Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Shocking Increase In Opiate Addiction Among Native Americans

Shocking Increase In Opiate Addiction Among Native Americans


If drug and alcohol abuse increased 3,695 percent among our entire population, it would make headlines.

We would see the story on every channel, TV and radio, and we would read about the outrageous drug problem on the front of every newspaper. If addiction increased over 3,000 percent, something would be done, so why isn’t the same true for every group within our society?

shocking increase opiate addiction among Shocking Increase In Opiate Addiction Among Native Americans

Addiction increase among American Indians

Prescription painkiller and heroin addiction gone up that much, 3,695 percent, among American Indians. The numbers come from studies conducted by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that tracked opiate addiction rates from 1998 to 2011.

Richard Wright, the chairman of the Minnesota American Indian Advisory (MAIA), appreciates the CDC’s published results. Wright has over thirty years of experience working with addicts in various aspects of recovery. He knows that for the specific American Indian population, certain barriers stand in the way of treatment that other cultural groups may not go up against. The MAIA chairman sites that, as a group, American Indians experience insufficient funding and very few culturally-sensitive rehab programs that can provide help that addresses the population’s real problems.

On June 7, Richard Wright organized a lunch discussion that gathered over 30 substance abuse counselors to determine how to “optimize care for opiate-addicted clients” and strategies for helping the caregivers who are treating these particular addicts.

Growing rates among females

The group addressed the issue of the quickly growing rates of opiate addiction among female American Indians. Wright believes that, “Females tend to be more emotionally out there than boys, and to explore their environment in an emotional way. A lot can go wrong to impact how they feel about themselves.” A lot of these girls are self-medicating painful feelings of self-loathing, parental neglect, or sexual violence, and others lack self-worth and are experimenting with friends to the point of personal danger.

Without a counselor or someone to talk to, these young girls are seeking escape from pain and trauma. The availability of prescription drugs adds to the problem. If your parents are taking Vicodin, Percocet, or OxyContin regularly, all you have to do is go into their medicine cabinet and take some. When pills are no longer around that way, you seek pills from your friends or from drug dealers. Worst case scenario, you use heroin until you can get ahold of more prescription pills. One opiate can substitute for any other opiate, and heroin is cheaper, offers a more intense high, and can be found in every city and town across America.

Strategy for treatment

Richard Wright, the Minnesota American Indian Advisory, the CDC, and every substance abuse treatment center and counselor in the country are working on strategies that increase the education, prevention, and intervention measures accessible to American Indians, young people, and addicts everywhere. Law enforcement is also undergoing changes that create ways to keep more people from using and abusing drugs and alcohol.

The shocking increase in opiate addiction among Native Americans is cause for concern, and it is not just that population’s problem. We can all work together to treat those who need help the most.

Kate Green pursues her passion of helping people with drug and alcohol addiction at Balboa Horizons Treatment Services. Read more about opiate deaths in women on her blog.

Photo Credit: Robin Iversen Rönnlund

Tags: , , , , , ,

Relevant Articles

Three Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Summer Job

Three Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Summer Job


Unemployment is one of the biggest problems in our society right now. Companies are closing, and people are losing their jobs. If ever there is a job opening in a company, you will find yourself competing against other applicants just to get even an interview. However, an interview is really not an assurance that you will get the job. It is just another type of screening to narrow the list of applicants down. Nonetheless, an interview is your opportunity to show the employer that you have what they want in an employee.

three ways increase chances getting Three Ways To Increase Your Chances Of Getting A Summer Job

If you want to create an impact during your interview, then here are three ways to make a good impression.

Create a Digital Presence

Your social network accounts like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Tumblr are not just for interacting with people, but they can also be used to create a good digital presence. It is a good way to show people your interests, hobbies, and passions, and it is also a good way to build networks with people who have similar interests to yours.

Nowadays, aside from the CV you submit to them, most employers use the Internet to know more about potential employees. They take a look at the applicants’ social network accounts, and what they see on online can help the applicant or not. Let us say for example that you own a Twitter account and its setting is set to public, then all your tweets are made available for all to see, including future employers. If you post nothing but parties, complaints, or criticisms in your Twitter account, then what is the message you are getting across? On the other hand, if your Twitter account is professional and geared towards the niche industry you are applying for, then you are showing future employers that you are a professional and someone who will be very serious in his job if hired.

Be careful though on what you post online because there is always a good chance that prospective employers will see your social network accounts and ask you about it, so be prepared to have an answer.

Be Well-Prepared

Employers are impressed by an applicant who knows something about the company, so before you appear for the interview, read up on the company first. Know what the company is about, the services and products they are offering, their mission and vision, etc.

Be Professional

If you want to make an impression with your prospective employer, then be professional and act like one. Dress smartly, and see to it that your clothes are pressed. Smell nice; employers do not want to get of whiff of body odor or bad breath on applicants. Be courteous and nice; always answer their questions with a smile and in a very polite manner. Finally, never bring your personal views about religion and politics on the table, unless the interviewer directly asks you for disclosure.

Finally, be calm yet confident. You want to show them that you are enthusiastic about the interview and are confident you are what they need. At the same time, you do not want to appear too overconfident since it can be put-offing to some people.

Jennifer Dalenberg is a content provider for self-help blogs. She specializes in tips and advice to further one’s career. If you are looking for a summer job, she recommends visiting the website of Vantage Marketing.

Image Credit: Cheap photos

Tags: , , , , , ,

Relevant Articles