Though most attention has fallen on the opioid epidemic when it comes to the world of addiction, prescription pills are hardly the only problematic substance within the U.S. at the moment. Heroin addiction has also proven to be of epidemic-level proportions and there are certainly changes that need to be made on that front.
How Heroin Addiction Numbers Are Still Rising
Heroin doesn’t discriminate. It hasn’t gravitated toward one particular group overwhelmingly more than others. It “has increased across the US among men and women, most age groups, and all income levels.” This means that all people within the United States should be concerned whether they are (currently) personally affected or not. Together, professionals and patients alike need to look for solutions.
Heroin use is often said to take place alongside the use of other drugs, which only increases the risks. Not many people who take this chance know what the results of these combinations will be or how it may increase the likelihood of an overdose. “Nearly all people who used heroin also used at least 1 other drug,” and “most used at least 3 other drugs.” That is a terrifying fact, one which throws this situation into a much darker and more frightening light than ever before, if that is at all possible.
Unfortunately, the commonly-discussed opioid addiction often leads to heroin abuse, adding to the already-high number of those suffering from heroin addiction at present. The death toll is rising and those who desperately need professional aid are not receiving it for a variety of reasons. This all sounds dire, and it is, but the makings of a solution is completely possible: it starts with education, awareness, and training for those who are professional equipped to make a difference.
What can the American people do to fight back against this epidemic? To begin with, prescribers have been called to limit prescription painkillers to their patients. These painkillers, as mentioned above, often lead to the eventual development of an issue with heroin. Addiction professionals should reach out to at-risk individuals and encourage them to seek out treatment, counseling, and whatever else he or she might need in order to begin their recovery journey. Police and emergency responders, meanwhile, should always have training for and access to naloxone in case of overdose cases.
The “common man” might not have the power to take these actions, but everyone can stay informed. Read up on the statistics of heroin addiction in 2016 and the dangers of its use in any capacity. Similarly, if you suffer from chronic pain, look into other options before asking for the painkillers that have lead many down this dangerous road. If you or someone you know has already developed an issue of substance abuse, whether to heroin or something else, then get in touch with a qualified clinic to get help as quickly as possible in order to reach the most stable results.
Responsibility for change lies with all of us. Contact The Bergand Group if you are looking into recovery programs for yourself or for others. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction. We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.
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