Heroin Addiction

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The late singer and guitar virtuoso Lou Reed wrote his anthem to heroin addiction, aptly named ‘Heroin’, while he and David Bowie were strung out in Berlin, Germany. Reed died in 2103 from liver cancer. It may have been a result of his history of heroin abuse. Reed ceased using heroin decades earlier. Scores of other celebrities have also overdosed and died. They include: Philip Seymour Hoffman, River Phoenix, John Belushi, and Janis Joplin.

Every heroin addict knows that nothing in the world feels like a heroin high. When high, everything feels lovely. Your problems, responsibilities, job, family, and ambition melt away in what feels like a glorious haze. This is the lure of heroin and the reason it is so hard to stop. 

Battling Heroin addiction is very tough and often times very dangerous due to the withdrawal symptoms. Recovery from this addiction is very hard but isn’t impossible. With proper care and treatment program you or a loved one can recover. We can help, please call 877-348-7494 Help is Available.

 

Heroin Facts & Statistics 

 

What does a heroin addict look like?

The face of the heroin addict has changed in the last 30 years. The junk-addicted prostitute, with just a shred of humanity left, still exists. However, the majority of today’s heroin addicts are middle class suburbanites or wealthy young adults. A large percentage of them are women aged 16-24. The price of heroin has dropped significantly and the supply has increased, which has led to heroin becoming the fastest-growing addiction in the world.

It is now estimated that 4 of 5 new heroin users got hooked on opiates through prescription pain pills. The CDC reported that in 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids: enough to give each American adult their own bottle of pills

Opioids

4 of 5 new heroin users got hooked on opiates through prescription pain pills.

Where does Heroin come from?

Most heroin is imported from Afghanistan, China, Mexico, and Columbia. These countries supply most of the world’s heroin. They usually cut it with additives that create a higher potency drug, which boosts their profits. These powerful and new heroin mixes can prove fatal to uninitiated users and first time heroin tasters. The introduction of China White into the heroin market, which was cut with Fentanyl, resulted in overdoses across the United States. The new version of the drug was about 30-50 times more potent than everything else that was available at the time.

Heroin Withdrawal and Health Impact

Heroin addiction has a massive down-side. Nothing feels more physically potent than the need for a fix when a user runs out of heroin. No other drug produces as singularly devastating physical and mental withdrawal. Heroin users typically suffer from the following:

  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sweats and shakes
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Nausea

In addition, injecting heroin creates a higher risk for HIV, Hepatitis C, and other blood-borne viruses.

Do you need help treating a heroin addiction?

Has heroin become the single focus of your life, or that of a loved one? Are you terrified you will run out of “junk”? Are you tired of dirty sheets that go along with the baby laxative that is frequently used to cut heroin with? Have you sold your possessions or body to feed your addiction? Nearly all heroin addicts experience these things on a regular basis.

There is still hope for you! Even if you have lost your family and friends, we know you can recover!

Heroin does not have to be a death sentence or a lifelong companion. It is possible to recover from addiction. Thousands have already kicked their habit. They now live happy, productive lives. One famous example is Keith Richards: The Rolling Stones musician was faced with the choice of continued heroin use or being kicked from the band. Richard’s opted to give up his heroin use.

In reality, we know it is not that easy. That is why we are here to provide the fastest, simplest, and best access to a facility that can help you beat heroin addiction. If you want to end your heroin nightmare, don’t delay: call us now.

DIAL: 877-348-7494

 

How Heroin Kills

 

Heroin Addiction Facts

From The American Society of Addiction Medicine

The Scary Truth:

Heroin as an opioid. It is in the same category as the prescription pain relievers’ oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and more. Each of these drugs, whether legal or not, are chemically related. They all react with opioid receptors in our brains to produce a sense of pleasure and relieve pain.

In 2014, 1.9 million Americans aged 12 or over had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers. 586,000 abused heroin, according to SAMHSA.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 23% of those who try heroin develop an addiction.

Opioid addiction caused 18,893 overdose deaths in 2014 per CDC records.

From 1999-2008, overdose death rates, sales and substance use disorder treatment admissions from prescription pain meds increased in tandem.4

From 2008-1999 the overdose death rate increased nearly 4x. Concurrently, sales of prescription pain meds also increased by 4x.4

Treatment for opiate abuse admissions in 2009 was 6x higher than in 1999.4

Facts About Adolescent Heroin Usage (12 to 17 years old)

SAMHSA recorded that 28,000 adolescents had used heroin in 2014. An estimated 16,000 are current heroin users. By the time you finish reading this page, some will likely have died.

Due to large pharmaceutical pushes, prescriptions for opioids among adolescents nearly doubled from 1994-2007 according to medical records from several sources1.

Facts About Heroin Use Among Women

 The CDC reports that women are more likely to have chronic pain, be prescribed prescription pain relievers, receive higher doses, and use them for longer than men. Also, women may develop a dependence on opiate pain-pills quicker than men.

Overdose deaths from opiate prescriptions increased by 400% from 1999-2010. In that time, 48,000 women overdosed.

Overdose deaths among women are 3x higher than they were just a few years ago. From 2010-

2013, overdoses increased from 0.4$ to 1.2$ per 100,000 people5.

Get Help with a Heroin Addiction

We are always happy to hear from you, and to help you or a loved one find the help you need for your addiction. Call us right away and help save a life: 877-348-7494.

SOURCES

American Society of Addiction Medicine

http://www.asam.org/docs/default-source/advocacy/opioid-addiction-disease-facts-figures.pdf

National Institute on Drug Abuse

http://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/opioids

American Society of Addiction Medicine

http://www.asam.org/docs/publicypolicy-statements/1definition_of_addiction_long_4-11.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. (2015).

http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf

National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2014). Drug Facts: Heroin

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/heroin

Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics System, Mortality File. (2015)

http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/health_policy/AADR_drug_poisoning_involving_OA_Heroin_US_2000-2014.pdf

 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2014). Opioid Painkiller Prescribing, Where You Live Makes a Difference.

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/opioid-prescribing/

 National Institute of Drug Abuse. (2015). Drug Facts: Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medications.

http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-over-counter-medications

Center for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). Prescription Painkiller Overdoses: A Growing Epidemic, Especially Among Women.

http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/prescriptionpainkilleroverdoses/index.html

 

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