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How Many People Overdose on Drugs?

The worst end of addiction for you and your family is death by overdose. This typically happens when a drug suppresses your nervous system to the point where you stop breathing or your heart stops beating. After that, death occurs in a matter of minutes if you don’t get treatment.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracks the number of deaths by overdose in the US. According to their statistics, about 60,000 people died of drug overdose in 2016. That is about 164 people every day. This is also a growing trend. Overdose deaths for 2017 are projected to be more than double those in 2002.

The majority of overdose deaths are from opioids and many deaths from other drugs have opioid involvement. That is, while you can certainly overdose on heroin by itself, you are more likely to overdose doing heroin and something else. Alcohol or benzos plus opioids are common combinations leading to overdose. You may know how much of one drug you need but fail to account for the compounding effect of the other drug. If your breathing and heart rate are already suppressed by an opioid, you don’t want to add the effect of alcohol.

Overdoses are more likely to occur after you have been using for a while–the average is about two years. It’s not the case that people who overdose just don’t know what they’re doing. Overdoses are also common among recovering addicts who relapse. They had built up a tolerance over months or years of use and that tolerance gradually declines the longer they stay in recovery. When they relapse, they use at the dose they were used to at the height of their addiction and it’s way too much.

Although overdose is the most direct danger of drug addiction, there are secondary dangers as well. Drug addiction can suppress your immune system, making you more prone to illness. This is especially true of IV drug use, which may spread infections directly or cause blood poisoning. Addiction can also lead to reckless behavior as your judgement becomes subordinated to your addiction.

Overdoses are not always fatal. If someone is with you when you overdose and can get help in time, then you may survive an overdose, even if your heart stops. Depending on how long it takes to revive you, you may suffer damage to your brain or other organs or you may go into a coma.

Human dignity has value. When a loved one chooses detox, they should be comfortable and treated with respect. Struggling with addiction is not something punished. Recovery should be supported with empathy and acceptance. Gardens Detox stands out, changing the way the industry approaches detox. Call us today for information on our programs:  (844) 325-9168