Dr. Gerald Grosso, Clinical Director at Morningside Recovery shared his take on a possible new drug epidemic making it’s way to the United States.
CBS News Article: Krokodil use reportedly spreading: What makes dangerous drug so addictive?
We need to find out what is the underlying problem and how do we address it, as opposed to just treating symptoms.
View an excerpt of Dr. Grosso’s comments and the CBS News Report on Krokodil use below, or read the entire article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-204_162-57608079/krokodil-use-reportedly-spreading-what-makes-dangerous-drug-so-addictive
“When people are using this it’s not so much about getting a high anymore, it’s more about not going through withdrawals,” Dr. Gerald Grosso, clinical director of Morningside Recovery in Newport Beach, Calif., told CBSNews.com.
Grosso explained that people might start out abusing prescription opiates like oxycodone, but then progress to cheaper heroin once they start running low on funds. Krokodil would be the next step down, especially for those who are extremely addicted and low on cash.
Part of the problem is that attitudes are shifting towards opiate drug use, Grosso explained.
“In the old day, heroin was this nasty drug that people who were down and out were using,” he said. But now “you don’t have to shoot it anymore. People can snort it and smoke it, so the perception is not as bad as it was.”
Grosso called for more education about opiates, especially focusing on the fact that just because a medication is prescribed doesn’t make it safe to use in any amount or any occasion. He also pointed out that addiction recovery shouldn’t just focus on getting the addict to kick the drug, but also on the emotional issues that made the person turn to drugs in the first place. Otherwise, most of these recovering addicts will just relapse into their old behaviors.