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Opioid Prescribing Is Highest in This Part of the Country…

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A political issue that is continuing to catch fire throughout local and larger governments is the discussion of opioid prescribing, the epidemic, and who to blame for all of it. One of the many factors to examine within this debate is the locations within the United States where we find the largest number of addictions.

Looking into Rates of Opioid Prescribing

“A new map charts opioid prescribing rates by congressional district and shows the highest prescribing rates occur in Appalachia, the south, and the rural west.” Why is it that we see higher rates of prescriptions here than in other parts of the country? What can we do with this information now that we have it?

Those who expect addiction rates to be higher in urban areas and big cities might be surprised to hear this, but it’s true that more rural places within the U.S. are those suffering the most at the moment. Knowing where in the country you can find higher numbers of prescriptions can help lawmakers and clinicians to better focus their efforts. The reason that all of this is so crucial is because many experts believe that “prescribing may be the facet we have most control over.”

Things can be very bleak within any facet of the addiction conversation, but a more comprehensive understanding is the way to better care and preventative measures. We’ll need updated policies to guide the prescribing of these drugs, along with how we watch for developing/potential addictions, and how to aid those who are already struggling with opioid abuse.

To learn more about the rates of opioid prescribing within Maryland and beyond, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others or are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

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