Michigan is home to many great American landmarks, notable individuals, recreational sites, and academic institutions. Its rich culture and excellent living conditions have attracted both residents and visitors alike throughout its history. Unfortunately, Michigan’s reputation alone is not enough to keep the growing substance abuse epidemic out of its borders.
In 1999, Michigan saw 235 drug overdose deaths. In 2012, this number has inflated to approximately 941 deaths. No drug has contributed to this increase more than Opiates. In fact, since 1999, Opiate related deaths have increased 9%. Despite its small size, Reed City, Michigan has not been immune to the rapid growth in drug addiction.
About Reed City
Reed City, Michigan is the current seat of Osceola County. Unlike more predominant Michigan cities, Reed City is only home to about 2,500 individuals and holds a land area of only 2.11 square miles. Part of that total land area includes Michigan’s Hershey River. The river has many tributaries, but ultimately flows into the Muskegon River. The river was named after a settler by the same name, who came to the area as a fur trapper in the mid 1800’s.
Despite its small size, Reed City boasts a rich history. The area was first known as Tunshla, but was later renamed after J.M. Reed, an original incorporator. The other individuals who helped incorporate the village were honored with streets as their namesakes. This original incorporation, which occurred in 1872, was later deemed illegal and the area had to reincorporate in 1875.
With the addition of railroad access throughout Michigan during the late 1800’s, Reed City’s population grew. By the 1890’s, the population of Reed City was actually higher than that which was reported on the latest U.S. census. With its successful hotels, saloons, manufacturing opportunities, hospital, and railroad stops, the village was officially incorporated as a city in 1933. Today, Reed City is home to the Old Rugged Cross Historical Museum, which pays tribute to the area’s history, including its famous resident and composer George Bennard.
Though Reed City and Osceola County are rural (being home to rivers, streams, and woodlands) it has still been impacted by the substance abuse issues that are present across Michigan.
Drug Addiction & Drug Treatment in Reed City, Michigan
In Reed City, Heroin remains the number one cause of drug-related emergency room and hospital admissions. Despite Reed City’s small population, area hospitals saw 14 of these admissions in the last year. Notably, this figure is double the amount of admissions for any other drug. Additional drug-related hospital admissions are as follows, in descending order:
- Methamphetamines; and
This development is a part of a greater trend seen across Osceola County, Michigan, and the entire United States. Opiate-related drugs are sweeping their way across America, leaving behind a wake of devastation for addicts and their families. Unlike other substances, which seemed to affect some areas worse than others, Heroin and other Opiates have no boundaries. People from all races, genders, socioeconomic statuses, and regions have been equally, and harshly, impacted by the drugs.
Throughout the nation, doctors have been prescribing Opiate painkillers at record levels. Everything from toothaches to broken bones have been treated using these pills, which were once touted as relatively safe. As an increasing number of patients used these medications as a method of pain control, their addictive quality became apparent. This, in turn, drove patients to either seek the substance from multiple doctors, or illicitly from the streets.
When prescription painkillers became unavailable from a physician or too expensive on the street, many addicts turned to cheaper and more potent alternatives, such as Heroin. In Osceola County, officials state that a dose of Heroin can go for about $10.00.
Unfortunately, Heroin isn’t the only battle that Reed City officials are fighting. Though production and distribution of Methamphetamines has been slightly declining (in favor of Heroin and other Opiates), it is still a threat to area residents. The chemicals used to make Meth are highly toxic. When exposed to these toxins, users, drug manufacturers, and even their neighbors can experience symptoms of:
- Nausea or vomiting;
- Loss of appetite;
- Delusions; or
In an effort to combat this trend, Osceola County officials, along with the Traverse Narcotics Team, conduct regular investigations and drug busts throughout the region.
Others, including the non-profit organization, The Red Project, are taking efforts to educate the public on the dangers of drug use. Among other initiatives, members of this group distribute sterile syringes and promote access to Naloxone. Naloxone, otherwise known as Narcan, is the lifesaving antidote to an Opiate overdose. Currently, two bills are being considered in the Michigan House and Senate, which would make the medication available without a prescription. The Red Project claims that approximately 288 lives have been saved through their efforts regarding Narcan distribution.
Despite facing substance abuse issues on multiple fronts, Reed City and the surrounding area offer resources for those who are struggling with addiction.
Substance Abuse Resources in Reed City
By contacting us, or one of the following treatment facilities, you or a loved one can begin your journey to recovery.
For more information on substance abuse treatment options, please feel free to contact us, or one of the above-listed treatment facilities, today.