The Center For Disease Control just released its January report. Regarding the ongoing heroin epidemic, the numbers were startling. From 2013 to 2014, heroin overdose death rates increased by 26 percent. Since 2010, the report says, the rates have more than tripled. In the year 2014, 28,647 out of 40,000 drug-overdose deaths were due to heroin overdoses.
2014 was the most significant year for overdose deaths due to heroin. According to the report, in 15 years time, 500,000 Americans died from drug overdose.
Most people who decide to start using heroin do not do it as an initial choice. Unlike marijuana or alcohol, considered to be relatively tame substances, heroin is not something one chooses to try recreationally. Especially if they have not tried other drugs. Before the prescription painkiller epidemic, people would find themselves with heroin after years or months of substance abuse which was constantly escalating. However, prescription painkiller addiction- pills which are also opioids, like heroin- found people desperate for a solution. Doctor shopping and trying to buy pills illegally can get expensive. With a growing tolerance which requires more of the opioid substance to achieve a similar or greater pain relief, trying to find enough pills can be difficult. Opioid-dependents turn to heroin because it provides the same effect as the painkillers and is significantly cheaper.
Heroin is rarely pure. The CDC reports that one of the major trends in heroin use and consequently overdose has to do with particularly potent batches of heroin. Though the potency of heroin may have to do with purity, it more likely has to do with the presence of synthetic opioid fillers like fentanyl. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, meaning that while it is not derived from morphine, it still blocks opioid receptors as morphine would. However, fentanyl is reported to be up to 100 times stronger than morphine. Additionally, the drug is an almost clear powder, making it undetectable. Drug manufacturers have taken to using fentanyl, in addition to other fillers, in order to cut their costs on pure heroin (opium and poppy flowers).
What You Can Do To Help
If you or a loved one are struggling with opioid dependence, the best thing you can do is live by example. There is hope for heroin addiction. Recovery is possible. Though the detox and withdrawal stage can be difficult, the recovery is worth it. Call Aurora Recovery Center today for information on our medically assisted detox programs as well as our various treatment programs for opioid addiction. 844-515-STOP.