HENDERSON, Nev.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Rainbow Coral Corp. (OTCBB:RBCC) has promised to double its efforts to make certain people addicted to opioids have access to treatment after a major university study showed nearly 80 percent are shut out of the system.
The study, conducted by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, revealed only 22 percent of opioid addicts received any kind of treatment between 2009 and 2013 (the years of the survey). The rest received no help of any kind.
A major factor was the lack of treatment capacity – an earlier, related study confirmed the Johns Hopkins’ findings that most cities and towns had no facilities to provide help, meaning that even if patients wanted treatment, there was nowhere for them to go.
As a result, the study concluded that up to one million opioid addicts needing help were left to their own devices to overcome their addiction.
“One million people being shut out is not acceptable,” said RBCC CEO Kimberly Palmer. “We want to end addiction. We’ve worked to make the anti-addiction drug Naltrexone readily available and to develop practical, low-cost treatment programs. We’ve opened channels and will aggressively explore all options – partnerships, joint ventures, investments – to get people help. This is not just about good business, but also about being a good neighbor to those in need.”
The Centers for Disease Control said heroin use has surged 63 percent since 2005 and 45 percent of those addicted to heroin are also addicted to prescription opioids. Johns Hopkins found deaths from pain killer prescription overdoses doubled over the study period and heroin overdose deaths quadrupled.
For more information on RBCC’s initiatives, please visit www.rainbowbiosciences.com.
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