The heroin user of today has a new face.
The typical heroin user today is 27 years old, white and from middle class suburbia. In a national survey, the number of people who admitted to using heroin in the past year nearly doubled between 2005 and 2012, from 380,000 to 670,000, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Young adults ages 24 and up are getting hooked on heroin following an initial dependency on prescription pain medication. States are really cracking down on prescription pain med distribution now and it is becoming more difficult for those addicted to medications like Oxycontin, Vicodin, etc., to obtain their drug of choice. Heroin is a cheaper drug that supply’s a similar high.
Prescription Manufacturers Stepping Up
Manufacturers are making pain pills more difficult to abuse in an attempt to lower addiction. In some cases they are making the pills so hard that they can not be chopped up and made into a powder. Many abusers chop up the pills and snort or smoke the powder which diminishes the pills timed released safety attribute. This way of ingesting pain medication is the most deadly. Unfortunately, the former pain pill abuser is now substituting the opiate with heroin which is cheaper, easier to get and provides the same high. New York has lead the way in trying to combat the heroin epidemic. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, call English Mountain Recovery today!
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