With national health emergency, opioid recovery options in Lubbo

With national health emergency, opioid recovery options in Lubbock

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

President Trump declared the opioid crisis in the U.S a national health emergency. He called it the worst crisis in American history. The overdosing killed more than 33,000 victims in 2015 and 12.5 million abused prescription opioids. The president's health emergency lasts three months and can be renewed until it's no longer needed. It does not provide more money to combat the problem, but does redirect some grants that's different than declaring it a standard national emergency.

"Each one has its pros and cons", said Cole Watts chief operation officer for the Stages of Recovery."I am sure that his whole administration worked really hard to figure out which one would be the most appropriate approach."  

The primary reason for sky-rocketing addiction is easy access through over-prescription. Dr. Charles Seyfert professor of pharmacy practice at the Texas Tech Health Science Centers said more opioid prescriptions can cause more deaths.

"What we have seen is that not only has it become more common but those doses that are being prescribed have gone up substantially and so when you actually look at the risk of death from it is due to those higher doses or in concert with other drugs".  

Cole Watt's Stages of Recovery has been promoting the foundation of recovery in all facets of addiction. It's to be a client's support system through safety accountability and education. 

"We just want to be a resource for the community",said Watts." We want to be a resource before treatment after treatment for families for kids, we want to be on the prevention side of it." 

Doctor Seifert said making the life saving drug Narcan available to anyone would be the best way to slow opioid deaths, many paramedics across the country are already issued that medical antidote as standard issue. 

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