In a report, the CDC says that heroin overdose deaths have increased by almost 300% from the year 2002 all the way to 2013. Over 8,000 people died during this time period from heroin overdose alone. Research in the past has stated that people who have used prescription opioids were 40% more inclined to dabble in heroin and become addicted, according to ABC News.
Despite the numerous attempts to nip heroin use in the bud the drug always finds its way to multiply the lives it consumes.
“An increasing number of people are primed for heroin use because they were addicted to an opioid painkiller,” says the CDC director Dr.Tom Frieden who also mentioned that heroin is about five times more affordable than the prescription pills,” says ABC News.
Heroin is not only a problem in urban communities, it has spread to areas with smaller populations also. Expecting mothers have continued their heroin use throughout their pregnancies, according to Dr. Stephen Patrick, the associate professor of pediatrics and health policy and Neonatologist at Vanderbilt University’s medical center, who works with infants who have heroin in their system from the womb from pregnant women still using.
The repeat problem is that there are not enough treatment centers available to help women or anyone willing to break free from their addiction. Dr. Patrick says that families need more treatment, particularly young families. He says there are an excessive amount of young women out there that need help and are addicted compared to the amount in 2002. People need to stop reaching for drugs as an answer so they can finally start to realize they need to receive treatment.
Heroin is an ongoing epidemic that officials are looking to solve and end. If you know anyone who is struggling with the disease of addiction contact Drug Rehab Nashville for specialized heroin rehab and call (615)348-5866.