Our multidisciplinary team of caring professionals includes medical, psychiatric, and support staff. They treat the whole person, including your friends and family, so you can heal yourself and repair your relationships. Our inpatient program offers a medically-monitored, evidence-based therapeutic process and customized treatment plan.
Columbus, the state capital of Ohio and one of the fastest growing cities across the nation, sits in a prime location in the United States. It’s the second largest city in the Midwest following Chicago and its location make it an ideal area for some of the nations’ top corporations to call home—and many do—Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, American Electric Power, Big Lots, L Brands, and Cardinal Health all call Columbus home. In fact, Money Magazine named Columbus one of “The Best Six Big Cities” in 2016. But what make the city of nearly 900,000 residents attractive to major Fortune 500 corporations, sadly makes it a prime targeted location for trafficking drugs, specifically opiods including heroin. Opiods are wreaking havoc across our nation.
The opiod crisis is a nationwide problem with drug addiction destroying families, communities, and seemingly entire generations. Addiction to opiods impacts people of all backgrounds, socio-economics, races, educational levels, religious upbringings, and family situations. It does not discriminate. According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse (NIDA) everyday in the United States more than 115 people die from an opiod overdose. The drug addiction crisis is growing with opiods, particularly heroin, leading the way.
Opiods are powerful drugs that include narcotic prescription pain relievers such as codeine, fentanyl, hydrocodone, oxycodone, etc., as well as heroin. According to the NIDA, up to nearly 30% of people prescribed opiods for pain relief will misuse them. It’s estimated by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality that 80% of heroin users first misused prescription pain medications. Drug addictions to prescription pain relievers seem to be the gateway to deadly heroin addiction.
This deadly drug addiction and the opiod crisis largely began in the late 1990’s when these prescription pain killers, specifically opiods, began to be recklessly prescribed at increasingly higher rates. These seemingly innocuous pain relief medications turned deadly as addiction to them began to skyrocket and opiod overdose deaths climbed. In 2015, 2 million Americans suffered from an opiod addiction and 33,000 died from an opiod overdose.
One of the areas hardest hit by this national epidemic is Columbus. Columbus is the epicenter of the opiod and heroin problem in the Midwest. With easily accessible, potent, and inexpensive black tar heroin from Mexico and South America on the streets and even in the suburbs, Columbus is at the forefront of this national epidemic in a daily fight to keep its residents alive.
The statistics are staggering; in Columbus alone from 2003 to 2015, heroin related overdose deaths rose from 87 annually to a staggering 1,424 annually. According to a federal government report, opiod related overdoses killed 4,329 Ohioans in 2016 making Ohio the state with the second highest death rate from opiod overdoses in the country. The Midwest region of the United States is one of the areas hardest hit by the opiod crisis with a 70% increase in opiod overdoses from July 2016 to September 2017—just more than one year’s time.
The problem is complex; the solution not simple—but there is hope.
If you or someone you love is suffering with a drug addiction to any type of opiod, help is near. There are drug rehabs not only across the nation, but in hard hit Columbus to help guide you on the road to recovery. Drug addiction can be isolating to both the person with the addiction and those who love that person, but remember you aren’t alone. Millions of people suffer from the same and similar drug addictions and many have found freedom from addiction and long lasting recovery—you can too!
Pinnacle Treatment Centers facilities are CARF-accredited with decades of delivering positive, life-changing outcomes for patients, families, and communities. Our team of credentialed physicians, nurses, clinicians, and administrative and support staff provide a full continuum of quality care that includes detoxification for residential and outpatient clients as well as transitional living programs. We treat the individual’s physical, emotional, spiritual, and psychological well-being.Learn More