Reported Opioid Related Overdoses In Anne Arundel County So Far This Year.
Last updated: September 10th, 2019
This is a 19.7% decrease from
the 776 overdoses YTD 2018.
This is a 22.7% decrease from
the 132 fatal overdoses YTD 2018.
Heroin addiction is an alarming epidemic nationwide, crossing societal and cultural lines that once seemed impenetrable. In Anne Arundel County alone, the Maryland Department of Health reports 433 opioid overdoses as recent as June 26th, of this year, 71 of which were fatal. The threat of fentanyl, a synthetic opioid 100 times stronger than morphine and used to increase the potency of heroin without much expense, increases the risk of fatal overdose. Typically, heroin users are unaware of fentanyl’s presence while using, leading to thousands of accidental overdoses. Though the statistics may be harrowing, there are resources available to combat the effects of and reliance upon heroin. Tranquility Woods offers a safe environment to detoxify and recover from heroin addiction.
What are the side effects of Heroin withdrawal?
The staff at Tranquility Woods recognizes the severity of heroin addiction, working efficiently to combat the side effects of use, both physically and mentally. Though heroin overdose is a high risk while using, withdrawal from the drug is usually not fatal, though the client may feel otherwise without proper medical supervision. Immediate side effects during withdrawal may include mental distortion, slowed heart rate, severe drowsiness, slowed or difficult breathing, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches and spasms, intense chills or heat spells, itching, as well as emotional problems. This can lead to anxiety, depression, fear of social interaction, and suicidal ideations. This is not an exhaustive or definite list of what each individual client will experience during withdrawal, though most side effects can be expected to a certain degree.
How do we help with Heroin dependency?
Though the number of Americans addicted to heroin is staggering, there is hope for every person who makes the decision to get help. At Tranquility Woods, we work to instill confidence in every patient, allowing the individual to re-identify as a person, not just an addict. If you or a loved one is battling heroin addiction, now is the time to receive treatment. Recovery is a phone call away!