Utah’s Struggle With Overdose Deaths
There are many risks associated with any type of drug use, but one of the greatest risks of alcoholism and drug abuse is overdose. This is when the body is overladen with toxic chemicals that send it spiraling toward shutdown and death. Between the years 2000 and 2014, deaths related to abuse and misuse of prescription drugs in Utah rose by almost 400 percent. In fact, there are more deaths in Utah related to drug poisoning than motor vehicle accidents, falls and firearms.
Why Is It Such a Problem?
It’s hard to pinpoint the exact reason drug abuse and overdose is such a problem in Utah. It could be related to stress and responsibility, and some point to religion as part of the problem. Some people don’t seek help with recovery because they feel ashamed. Many prescription drugs carry a high risk of dependence. According to Health.Utah.Gov, many Utah opioid deaths often involved these circumstances:
- Drug abuse problem
- Mental illness
- Physical health problem
- Alcohol dependency
- History of suicide attempt
How to Help Yourself or Your Loved Ones
If there’s anything that the arrest of Salt Lake City Justice Court judge Virginia Bauskett Ward has taught people, it’s that Utah drug abuse can affect anyone. If you or a loved one are seeking help for addiction recovery and you don’t know where to start, Brighton Recovery is here for you. We can help you get free of your alcoholism or drug addiction. Contact us at 844-479-7035 to start taking back control of your life today.