Doctors Speak Out About How The Opioid Crisis Is Affecting Lubbock Locals

LUBBOCK, TX - The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention recently reported a 30 percent jump in opioid overdoses nationwide. This rapid increase, according to the CDC, was reported between July 2016 through September 2017.
Lubbock Emergency Room doctors said these statistics do not leave out the Hub City. 
"We've seen accidental and non-accidental overdoses, most recently just a day or so ago," Dr. Ryan Lewis, a physician at Star ER, said. 
Dr. Lewis said the recent increase can be attributed to both street and prescription drugs.
"The United States prescribes more opioids then every other country in the world combined," Dr. Lewis said.
Cole Watts, co-owner and COO of Stages of Recovery, a Texas Addiction Services Center, said they often have had patients who have previously used the drug.
"I would say 80 to 90 percent have tried it at some point. It may not be their drug of choice or the thing they always do, but it's pretty regular. It's pretty common," Watts said.
If you think you may be struggling from addiction to opioids or any type of drug or alcohol, Stages Of Recovery wants to help. If you need help, you can contact them HERE.  
For more information on this study, click HERE. 

More Stories

Trending Stories

Latest News