According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, overdose deaths involving Heroin & Non Methadone synthetics have escalated from 2002-2015. The bar chart reflect this growing epidemic.
Locally, the news is even more disturbing, In an article published September 2015, Hudson Valley News reports:
”Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 are especially at risk. In fact, according to a Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), the percentage of New York State high school students who reported using heroin increased from 1.8 percent in 2005 to 4 percent in 2011. In addition, according to the New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) and its Combat Heroin initiative, there was a 222-percent increase in New York State heroin treatment-center admissions in Upstate New York between 2004 and 2013. In Dutchess County alone, the number of drug-overdose deaths has exploded from nine in 2000 to 79 in 2013, according to Kari Reiber, MD, the county’s commissioner of health. Of the 262 overdose deaths in the county in the past five years, more than 80 percent were opioid-related. “Since 2009,” Dr. Reiber says, “There are more accidental overdose deaths per year than motor vehicle deaths in Dutchess County.”
The Poughkeepsie Journal reports:
“Like the rest of the nation, New York is experiencing a serious drug epidemic. The number of drug overdose and chronic drug abuse deaths have skyrocketed over the past several years, especially in our upstate and suburban communities — with no signs of letting up," said Jim Malatras, the institute's president and a former top aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
While Dutchess did not see a huge spike in drug-related deaths, in the six years analyzed, the county had the highest drug-related death rate of any New York county in three of those years: 2010, 2012 and 2013. Dutchess' per-capita drug-related death rate hit a high of 24.2 per 100,000 people in 2013, but fell to a rate of 16.9 in 2014, yet went back up to 22 deaths per 100,000 people in 2015. Ulster County had 15 drug-related deaths in 2010 and 35 in 2015, the data showed. In New York state, excluding New York City, 887 people died of opioid-related overdoses from January to October 2015. For the same period in 2016, 727 people died.
And what is the economic impact of drug abuse on businesses and organizations? The Centre of Occupational Health & Safety explains:
Costs to a business may be both direct and indirect. The impact of substance abuse that have been reported often focus on four major issues:
•Premature death/fatal accidents
•Absenteeism/extra sick leave, and
•Loss of production.
Additional costs can include:
•tardiness/sleeping on the job •theft •poor decision making •loss of efficiency •lower morale of co-workers •increased likelihood of having trouble with co-workers/supervisors or tasks •higher turnover •training of new employees •disciplinary procedures •drug testing programs •medical/rehabilitation/employee assistance programs
Being long term residents of the Hudson Valley, we at ToxSecure are firmly committed and invested in our local community. It is our commitment to deliver trustworthy and reliable Drug Testing Services to help combat against this local and national epidemic. We will work with Individuals & Organizations to deliver on the following services:
•Random Selection Drug & Alcohol Testing
•Reasonable Suspicion Drug & Alcohol Testing
•Return to Work Drug & Alcohol Testing
•Post-Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing
•Follow-up Program Drug & Alcohol Testing
•Court Ordered Drug & Alcohol Testing
We look forward to meeting your Organization's Drug & Alcohol Testing needs!