Posted: Thursday, March 18, 2016, 6:30pm
By: Maira Magana
There is over 36 million people addicted to Opiates.
These drugs are usually prescribed to patients with severe back and leg pain or to cancer patients.
Because Opiates are a strong drug, people become tolerant to it and need more and more to get the same effect. Without realizing it they have become addicted. Many people have been overdosing intently trying to get the same effect. I Some that do not have the means to get it or their doctor has refused to prescribe another dose are going out to the streets. They are substituting Opiates for heroine. Heroine is much more affordable and gives the same effect.
Due to this Heroine death have been multiplying.
FLORIDA: Orlando, WFTV – Addicts across the state turned to heroin when Florida authorities cracked down on prescription pain pills.
HAWAII: Honolulu, KITV – As heroin use increases, users in Hawaii are getting younger and younger.
MAINE: Portland, WMTW – Drug deaths worsen as dealers add the illicit painkiller Fentanyl to pills and heroin
MISSISSIPPI: Biloxi, WLOX – A Mississippi mother has to drive her son 20 hours away, all the way to Massachusetts, to the nearest rehab center she can find for him
NORTH CAROLINA: Charlotte, WSOC – An undercover police sting nets a young women selling drugs with her 5-year-old son in tow.
WASHINGTON: Seattle, KOMO – A grandmother’s body is dumped after she overdoses on heroin.
Due to this epidemic the Center for Disease and Control Prevention (CDC) has made guidelines to help prevent further opiate addiction. ( GLENN & EFFRON , 2016)
Doctors are now being advised to:
Try therapy as the first resource
Prescribe Opiates for a few days (only)
Start medication with small doses
Educate the patient
Make sure the patient is fully aware of the side effects
U.S. government will award $94 million to 271 drug treatment centers in 45 states, Puerto Rico and the nation’s capital. (Sailer, 2016)