The report, from the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being, showed that by 2025 there could be 88.1 deaths per 100,000 from drugs, alcohol, and suicide in New Hampshire. Given the relatively small population in the Granite State, the findings are serious cause for concern.
"These numbers are staggering, tragic – and preventable," John Auerbach, president and CEO of the Trust for America’s Health, told The New Hampshire Business Review. "There is a serious crisis across the nation and solutions must go way beyond reducing the supply of opioids, other drugs and alcohol. Greater steps that promote prevention, resiliency and opportunity must be taken to address the underlying issues of pain, hopelessness and despair."
Treating Addiction Saves Lives
The Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being offered up recommendations for addressing the nation’s problem with premature death. The report suggests creating a “National Resilience Strategy,” recommending:
- Improvements in pain management and treatment.
- Promotion of responsible opioid prescribing practices, public education about misuse and safe disposal of unused drugs; expanding the use of rescue drugs (naloxone), sterile syringes and diversion programs.
- Expansion and modernization of mental health and substance use disorder treatment.
This week, Facebook unveiled a new “proactive detection” artificial intelligence (AI) technology to help detect users at risk of suicide, TechCrunch reports. The AI will scan all posts for patterns of suicidal thoughts, sending mental health resources to the user, their friends, or contact local first-responders. Facebook’s VP of product management Guy Rosen, said, “we have an opportunity to help here, so we’re going to invest in that.”
If you are struggling with a substance use disorder and a co-occurring mental health condition, please contact Celebrate Hope at Hope By The Sea. We can help you learn how to live a life in recovery and cope with the obstacles of life without drugs and alcohol.