Addiction to Painkillers is on the Rise in Ohio

by Dana Zimmer on December 15, 2014 at 6:38 am

New data shows that an addiction to painkillers in Ohio is now on par with alcoholism.

Data from the Cincinnati enquirer reports that out of 87,000 clients treated for addiction, 33% received care for alcoholism while 32% received care for painkiller addiction. We spoke with the Executive Director of the Muskingum Behavior Health, Steve Carrel, who says they have seen a huge increase in the number of painkiller addictions.

"It’s been growing for the last 5 years, 5-10 years. Overdose deaths from prescription painkillers has just sky rocketed in the last 5-8 years. As a matter of fact, unintentional overdoses in the state of Ohio out number traffic fatalities."

Carrel says that painkiller addictions are becoming more common because of the society we live in.

"People are demanding. We’re an educated society, we go in and say, I know you’ve got something for my pain, prescribe it."

The enquirer also states that painkiller addictions are up from 28% in 2012 and twice as many in 2008.