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Aug

IN THE NEWS: Cenikor Waco

Cenikor Waco was featured on Fox 44 KWKT to discuss the current opioid epidemic.

 

 

WACO, Texas – This week, President Donald Trump is addressing a national epidemic.

 

The latest government numbers show drug overdose deaths in 2016 continued to climb despite ongoing efforts to stem the the opioid epidemic. And Waco is not immune to this problem. This ever-worsening opioid crisis in the U.S. is killing nearly 150 people every day. And although you may not be hearing much about it here in Waco, it’s affecting more people here than you think.

 

Cold symptoms to the extreme. “Sneezing, possibly vomiting, diarrhea, muscle aches……and add to that extreme anxiety, bordering panic attack, it’s a never-ending process. It just keeps on and on and on until you finally get something that will….an opiate of any sort, really,” says patient Theodore Kamisarjevsky. That’s how Theodore explains his dependency of opioids before treatment.

 

“For me, it was a solution. It was a solution for some difficulties that were presented in my life,” Theodore said. He’s one of millions of Americans falling victim to the opioid crisis in the U.S., and this threat is now growing in Waco, where facilities like Cenikor are trying to comeback the problem.

 

“The problem is there such a stigma on treatment, and there’s still such a stigma on being an addict and alcoholic,” says Cenikor Waco Outpatient Manager Stacie Woodall. “So, a lot of people don’t reach out for treatment. People need to know that there is treatment available, and there’s treatment available locally.”

 

The outpatient facility has a whopping 45 percent of patients who come there to seek treatment for opioid addiction or dependency.

 

“Cenikor offers a continuum of care,” Stacie said. “That’s what we want. We want to meet the client and detox and follow them all the way through.”

 

“I know I thought I could do it on my own for a really long time, but I just can’t. I have to have the support of other people who are like me,” Theodore said.

 

If you or someone you know is in need of help and or treatment: 1-800-CENIKOR or www.cenikor.org

 

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