Depending upon the person's goals for opioid treatment in Iowa, there are many different options. Perhaps the most common choice has become Medication-Assisted Treatment or MAT. MAT uses replacement opioids to get someone off whatever opioid they are abusing and onto prescription forms. This has the advantage of minimizing overdose death and infectious disease transmission but can't be called "treatment" when comparing it to other forms that get people off chemical substances.
For those who are looking to reclaim their drug-free life, other options exist. Twelve-step programs may be the most prevalent since they've been the backbone of the drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry for decades. Though they may not be as popular as they once were, mainly due to pharmacological methods becoming more prevalent, they have helped countless people achieve long-term recovery.
Another type of treatment that is often overlooked is holistic drug rehabilitation. This may be the most effective form for opioid addiction because it doesn't buy into the thinking that the person will be an addict for life. Holistic programs may be more intensive and more prolonged, but they physically rebuild the person to feel better off drugs than on them. Holistic programs frequently provide counseling as well, which is targeted at addressing the underlying causes of addiction.
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Iowa Opioid Possession Penalties
All states regulate and control the possession of opioids, though each differs in how they are classified and the penalties for possession. Because there are so many different opioids that vary in deadliness, there is no blanket penalty for possessing opioids in Iowa. We are examining the penalties for personal use only. Possessing opioids for personal use carries different penalties than convictions for making or selling them. In Iowa, the criminal penalties for opioids possession depend on whether the violation is a first or subsequent conviction.
First conviction: A first conviction is a serious misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of between $315 and $1,875, up to one year in jail, or both.
Second conviction: A second conviction is an aggravated misdemeanor. Penalties include a fine of between $625 and $6,250 and one year in jail; or no fine and up to two years in prison.
Third and subsequent convictions: A third or subsequent conviction is a class D felony. Penalties include a fine of between $750 and $7,500, up to five years in prison, or both.
Iowa Opioid Statistics
In Iowa, 143 drug overdose deaths involved opioids in 2018, a rate of 4.8, and a decrease from the 206 deaths in 2017.
- Deaths involving prescription opioids decreased from 104 in 2017 to 64 in 2018.
- Deaths involving heroin or synthetic opioids other than methadone remained stable, with 37 and 80 deaths, respectively.
In 2018, Iowa providers wrote 49.3 opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons compared to the average U.S. rate of 51.4 prescriptions.