The devastating impact of heroin abuse and dependence has been felt across the country by men and women of all ages and demographics. The dramatic increase in heroin abuse can be largely attributed to the recent increase in narcotic painkiller prescriptions. When painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone first hit the pharmaceutical market, medical professionals were informed that they were exceedingly safe to use – therefore, they started being prescribed regularly for the treatment of mild, moderate and severe pain-related issues. It was quickly discovered that these medications were extremely habit-forming, though by the time this was discovered and the US government began to crack down on distribution, many individuals had already developed opiate dependence disorders. Rather than seeking treatment once their “supply” was cut off, many turned to a less expensive and more readily available alternative – heroin.
Since then, heroin addiction and heroin overdose-related fatalities have been on the rise. At Immersion Recovery Center, we have extensive experience treating men and women of all ages who have been suffering at the hands of a heroin abuse disorder. Because this specific drug is now commonly cut with fentanyl – an opioid narcotic more than 100 times more potent than morphine – seeking professional help immediately is of the utmost importance.