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Did you know Nevada heroin overdose deaths have nearly tripled since 2010?

Despite the publicity and rising awareness brought on by the nationwide opioid epidemic, Nevadans are dying from heroin, opioids and other substances, including alcohol.

Substance abuse takes more lives than can be adequately documented – sometimes because drug and alcohol abuse doesn’t register as a significant problem, sometimes because the addict doesn’t get help or admit there’s a problem.

Are you worried that your loved one could be using drugs? To learn what signs to look for and find out whether someone close to you needs help, watch our founder, Mike Loverde, explain in this one-minute video:

Our certified professional interventionists have been helping hundreds of families deal with substance abuse, addiction and mental health issues over the last 10-plus years. Getting a licensed intervention expert to come to your home in Nevada can save your loved one’s life.

Nevada State-Specific Drug Problems

Undoubtedly, tourism in Las Vegas and Reno has contributed to drug use in Nevada. Nevada officials are now using data to pinpoint avenues of distribution and spikes in drug use. However, the state’s drug problems go well beyond tourists.

Naloxone – the antidote drug to opioid overdose – is becoming widely used in Nevada because of the potency of opioids and their potentially fatal effects.

Since 2016, deaths from fentanyl and other synthetic opioids have risen by 56 percent in The Silver State.

Holding an intervention forces addicts to face the harm their behavior commits to themselves, family and friends, and other aspects of their lives. When confronted with this information in a unified and powerful way, people become aware of the consequences of their substance use and typically are motivated to seek help and go to treatment.

In January, a new U.S. law began to limit health care providers’ ability to prescribe painkillers – a law which some physicians oppose, saying it limits a patient’s right to relief from pain. Others claim it prevents addiction and more serious repercussions.

Nevada Addiction Intervention Counselors Make a Difference

At Intervention Helpline, we focus on the family, helping them working as a team to overcome drug and alcohol abuse. We believe the client’s ability to quit using and stay clean hinges not only on himself or herself, but also on the choices and support of his or her family.

The first step we take is sending a professional interventionist to you. An interventionist will plan, prepare and facilitate an intervention for your family and your loved one who struggles with addiction.

Our Nevada addiction intervention resources and case management services help give clients options for their ongoing addiction, and possibly mental health, treatment needs. We help your family choose the right treatment program(s) for your loved one’s circumstances. This will have a significant impact on the success of his or her addiction recovery.

Scientific literature supports the beneficial role of a case manager in the recovery process. Having professional counselors and case managers with you from intervention to aftercare makes the journey toward healing easier for your family and struggling loved one.

To request an intervention or speak to an interventionist, contact us today.

Nevada Drug Statistics

According to U.S. data on substances sending Nevadans to treatment centers most often, amphetamines, alcohol and unknown substances are the biggest culprits. It is hardly a stretch to assume many of the unknown/unreported substances abused are in the class of opioids.

Of note, many alcohol- and drug-related addictions, overdoses and deaths go unreported. Due to the illegal nature of street drugs and ill-gotten prescription drugs, people are not apt to report abuse. Those who become addicted to a doctor-ordered medication and those with an alcohol problem often suffer in silence because of the embarrassment of having to admit they have a problem, or they just ignore the problem altogether.

Here are some Nevada-specific statistics of note:

  • There were 16.4 drug-related emergency room visits per 100,000 Nevadans reported in 2016.
  • Between 2014 and part of 2016, the number of EMS calls requiring the use of Naloxone, the life-saving antidote to opioid overdose, was 1,816 incidents.
  • There were a reported 39 benzodiazepine prescriptions per 100 Nevadans in 2016.

The Frightening Impact of Opioids in Nevada

These Nevada drug statistics are startling. Opioid use is tracked in detail in efforts to curtail the current national crisis. The number of opioid prescriptions handed out to Nevada residents in 2016 was an astonishing 874 prescriptions per 1,000 residents.

Some Nevada opioid statistics of note:

  • In 2016, there were 12.8 opioid-related deaths per 100,000 residents.
  • Nearly 16 opioid-necessitated hospitalizations occurred per 100,000 residents in 2016.
  • Opioid-related deaths were significantly lower among Hispanics and Asians than in Whites.

The age demographics of Nevadans most affected by opioid overdose were ages 45 to 54 and then 55 to 64.

Death rates due to opioid overdose were significantly higher involving synthetic and semi-synthetic opioids between the years of 2011 and 2016.

On the somewhat brighter side, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that opioid painkiller prescriptions declined from 100 prescriptions per 100 Nevadans in 2012 to 87 prescriptions per 100 residents in 2016.

However, between 2015 and 2016, the use of fentanyl – a very potent painkiller – rose a whopping 56 percent.

The Nevada Department of Health and Human Services notes that deaths due to heroin have risen consistently every year since 2010.

Nevada Opioid Overdose Death Rates by County

In 2016, several counties’ opioid overdose death rate landed right around the state’s average of 12.8 per 100,000 residents. However, there were a few outliers on both sides of the spectrum, including several with 0, and then one county that had a rate greater than 60.

Look for your county in the following list to see how common opioid overdose deaths were (per 100,000 residents) in 2016:

  • Carson City County: 14.3 overdose deaths
  • Churchill County: 9.4 overdose deaths
  • Clark County: 12.3 overdose deaths
  • Douglas County: 13.4 overdose deaths
  • Elko County: 1.8 overdose deaths
  • Esmeralda County: 0 overdose deaths
  • Eureka County: 0 overdose deaths
  • Humboldt County: 10.6 overdose deaths
  • Lander County: 0 overdose deaths
  • Lincoln County: 66.3 overdose deaths
  • Lyon County: 8.9 overdose deaths
  • Mineral County: 47.0 overdose deaths
  • Nye County: 33.2 overdose deaths
  • Pershing County: 12.4 overdose deaths
  • Storey County: 0 overdose deaths
  • Washoe County: 14.9 overdose deaths
  • White Pine County: 11.6 overdose deaths

Other Drug Statistics by County

White Pine County leads the crisis with the most emergency room visits in 2015, more than doubling the second place county of Mineral.

While overall painkiller prescribing rates have gradually declined in the state, in Mineral and Nye counties, the rate is an alarming 150-plus prescriptions per 100 residents.

Benzo prescriptions are dispensed the most in Nye County, followed by Storey County and Mineral County, respectively.

Meanwhile, the rate of benzodiazepine prescriptions increased 46 percent in Lincoln County from 2015 to 2016.

The top three opioid prescribing counties – Mineral, Nye and Storey – are the same as the top three benzodiazepine prescribing counties.

Mineral, Nye and Storey counties are also the highest risks for overprescribing and drug abuse.

Other Drug Statistics by County

Adolescent Drug Use in Nevada

The percentages of high school students in Nevada who took a prescription drug without a doctor’s approval are highest in the counties of Lyon, Mineral and Storey, comprising about 20 percent of the adolescent demographic.

Self-reported lifetime heroin use among high school students is an average of 9 percent in Carson City and Douglas counties. Nevada heroin overdoses contribute significantly to overdose death rates in the state.

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