The chronic nature of opioid relapse, and a reluctance of many addicts to seek help, means a new, comprehensive approach to treatment is needed. Researchers often say an opiate addict’s best chance at long-term recovery includes medication-assisted therapies, such as methadone or buprenorphine as well as psychological treatment.

infographic of the rise of the opioid use in the united states. many think that drug are effecting only homeless people on the streets in the middle of big cities. opioid use has increased over the years, specifically in rural and suburban areas. over 90% of al opiate and heroin users in the united states live outside of the city. drug abuse has become the leading cause of death and injury and rural areas because of many reasons. doctor are prescribing more painkillers because of supply amount and there are close and informal networks among residents in rural areas. its also easier to access drugs because of lack of employment and more poverty, as well as resources for help with opioid addiction. neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has also increase to more than half of newborns being diagnosis with. NAS is a group of problems that occur in a newborn who was exposed to addictive opiate drugs while in the mother's womb. this can lead to seizures, low birthweight, problems with breathing and not getting enough nourishment. for suburban residents, 11 million teens are being put on antidepressants, 1.9 million teens ages 12-19 abuse prescription medications and 90% of these teens are white, wealthy and safe from the poverty usually associated with opioid addictions. rich or poor, educated or not, rural or urban: the epidemic does not discriminate. Help break this cycle by spreading education and raising awareness in your community.

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