September Kicked Off National Recovery Month – But the Conversation is Just Beginning

National Recovery Month

On August 31, people around the world stood in observance of International Overdose Awareness Day – which was the day before National Recovery Month. A month that has forever gone unnoticed, but is now more important than ever. Addiction and overdose go hand in hand, and the problem is growing increasingly dangerous for our country.

America is in the midst of an ongoing opioid epidemic affecting families across the country. Reports show that there are almost 80 opioid-related overdoses a day, amounting to over 28,000 deaths annually – and as we have seen with many fallen stars over the years, this is something that is continuing to get worse across the country.

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Dr. William Morrone is a board certified pain physician that specializes in the treatment of chronic pain and addiction. He spoke with QuirkyDaily.com, along with David Humes who has a very personal experience with opioid addiction first hand. His son Greg, passed away from an accidental overdose at 24. As a parent, he works to break the stigma around having a drug user in one’s family and show others how it is important that someone takes an active role in that person’s addiction recovery.

Quirky Daily: Why is there such an increase in death caused by opioid related deaths in our society?

Dr. Morrone: The increase can be directly traced back to an attempt by providers to help people with chronic pain, and their choice to write perscriptions for opioid pain medicines. Those increased numbers have been paralleled by an increase in people using and abusing their medications, and in the last three years we have seen more people transfer from the misuse and abuse of pain medicine into using heroine. That’s unpredictable, because today’s heroine is being laced with fentanyl and fentanyl related products. That’s unfortunate, because when someone uses heroine that heroine and there is fentanyl in it and they overdose, you have three to six minutes to get them medical help, so it’s outside of the hospital model. You can’t bring people to the ER to treat this. You need treatment in the home.

Quirky Daily: How can we as a society begin to help this public health crisis?

Dr. Morrone
: Well, if you break the public health crisis down, the first thing you need to do is stop people from dying. Ohio is the number one state for Opioid overdose deaths. In 2014, you had about 2100, and in 2015 you had about 3000 overdoses.

Quirky Daily: David, can you share a little more about your personal experience with addiction?

David Hume: Unfortunately, I lost [my son] in May 2012. He accidentally lost his life to overdose. He was an AP student, he was a great athlete, and he did what a lot of young people are wired to do, and he experimented with illegal drugs and it took him up the chain until eventually he used heroine and became addicted to it. After several years of his addiction, he decided this wasn’t the life he wanted to live and he became sober. He spent 17 months in sobriety, unfortunately, part of the disease of addiction is relapse. One night he was out with some friends, and he decided he could do this one more time, and that was a decision that proved to be fatal. In order to keep his memory alive, I decided to become an advocate.

Quirky Daily: Where can people go for more information about the medication that can help prevent overdose in the home if administered in time?

Dr. Morrone: To learn more about the medicine, go to getnaloxonenow.org and go talk to your local pharmacist.

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Vannessa Jackson
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