We recently talked about the rise in heroin use and its deadly effects. At Clearbrook, we don’t write about this because that’s what the news tells us or because of public opinion. We write about this because we are in the trenches with people who are so sick and in pain from the horrible life that heroin addiction offers. We know people are dying all across the country. Yesterday, the Center For Disease Control & Prevention confirmed this.
Thankfully in the US, the government put standards and stop gaps in place to avert the over-prescribing of pain medications in the last few years. Prescription drug abuse was out of control because there were very little restrictions on how often and how many of these scripts were able to be written. Even with those measures, prescription drug abuse is still the leading cause of all drug overdoses. The last reported number was 16,000 deaths.
With these pills not so readily available the cost for them on the street has gone up. Many people cannot afford to buy them to sustain their addiction…so they turn to heroin. Heroin will produce the same effect, and stronger than the opioid pain medications can. Heroin is also 10 times cheaper. The latest data that came out yesterday tells us that in 2010 there were 3000 overdose deaths in the country from heroin. That number rose to 5,925 in 2012 and almost doubled in 2013.
These numbers are staggering. With all the devastation that we have seen from the use of heroin, we also have seen countless numbers of success stories from people that sought treatment at Clearbrook. People who came here in utter despair are now living happy, joyful, and full lives. If you or someone you love needs a heroin detox and a heroin rehab please don’t wait any longer to call us. We are here to help.