There are few other problems that the U.S. has faced that’ve reached as far and wide as the heroin epidemic. It was once highly associated with the stigma of being a back alley drug, but has now reached into every demographic of our nation’s society. With the rise of heroin abuse, heroin addiction treatment is the only chance the country has of stopping the epidemic.
Heroin is the Most Addictive Drug in the World
The rise in heroin use has been largely influenced by the ongoing problems we’ve seen with people abusing highly-addictive prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Opana, Vicodin and Percocet. Since the introduction of OxyContin, overdose deaths across the U.S. have quadrupled. Many addicts will start off with painkillers, because they do not possess the same stigma and are seen as more socially acceptable. In many cases, they are prescribed these by a doctor to treat moderate to severe pain and sadly, many become addicted. As an addict’s painkiller habit becomes more and more expensive, they often will switch over to heroin, because of it’s cheaper cost.
In 2010, the makers of OxyContin implemented an abuse-deterrent formula, which made it much harder for addicts to snort, smoke or inject the drug. Upon this reformulation, many addicts made the switch over to heroin. Since then, heroin-related deaths have tripled in the U.S.