The National Heroin Epidemic
Over the past 10 years, the rate of heroin-related overdose deaths in the United States nearly quadrupled among men and women, most age
groups, and all income levels, with some of the greatest increases occurring in demographic groups that have had historically lower rates of
Across the nation the number of overdose deaths in 2015 continue to climb at alarming rates. According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention there were 8,257 heroin deaths last year as compared to 1,779 in 2000. It is widely cited that this increase is directly related to
addiction to prescription pain medication.
Caron Older Adults Program
Addiction in adults aged 65 and over is America’s fastest growing health issue; between 6% and 10% of elderly hospital admissions are the result
of alcohol and drug problems. However, addiction in this group can be difficult to detect because warning signs can mimic insomnia,
forgetfulness, and other age-related concerns. Approximately 10,000 people are turning 65 each day, and Caron offers addiction and behavioral
health treatment that is tailored for their needs.
Making Treatment Accessible
Many patients and their families seek high quality care, but unfortunately lack the financial resources for our residential treatment. Caron will
expand our scholarship program, so that we can open the door to more families from the communities that we serve. Our goal is to insure that
financial barriers are removed, enabling those in need of care to take that first critical step into the Carole and Ray Neag Medical Center.