The Heroin Epidemic
February 25, 2016

The Heroin EpidemicParts of the country are facing a fierce battle with heroin. Massachusetts, New Hampshire, West Virginia, Florida and Nevada are currently just a few of the most recent states to see an increase in the use of the drug as well as deaths caused by heroin overdose.

Much of the country is also seeing an increase in heroin use. A New York Times article published in January 2016 states the death rate from drug overdoses is climbing at a much faster pace than other causes of death, jumping to an average of 15 per 100,000 in 2014 from nine per 100,000 in 2003. In New Hampshire alone, drug deaths have skyrocketed due to overdose of an opioid known as fentanyl. Fentanyl is a painkiller 100 times as powerful as morphine.

The average user of heroin has shifted in the last decade. There has been a merge in the highest death rate for drug poisoning involving heroin from inner city minorities to middle class. However in the past year, use of heroin is now taking hold of the suburbs.

Discussion of the heroin epidemic has even reached presidential levels recently. Presidential candidates are placing this problem at the forefront of the 2016 campaign. With several candidates having been personally affected by the addiction of family and friends, 2016 presidential candidates are voicing plans to tackle the problem in office.

Heroin is an extremely addictive drug with a high rate of relapse. Often times withdrawal symptoms experienced are severe, which will lead to relapse. After completing a successful detox, an intensive outpatient program can offer additional support and therapies for patients to increase their chances of staying sober.

A New Start, Inc., is an IOP program in West Palm Beach offering therapies and support for those suffering from addiction. For additional information about A New Start, Inc., and our intensive outpatient program, please call 1-844-TALK-ANS.



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