We at MATRx are hoping everyone is staying safe from COVID-19 and following all the state guidelines for not only your safety but safety for others around us. We have faced our first pandemic like this in many years. This is all new to everyone and has caused a lot of stress & anxiety. This is a time where we can see a surge in heroin overdose, heroin abuse, and other opiate medication abuse. Stressful times can lead to opiate relapse or other drug addiction problems. I wanted to take this time to present some statistics on opiate overdose. 

WHO Individuals who have overdosed & needed to receive naloxone prior to ER visit

A recent study was published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine in regards to how people who have overdosed and received naloxone (Narcan) outside of the hospital. It could have been given by EMS or even a family member or friend. Some of you reading this may have personally experienced this in which a family member or friend nearly died from heroin overdose or fentanyl abuse. 

WHAT A look into how these people did over the next year after overdosing with fentanyl, heroin, or any opiate overdose. 

It was reported from this study these people have an extremely high death rate during this one year period after overdosing. In fact, they have a 13% increase rate of death as compared to the general population over the next year. This is extremely high and alarming and is the reason why it’s important for these patients to receive the appropriate treatment after the overdose. Treatment consists of buprenorphine therapy (Suboxone therapy) in addition to peer support groups, counseling, or rehabilitation programs. 

WHY It’s important to discover who is at high risk of death in our community and understand the consequences after an opiate overdose. From that, it’s important to discover methods to prevent death. 

At MATRx, we utilize true statistics to understand and develop treatment methods for all of our patients. Through buprenorphine (Suboxone or Zubsolv) therapy, we have made a huge step in helping the central Ohio opiate epidemic. From this study, we can understand and learn who is at highest risk of relapse and death and target these patients at our clinic to intensify treatment. 

We are currently seeing patients at our Marion and Reynoldsburg locations serving central Ohio, Northwest Ohio, Northern Ohio, and Southern Ohio. We provide counseling & Suboxone and Zubsolv therapy and peer group programs for your opiate addiction.