She doesn’t care what you look like. She doesn’t care about your ministry or how much money you make. She doesn’t even care about how you treat her. She’ll take your soul, just as she has with all of her victims, And she has been busier than ever.
There is heroin epidemic in this country and it is sweeping through all communities – not just poor and urban areas. The biggest culprit? A trusted source – Doctors who are overprescribing painkillers.
There has been more stringent regulations set for prescribing these meds, but the damage has already been done. Once users cannot obtain the prescribed pills, they turn to heroin. Overdose deaths have gone off the charts.
According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more addicts are substituting one opiate for another resulting in an alarming rise in deaths from heroin overdose in the United States, with the most significant increase occurring between 2010 and 2013.
They also note that death rates from heroin overdose have actually quadrupled since 2000.
Furthermore, in 2013 alone 40,000 people in the United States died from some form of overdose. That means drug poisoning was the leading cause of injury-rated death in the country. The leader in this category? You guessed it: heroin.
The report presented by the CDC also demonstrates that heroin doesn’t discriminate for age, sex, nor race:
Men were 4 times more likely than women to die of overdose, but there were still over 1700 women taken by this epidemic. The highest rate of overdose demographic: non-Hispanic white persons aged 18-44. And every region in the US experienced a rise in heroin-related deaths.
What’s even scarier is that it doesn’t seem to be getting any better, anytime soon.
According to a recent study conducted by Columbia University that was published in the journal Injury Epidemiology, the drug overdose epidemic in the United States will actually peak in 2017, at about 50,000 annual deaths.
Education and awareness are our most powerful combatants to this deadly epidemic. It must be understood that prescription painkillers aren’t safe, just because they are authorized by doctors. If we don’t come to realize the danger of this epidemic soon and increase the availability of both education and treatment for this killer, she will never stop.
At Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat, addicts of all opiates have the benefit of receiving acute medical detoxification care in a hospital setting by ASAM certified addiction physicians.
Hemet Valley Recovery Center & Sage Retreat offers a full continuum of care including: Acute Medical Detoxification, Rehabilitation, Residential, Partial Hospitalization and Recovery Residences.