Some major efforts to fight drug abuse in the state of West Virginia took place recently. These efforts are really setting the bar for what might be a very interesting and very futuristic way of fighting addiction once and for all. U.S. Attorney Booth Goodwin recently announced an interactive website and smartphone app to guide those who want to get help to the right place to get such help, and this program has really taken off in West Virginia.
The new and suddenly very popular website, known as, makethecallwv.com, provides markers for drug abuse help centers that can easily assist those who are addicted. By clicking on the marker nearest the website user, prevention, available meetings, treatment and recovery centers and housing sites are made available and are brought up on the screen. This is literally an actual smartphone app and it available for both iPhone and Android users.
The app is also combined with a vital hotline number, 844-HELP4WV, which with the two together they will begin to make headway into the drug problem that has plagued the Mountain State for several years, several years. Form many regards and aspects, West Virginia could be said to have the worst drug problem in the entire nation, so this state really needs resources like this.
PSAs are now being run in West Virginia to promote the app and the free help hotline number, and these also urge friends and family of those struggling with addiction and addicts themselves to connect with appropriate local services so that addiction in West Virginia can effectively stop.
This is an epidemic in West Virginia, as it is in many other areas off the nation too. However the tricky thing about this epidemic is that it does not leave people looking sick or showing symptoms of their illness. This is much more of an epidemic where people can be walking down the street next to anyone and no one would ever know that that individual is severely addicted to drugs and alcohol.
Addiction Problems in West Virginia
Just to get an idea of just how serious addiction really is in West Virginia and other areas:
• A U.S. survey, combining data from 2002 to 2006, found that an annual average of 593,000 teens aged 12 to 17 had used inhalants for the first time in the year before they took the survey, making this a popular gateway drug.
• A study released in January of 2008 found that about 3.1 million people in the United States of the ages of 12 to 25 said they had used LSD at least once.
• Every day in the United States, 2,500 youth, (12 to 17), abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.
• A 2007 survey in the United States found that more than 3.3% of individuals aged twelve to seventeen years olds and 6% of seventeen to eighteen years old had abused prescription drugs in the past month alone.
• Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdosing. Of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38.2% of these deaths overall.
All in all, these changes will make a big difference in the state of West Virginia. The thing abut addiction is that, as terrible as it may be, anyone who is addicted to anything in the United Stated can go free from it with the help of inpatient, residential, drug and alcohol addiction and dependence treatment centers, detox facilities, and rehabilitation programs and organizations.