The Opioid Epidemic in Knoxville

The Opioid Epidemic in Knoxville:

The opioid epidemic in Knoxville, TN continues to escalate more and more each day, with a staggering 17 prospective opioid-related deaths so far in 2017. The leading causes of overdose deaths in Knoxville are from opioids, as well as other related drugs such as heroin and fentanyl.

The opioid epidemic in Knoxville, as well as in many other cities in the US are on the rise. As individual states go, Tennessee has witnessed an enormous increase in opioid abuse over the past few months alone.

Given that a large share of opioids consumed in the US typically come from Mexico, this has given the state of Tennessee a major advantage in the drug trade, as the drugs can easily be passed through the state and into other cities across the US. The proximity to the drug trade routes makes the city of Knoxville an easy target for the opioid epidemic to arise further.

Opioid Abuse:

Opioids are a class of synthetic drugs that are commonly used for extreme pain management and treatment. Prescribed opioids may include:

  • Oxycontin (oxycodone)
  • Hydrocodone
  • Morphine/Morphine Sulfate
  • Dilaudid (hydromorphone)
  • Vicodin
  • Lortab
  • Codeine
  • Fentanyl
  • Demerol (meperidine)

And more....

A doctor may prescribe opioids to reduce pain, however, many of those that are prescribed the drug tend to become addicted after long-term use. Opioids work by binding to the reward receptors in our brains whilst releasing endorphins at a much greater level, thus providing that numbing, "feel-good" sensation throughout the body.

This opioid abuse can cause a number of side effects that are not as desirable. These side effects may include:

  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Respiratory Depression
  • Delayed Gastric Emptying
  • Hyperalgesia
  • Immunologic/Hormonal Dysfunction
  • Muscle Rigidity

And more...

Opioid Withdrawal:

Because opioid addicts are taking the drugs frequently or over a long period of time, their bodies grow a higher tolerance for the drug, meaning that they need to take higher doses in order to achieve the same effects. When the opioid abuser stops taking the drug, they go through a terribly uncomfortable process called, "opioid withdrawal."

Opioid withdrawalis similar to that of heroin withdrawal, in which the two have adopted many of the same symptoms. In the early stages of opioid withdrawal (first 24 - 72 hours), the symptoms may include:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive Sweating
  • High Anxiety
  • Muscle Aches
  • Inability to Sleep
  • Runny Nose/Tearing Eyes
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Cramping
  • Nausea/Vomiting
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Dehydration

Opioid withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable, and many of those suffering from opioid addiction never seek help because of these unpleasant symptoms. However, the well-trained, compassionate medical professionals at Alcohol Treatment Centers can make this terrible process be as comfortable as possible.

Don't let the opioid epidemic in Knoxville, or any other city/state in which you may live influence you towards becoming another tragic statistic. If you or a loved one if suffering from opioid addiction, don't wait another second,

Call Alcohol Treatment Centers Knoxville to get all the information you need to make a sound decision when choosing the right rehab facility for you- (865) 329 - 7145.

 

Sources:

http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/local/2017/01/25/wake-rising-overdose-deaths-knox-authorities-launch-task-force/97062454/

https://medlineplus.gov/opioidabuseandaddiction.html

http://www.vancouversun.com/Opioids+they+trick+brain+make+feel+good+with+video/9894363/story.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18443635

http://www.healthline.com/health/opiate-withdrawal#Symptoms3

 

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