Addiction and Overdose Death: Prerequisites for Seminary School
October 19, 2017
If you are battling opioid use disorder it’s likely you know what is at risk. Chances are you know people who have lost their lives to overdose, in recent years. In 2016, there were 64,000 recorded overdose deaths, setting another record. It’s a number that will probably be surpassed this year, due to the continued rise in synthetic opioid prevalence. Treatment and working a program of addiction recovery is the only preventative measure you can take.
California is a large state, with the most significant population in the country. New Hampshire, on the other hand, is tiny in comparison; on a scale from one to 50, NH ranks number 44 in size and 41st in population. Despite the state’s small stature and low population density, NH saw nearly 500 overdose deaths in 2016. Per capita, New Hampshire has one of the highest opioid overdose death rates in the country.
To give you an idea of how severe the problem is in NH, the state’s chief medical examiner threw in the towel (so to speak). In the wake of almost 500 overdose deaths across the state last year, Dr. Thomas A. Andrew announced his resignation, The New York Times reports. He will enroll in seminary school and plans to minister to young people about addiction.
Opioid Addiction is Overwhelming
New Hampshire has more deaths per capita from synthetic opioids than any other state, according to the article. NH has also seen more carfentanil deaths than other states, 41 suspected and 11 confirmed this year, so far.
The state is inundated with overdose deaths causing a severe backlog, the article reports. What’s more, a medical examiner is only allowed to examine 250 cadavers each year. Anything more, and a medical examiner’s office is deficient. Dr. Andrew and Dr. Jennie V. Duval, the deputy chief medical examiner, performed 250 each. With more overdose deaths expected this year, the State’s medical examiner’s office is at serious risk of becoming deficient. Meaning, the department could lose its accreditation; undermining public confidence as a result and a medical examiner’s findings could be challenged in court. Some four offices have been deemed deficient and lost accreditation so far, nationwide.
“After seeing thousands of sudden, unexpected or violent deaths,” Dr. Andrew said, “I have found it impossible not to ponder the spiritual dimension of these events for both the deceased and especially those left behind.”
Andrew has seen the devastation that opioid addiction has wrought and his experience can help others. Once he becomes an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church he will:
- Serve as a chaplain for the Boy Scouts of America.
- Join the Appalachian Trail Chaplaincy of the United Methodist Church, and minister to troubled hikers, in the White Mountains of NH.
Opioid Use Disorder Treatment
Recovering from opioid addiction is a challenging endeavor, but it’s possible with help. At Christians Drug Rehab, we are equipped to assist in breaking the cycle of addiction and can start you on the path of long-term recovery. Please contact us today.