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The Accidental Addict

Drug overdose is a growing problem in the state of Utah, and most addictions to prescription meds don't start on purpose...learn how to protect your family.
Maryann Rosenthal, Ph.D is Executive Director of Recovery Ways, a nationally recognized dual diagnosis, drug and alcohol addiction treatment center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Dr. Rosenthal has a unique background and career working in both the business and clinical sectors of health care. She has extensive experience in the field of chemical dependency and recovery, as well as the assessment, education, and management of chronic pain and addiction.

National Drug Abuse Statistics
  • 12 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some type of chemical dependency
  • Estimated 66.6% of the 19.3 million illicit drug using adults were employed*
  • 50 people in our nation die each day from unintentional prescription opioid overdoses
  • 70% of those prescriptions were from friends and relatives
  • *2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health
Drug Abuse Warning Network Survey:
Between 1994 to 2001, emergency room visits for narcotic prescription pain relievers increased:
  • 352% for oxycodone
  • 230% for methadone
  • 210% morphine
  • 131% hydrocodone
Substance abuse costs our Nation over $600 billion annually, including productivity and health and crime related costs - National Institute on Drug Abuse

Report by the Trust for America's Health 2013:
  • Prescription drug related-deaths are now higher than those from heroin and cocaine combined
  • Drug overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle-related deaths in 29 states
  • Only 1 in 10 Americans with a substance abuse disorder receives treatment
  • Utah has the Eighth Highest Drug Overdose Mortality Rate in the United States
  • 1 in every 6,000 Utahn’s suffer drug overdose fatality
  • Drug overdose deaths has increased 59% in Utah since 1999
  • Utah led the U.S. in the nonmedical use (abuse) of prescription drugs in 2004 and 2005, with 6.5 percent of the population abusing prescription drugs - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Prescription drug abuse is the Nation’s fastest-growing drug problem: “The Accidental Addict”
Emerging second only to alcohol as the drug of abuse in the older population. It's a hidden epidemic, a widespread and life-threatening problem that is not widely known and is vastly under treated. A large percentage of youth began by using prescription drugs non-medically for the first time.

Reasons for the rapidly growing abuse of prescription drugs:
  • Accessibility
  • Diminished perception of risk for “legally prescribed” drugs
  • Gradual addiction
  • Misconception of addicts
  • Terminal illness
  • Physically
  • Emotionally/socially
Recovery Ways
4883 Box Elder Street
Murray, UT 84107

Visit www.RecoveryWays.com for more information
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