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Pills to Poison: the Heroin Epidemic

Pills to Poison: the Heroin Epidemic
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Pills to Poison: the Heroin Epidemic

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Treatment for Heroin

Opiate addictions are becoming more common these days as painkillers are easy to acquire and simple to develop a dependency. Whether it is the street drug heroin or the medication OxyContin, those who are exposed to opiates find themselves addicted to the high the substance gives them. According to SAMHSA and the NIH, the number of prescriptions for opioids have escalated from around 76 million in 1991 to nearly 207 million in 2013 eluding to the rising problem that opiates may have.

The Problem

Unfortunately, there are numerous problems with opioid substance abuse that is causing an increase is those who abuse this substance. Medication that is opium based can lead the individuals to turn to heroin, exposing a person to blood borne illnesses that are associated with sharing needles. To control the spread of diseases like Hepatitis or HIV, clean needle clinics are non-profits organizations that are focused on controlling this growing problem.

Another problem is that young adults are easily exposed to opiates if they get injured in high school. On an average day in 2011, there were 2,317 drug-related emergency room visits for young adults aged 18 to 25 involving heroin and narcotics. Daily, 201 ER visits involve heroin and 237 involve narcotic pain relievers like hydrocodone or oxycodone.

It is understandable that between the ages of 14 and 25 are experimental times in a person’s life and drug abuse is often encouraged by an individual’s peers to fit in during parties or social gatherings. Experimenting with opiates often results the young adult in visiting the ER with a possible overdose scare due to mixing pills with alcohol.

Overdoses leading to deaths from prescription painkillers have quadrupled since 1999, killing more than 16,000 people in the U.S. in 2013. Medications like painkillers are increasing in strength with every compound purified. The strength of these pills may cause complications leading to death or overdose. Mixing alcohol and opiates can also lead to overdose because alcohol often amplifies the effects of medication like painkillers.

Getting Help

An addiction to opiates can take your life down a very dangerous road involving treacherous friends, life threating situations, and an emotional rollercoaster of dependency and withdrawals. Getting help should be your main priority before your life with heroin spirals out of control.

The number of people, 12 years old or older, who received treatment for heroin during their most recent substance use treatment in the past year was higher in 2013 (526,000) than it was a decade ago showing that there is hope no matter what stage of your life you are in. Furthermore, 618,000 people reached out and received help from a treatment facility for heroin in 2014.

It takes courage to see that you have a problem and it takes self-esteem to know that your life could be better without a dependency to heroin. In many cases those who need help funding their life change can have most or all paid for by your insurance company. Many who have gotten help for their addiction have used these payment methods:

  • Cash or self-payment: 90%
  • Private health insurance: 65%
  • Medicaid: 59%
  • State-financed health insurance: 41%
  • Medicare: 33%

Addiction Effects Everyone

No one dreams of becoming a heroin addict nor do they think twice when their trusted doctor prescribes them OxyCotin. Many opiate addictions start with prescription medication for an injury and once a dependency occurs it takes courage to find the help needed. From Soccer mom’s to CEO executives, addiction wears many faces of all classes and cultures. The real courage lies in finding the help you need before it spirals out of control. Call today to get your life back, call today because your life matters.

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