Top 5 Shocking Statistics Surrounding Local Heroin Deaths

Posted on March 17, 2016 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Sen. Gillibrand addresses shocking heroin statistics

Shocking statistics that document skyrocketing numbers of heroin deaths in upstate New York have hit way to close to home with growing numbers of local teens and young adults mourned in our churches and memorialized in obituaries. In response, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) joined families, Catholic Charities and fellow advocates last week in Newburgh to demand Congress take action now.  The Gillibrand-sponsored legislation will require the Centers for Disease Control to create guidelines to safely prescribe painkillers for patients with acute pain. 

Currently the CDC is focused on creating guidelines in cases of chronic, long-term pain.  But this does not address the correlation between patients prescribed opioids for acute pain such as broken bones or teeth extractions and growing heroin dependency.

“As the opioid epidemic continues to grow in New York and across the country, we can’t wait any longer to take action and curb this growing crisis,” Senator Gillibrand said.  “Part of this epidemic can be attributed to some medical providers over prescribing opioids.”

The statistics truly are shocking:

  1. Deaths from heroin and prescription painkillers in the Hudson Valley skyrocketed to more than 10 times the rate ten years earlier, from 16 deaths in 2004 to 173 in 2013.
  2. There was a 400-percent increase in sales of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers during the past 10 years but no increase in Americans’ reports of pain.
  3. Health care providers wrote 259,000,000 prescriptions for opioid pain relievers in 2012. Enough for every American adult to have a pill bottle filled with opioids!
  4. Teenagers who receive an opioid prescription by 12th grade are 33% more likely to abuse opioids after high school.
  5. 4 out of 5 people who use heroin report they abused prescription opioids first.  

Fortunately, Catholic Charities is fighting back with impressive statistics as well:

  1. Catholic Charities Community Services of Orange County runs an in and out-patient Recovery Center in Sullivan County
  2. We also run 8 outpatient clinics in Orange County.
  3. These clinics serve 1,500 people each year
  4. Our substance-abuse prevention also provided services to over 15,000 Orange County students, personnel and parents

Catholic Charities provides comprehensive state-of-the-art, evidence based treatment services.  They are individualized and allow for the frequency and intensity of care to be adjusted according to the clinical needs of each individual seeking help. Our staff includes licensed/credentialed: psychiatrists, nurses, social workers, counselors, and licensed mental health practitioners.

The struggle with opioid and heroin addiction is a real and growing problem in all communities,” said Orange County Catholic Charities' Executive Director Dr. Dean Scher. “It knows no boundaries and does not discriminate by gender, economics, or ethnicity. It is killing our young people and that has to stop.”

Make sure you or someone you love does not become a shocking heroin statistic.

Find out a Catholic Charities agency that offers addiction services. 

In the Hudson Valley, call Catholic Charities at  845-294-5124.

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