid-Overdose-and-Addiction-Council-Report-to-Governor-2018-Read-only.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/maps/rxrate-maps.html

https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids/opioid-summaries-by-state/alabama-opioid-summary

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