Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-16 21:46:00 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) — Many people are suffering from a pandemic, and for some, it means drug addiction.
Deaths from drug overdose reached a record high in 2020.
On Friday, 8 News Now told the therapist that this was the busiest ever.
Now that vaccines are available, many feel a little normal, but there is still a lot of uncertainty and stress that most people find very difficult to deal with.
Owner and therapist Sam Richardson Las Vegas therapy He says new clients are coming in every day since he opened the door three years ago.
“Almost any substance that can be used to distract or not feel anything. That’s what makes people paralyzed from these things,” Richardson said. “We have definitely seen an increase in mental health problems.”
According to the CDC, drug overdose deaths in the United States increased by nearly 30% in 2020, reaching the highest ever recorded.
Here in Nevada, the Department of Health and Human Services reports a 37% increase in deaths from accidental drug overdose in Nevada from early 2019 to early 2020.
“Most of the casework we do really focuses on trauma, falls, drug overdose, and those of that nature, and there is a suicidal element,” says Coroner Melanie, Clark County. Rouse says.
In Nevada, fentanyl overdose almost tripled in the first half of 2020. Many people who use these drugs start with a prescription, which is where the addiction begins.
When it comes to how to help, it’s important to report all types of behavior that appear to be off, and it’s important to be surrounded by people.
“When you get stressed, you have to rely on someone, you don’t have to do it yourself,” Richardson said.