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Heroin: An Equal Opportunity Killer

Heroin: An Equal Opportunity Killer - The Bergand Group

While most people see heroin as a problem for “other” families, researchers suggest that its detrimental use can impact anyone and does not depend on race, intelligence or economic status. “Most of those using heroin began [as] patients of doctors treating their pain, either from surgery or injuries. This is true for 75% of the patients we have been treating here,” says Carol Porto, Director of the Carol M. Porto Treatment Center. When the injury subsides, many patients are hooked on these drugs and when prescriptions run out, or they can not afford the drug anymore, people sometimes turn to a cheaper alternative – heroin. “While I’d like to stand here and tell you that this is getting better, it’s not,” said Governor Martin O’Malley. “It’s getting worse, which is why we are redoubling our efforts.” Implementing programs such as the Overdose Prevention Council, a program dedicated to educate and help communities facing addictions, hopes are high that we can tackle this epidemic.

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