More bad news for the hardest-hit communities, but Technology can help

The highest drug mortality rates are disproportionately concentrated in the economically distressed mining, manufacturing and service sector dependent counties with high exposure to prescription opioids and fentanyl.


Alex, from troubled and economically challenged Southwestern Pennsylvania, got involved with prescription painkillers after a motorcycle accident. His parents detected his condition and immediately his mother did a "Google search" and his father did a "Bing search" .
Before going ahead with The Drug Rehab Inc., they wanted to dig deeper and check their business reviews. Once they were satisfied with the reviews, they decided to go ahead with it and did a tele-consult, or “Video Visit” with the admissions specialist. Before the consult, Alex’s parents received an email and text notification on the timing of the telemedicine consult.  
The rehab specialist was very helpful and explained to the family how simple it was to use an online scheduler for not only the initial approach consult, but scheduling of Alex’s first visit as well. Before leaving for the facility, Alex's mother had an appointment with a pain medication doctor acting as consultant to the SUD facility. Alex’s team of special therapists was already taking form!

The pain doctor received notification on email and text on the appointment. She accepts it and the appointment is confirmed…all electronically and shared across the entire treatment team.
After they arrive at the facility, they are seen by the pain doctor. The doctor suggests a 30 day IOP. The family retires to their hotel room and chooses the cheapest rehab deal. They pay for it over the web but they did the analysis even before they left for the facility.  
Alex is now an alumni and excited for his new “lease on life”. However, after only two months, Alex unfortunately relapses and needs a counseling session. His father now sets up a telemedicine live consult with the rehab psychologist. Later they again do a telemedicine consult with the pain medication doctor.
In addition. Both Alex and his parents are given web based access to many valuable online resources.
For next 12 weeks, Alex is meeting with his therapist every week at a designated time to keep motivated in being sober, taking the right medications and keeping in compliance. Alex is well on his way to a full, substance free lifestyle thanks to not only his loved ones but the strength that new technologies provide in the field of treatment for SUD.

Some statistics on drug addiction and substance abuse

Source: American Addiction Centers
  • In 2017, 19.7 million American adults aged 12 or older, fought against a substance use disorder according to National Survey on Drug Use and Health(NSDUH)
  • In the same year, 8.5 million American adults suffered from both mental health disorder and a substance abuse disorder
  • Approximately 4% of the American adolescent population aged 12 to 17 suffer from a substance use disorder, which is 1 in 25 people in this group
  • In 2017, an estimated of 20.7 million people age 12 and older needed treatment for substance abuse out of which only 4 million or 19% of them received the treatment
  • Drug abuse and addiction costs more than $740 billion annually including lost workplace productivity, healthcare expenses and crime related costs.

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