A Russian drug is now becoming a popular choice throughout the United States. Desomorphine is quickly spreading as a go-to drug for many. In fact, Krokodil use is rising at an alarming rate. One of Morningside Recovery staff members got the chance to speak about the increase in Krokodil use and the new drug epidemic rocking our country.
Morningside Recovery Speaks on Krokodil Use
Dr. Gerald Grosso, Clinical Director at Morningside Recovery shared his views recently. He gave 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.
“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.
Morningside Recovery and Addiction
If you’re suffering from substance abuse or Krokodil use, reach out to Morningside Recovery for help. Call today at 855-631-2135 to learn about our addiction treatment services and how we can help you regain control of your life.